Sep 132015
 
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

Day 62- Huntington, Indiana

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Did anyone forget to take away this sign?

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

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Main Street, Huntington, Indiana

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 Posted by at 2:35 AM

Day 61- Rensselaer, IN to Peru, IN

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Sep 122015
 
Day 61- Rensselaer, IN to Peru, IN Indian Trails Campground, Peru, Indiana   After leaving Chris and Jodi’s hospitable home (not without having to return after 15 minutes because I luckily remembered having forgotten my e-book in the comfortable room I stayed in) I reached the Indian Trail Campground in Peru, Indiana which, although actually not far from Interstate 31, is located deep in a wood and has a very natural feel to it. On my walk through the wood I found a large pond almost completely covered in algae and an improvised home with an old camper almost covered in plants. A fence with a sign “Hell with the dog, beware of the owner” is meant to deter nosy visitors like myself. I find out that this place belongs to the two young people – well actually, the girl seems very young and the man seems too old to be her partner and too young to be her father ….- who delivered firewood to a camper next to my nice covered campsite. I walked up to them and, thinking they were putting the wood there for themselves, asked them if they planned to stay for the winter. The hesitation was only short and the girl said, ”Yes, we are, but not here. We live up over there in the wood.” “Doesn’t that hornets’ nest in the tree near the boats worry you?” I want to know. “No, they have so far only attacked other people – we think they know we love nature …” Ok, well! The manager of the campground is another surprise. She raised five children, her first one was born in Mainz, Germany, ^in the US army barracks in the 1960s. Her husband had an army career so he went back to Europe after spending some time in the US and having another 4 kids. In Germany, however, he had a German girl and a kid waiting for him. After the divorce he completely abandoned his former family and still lives in Germany, now retired. The lady remarried and now manages the large campground with her husband who is suffering from nose cancer probably caused by the fumes of the spray paint which he inhaled for 18 years. He is proud never to have used a sissy mask during his spraying! He later owned a gas station in the south before he moved to rural Indiana with his new wife to manage the campground … Very nice and friendly people, uncomplicated and very talkative – the lady even tried to remember some German! I’m right on my plan to reach Cleveland around the 18th or maybe a bit earlier …
Sorry, the gps-file contains two days ... this happens if I forget to delete the previous day's data in the machine ...
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... at leaving Jodi and Chris' home in Rensselaer - but before remebering the forgotten ebook which made me return! Still, a memorable stay with wonderful warmshowers hosts!

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What more do you need????

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"Fall" or "autumn" is definitely approaching!

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A different kind of "retreat" (that is a much over-used word over here ...)

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One of several hornets' nests - my video shows them entering and leaving - it's alive!

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The nest is in the top left hand corner

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These "professional"-looking cables can be found all over the campground - but the people are nice!

 Posted by at 2:30 AM

Day 60 – Ashkum (Ill) to Rensselaer (IN)

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Sep 102015
 
Day 60 - Ashkum (Ill) to Rensselaer (IN) Writing my blog at Ashkum Village Park yesterday evening sure had its price: I collected about 200 mosquito bites around my ankles - somehow I didn't really notice them ... until they started itching so badly I couldn't dream of sleeping although I generously applied anti itch cream! So I again got up at dawn and left very early but without hurry. I had a warmshowers host arranged for Rensselaer, my first town in Indiana. Since it was only 56 miles or 90 kms I knew I would not have to hurry. I came across an interesting cemetry near Iroquois (pronounced "írokoy") with a sign saying that a Mr. Fry, whose gravestone indeed confirmed this possibility, had faught in the War of Independance! After buying more anti itch cream at Walmart's in Rensselaer I went to a MacD's ... Jodi and Chris turned out to be most wonderful hosts! Both are very nice, gentle people with a lot of stories to tell and have only recently decided to open their 5 bedroom house to cyclists like me. They seem to be looking forward to the variety of people this brings into their home. We spent a very enjoyable evening in a newly opened Mexican restaurant. The owners, a whole family it seems, still have to refine their routines and do something about the terrible “classroom accoustics” in their restaurant but the food was excellent. Small town life was one of our topics and it turned out that one of the professors at the college in town has the habit of publishing current news and developments in Rensselaer in such detail that some people have come to rely on his blog even more than on the local paper. 🙂 The Kosari’s Labrador has proven my previously expressed theory that owning a dog seems to be a prerequisite to becoming a Warmshowers host, the only exception to this rule in my experience so far being Jason and Graham in Vancouver! No map,see next day (Day 61)  
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1758 - 1838!

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Jodi and Chris Kosari are enjoying a seminar on theology - they work as voluntary pastors!

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