I drove from Nebraska to Wisconsin after the race on Sunday. This area is called the driftless area. It is called this because it is one of the only parts of America that was missed by glaciers. The landscape is amazing. According to this website, this area was a prehistoric sea, where sharks swam millions of years ago.
Whatever the history, it is amazing. Giant bluffs, winding streams, groomed farms, super picturequest. I have to say it might be the best place in the country to ride a bicycle. Countless meandering roads, with virtually no traffic.
I met a group of guys from Steamboat Springs here. Kent Eriksen and his wife Katie, plus a gaggle of their friends. Then Dennis, from Cable, drove the 4 hours down. Pretty amazing group of people.
Yesterday we just wandered around for 3 hours. The climbs are pretty severe. Not long, usually less than a mile, but sometimes steep. LIke over 15%. I have a 25 on, but with these guys I might put on a 28 in the back.
I’ve not been feeling that good the last couple days. Probably allergies. I’m just feeling run down and weak. Plus, my breathing is horrible. So, doing longer rides with these guys is perfect. Not that they are weak, they just ride a different pace than I’m used to, which is perfect.
The garage here has an incredible collection of Eriksen bicycles. Lot of road bikes, plus Kent’s tandem, then a Fatbike that they are delivering to an ex- professional hockey player. It would be cool to have a weekend retreat of only Eriksen bike owners. They are beautiful.
Anyway, as usual, I’m behind. These guys are trying to get out early, like in 15 minutes. Tucker loves it here. He can run free and explore.