The day started with thunder and lightning. We woke up to a boisterous thunderstorm that slowly phased itself out as we left our campsite at the Bayshore campground and headed out in the dark with wet roads and dark clouds ahead.
The weather turned on us as it cleared up by mid-day — a high of 74 degrees with a crystal blue sky. The cool summer day was complemented with a tailwind and then a blue sky. We have got to be the luckiest cyclists ever on the Big Ride Across America!
Once we got to Sandusky, we found these amazing insects — the Mayfly. There is a website called the Mayflies of Lake Erie which gives all the background on this localized insect. Mayflies usually live for 24-72 hours. They spend 1-2 years on the bottom of lake Erie as a nymph living burrowed in the mud. They hatch around June and can be found everywhere around the lake. They fly around lights at night and then latch on once they get tired of flying.
This bike ride between Indiana and Ohio was fantastically flat with more corn and soybeans. You can imagine how thrilled we were to see a field of oats to give a sense of variety.
The roads are now becoming more populous as we head East. There are more cars on the roads, more potholes, ruts and objects that take a high degree of focus as we ride. Our ride leader, Charlton DuRant from VeloSante,tries to start each day out with a gentle reminder about how important it is that we keep our guard up and use best rider practices. As we ride in the same lane as the car traffic, it is important to know when to “take the lane” and when to keep to the side. Safety is an important part of our coast-to-coast bicycle ride, so we have the highest regard for our rider safety — every day!