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Day 62 - Peru, IN to Huntington, IN 12.09.2015 Today was a strange day, "mixed pickles" I like to call it. I slept in, it was cold and uncomfortable, my quads were still hurting - I definitely needed a break, but the camp in Peru was not inviting ... And I was kept awake this time by a dog who every other hour came back to look for food and started whining and wimping. Didn't get off until 9:30 (Indiana time, I had missed that I had already crossed another time zone and my clock said 8:30 - only my Garmin was right, of course... ) All during my ride I was listless and couldn't set my mind to doing a long distance. So in Huntington I decided to check in with the YMCA so see if I could do some laps and stretch my muscles decently, and that was a wonderful experience. 10 bucks is steep for an hour's swim, I thought, but see what I got: The nice pool attendant lent me swimming goggles (I lost mine somewhere); I did 85 laps insteasd of the usual 80 in a lane all to myself to compensate for the 25 yards instead of meters to complete the 2 km; After that I got a nice half hour in the sauna; I had a nice chat with the local bike shop owner who asked me if my bike needed anything when he heard at the desk that I was the owner of that "interesting" bike outside ; and finally I watched a "tug o'war"-competition in this year's "Battle of the Businesses" in Huntington. Very relaxed, I went to eat a hamburger and then rode 5km to the city's campground only to find that it was closed. Mist! (sorry, German!) (Dave from Down Under would have written "strewth!", I believe ...) So I had to go up the hill again to the highway and checked into a motel which I definitely had not planned on. The receptionist made me a special price (my face must have told her stories!) and I found out that the campground was closed due to too many floods in the summer. Speaking of which: it is definitely over, the nights and the early mornings are getting colder by the day. I seriously have to take a day off but I haven't really found the right spot. Maybe I should take advantage of a rare YMCA center ... but that would mean another motel night. Hmm.  
... and again, I didn't delete the previous data; this is getting embarrassing. However, the reason is that the electrical connection between my Garmin and the pc is on the verge of breaking every time I plug it in. So, if I save the track, it asks me if I want to delete the current data. But I've already lost one in the saving process and that is why I say "no"; I might have to save / export it again later. It would really not be nice to lose my data due to a defective plug connection! But here is a new cumulative map, this time without the irritating colours:

Day 62- Huntington, Indiana


Did anyone forget to take away this sign?


The Battle of The Businesses - a fun meeting in the community of Huntington every year!


Main Street, Huntington, Indiana

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  10 Responses to “Day 62 – Peru, IN to Huntington, IN”

  1. Your persistence is inspiring! It must feel great to look at your cumulative map, eh?
    From this end it looks like really great progress and some special experiences.
    Ride on, René!

    • Hi Jenn, thanks – the map is awe-inspiring. Someone else must have done all those miles 🙂
      Falls here and I can feel it coming fast. All the best to you!

  2. Hi again René. Bearing in mind your reference to me I thought I should post a comment! I have been following you every day and enjoying your travels vicariously. Interesting to hear that it is getting cooler now and I expect that cam[ping options would be decreasing as camp grounds start closing for Autumn? Incredibly my left hand is still weak and I am working hard to increase strength. I am hoping to finally get back on a bike in about two weeks. Happy travels…and yes, by the context, „Strewth“ sounds about right , it is a non-offensive exclamation that can be used in any company. 🙂

  3. Hi Renee… You are in Amish country which explains the sign. You may see some horse and buggies along the way! Hope your trip continues going well. Very much enjoyed having you stay with us. Jodi

    • Hi Jodi, I expected to reach Amish country eventually but apart from that one sign I haven’t seen any indication at all ….
      Hope you’re fine, say hi to Chris and Charlotte from me!

  4. My grandchildren had a great time hearing about your journey. Do you remember Piper and Parker? We met at Wendy’s in Wabash Indiana? Good luck on your adventure. We will be following your progress.

  5. Lieber René, lieber Herr Lehrer, ich habe inzwischen viel dazugelernt und könnte tatsächlich Deine Reisebeschreibungen übersetzen. Vielen Dank für den kostenlosen Unterricht. Weiterhin viel Spass, aber leider ist das ja leider bald zu Ende. Deine alte Tante Irmi

    • Hi Irmi, my English classes are far from over – I’ll be going on to the East Coast heritage sites of the Pilgrim Fathers. So until Oct 15th or 16th you may go on enjoying my language input 🙂
      Thanks for your continuous support!

      • Hallo René, ich wusste gar nicht, dass Du so eine nette Tante hast!!
        Viele Gruesse von Dieter und Irmgard aus Stralsund, welche gerade bei uns auf Besuch sind und sie wuenschen Dir recht viel Erfolg fuer den Rest Deiner Tour.

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