My wife went on a twelve-day cruise with her mom and sister a couple of months ago. I had it reinforced that solo parenting is hard, as I had the kids*. In appreciation, Mrs. Bgddy sent me on a camping/cycling sabbatical to Boyne City, MI USA for a few days.
Unlike lower Michigan, up north we have elevation change. My slowest speed yesterday was about 6mph. Top speed was over 47 (76 km/h). 33.6 miles at an average pace of 15 mph (24 km/h) – slow by normal standards, but we had over 1,400 feet of elevation gain in those 33 miles. Normal for us is 800′ in 100 miles. We aren’t here to hunt down KOM’s anyway, this is a fun trip.
So here we are on day two. It rained last night but it’s cleared out for the big miles to start later today. We’ve got a 100k (62.5 miles) on tap.
*Single Parenting: You can’t possibly cover all of the bases two people working together can so you have to make impossible choices what to cut – my heart goes out to all single parents, I don’t know how you hold it together.