2 1/2 hours later, a new ignition coil, a lighter wallet, and we were back on the road to Viroqua, WI for the Kickapoo Kicker. Check out our new-to-us camper 🙂 Let the bike excursions begin!
I signed up for the 150k (105 miles) *gulp* and planned to be on the road by 0630am Saturday morning. Mother Nature didn’t like this idea apparently. Lots of rain and thunderstorms pushed the start time back by 2 hours and cancelled the 150k and 200k options 😦 (Okay, I was secretly happy. I knew from 2yrs ago that the 100k was challenging enough for me. See that post here.)
We finally got rolling around 0840am. The first 25 miles went by without a hitch. I felt great and climbed great. Here is a picture of my partner in crime Joanna and I at the first rest stop—>I have to admit, I even felt pretty great up to Wildcat Mountain, which is at about mile 41. But after that…it goes without saying, that the Kicker kicked my butt again!
There is just nothing in the Minneapolis/St Paul area that compares to this type of elevation. Nothing. At. All.
I have to give a shout out to Joanna for riding with me. It was so much more enjoyable to have someone to enjoy my misery with 🙂