I woke up this morning to something running across my back. I did my best to locate and destroy but it was just too quick. It was a little reminder about where I was - I was up and out of the door fairly quickly after that.
It was not a good day on the bike. I was completely lacking in energy the whole time. In fact I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with me.
I had already made the decision to only do a short day. At 27 miles though, it was possibly a record.
Despite feeling fine at the end of a long day yesterday, it was not my intention to ride 80 miles. Maybe today's lacklustre performance was just a big hangover from yesterdays shock to the system, having not exercised for 15 days prior. I'm not sure.
I set off at 8.30 but it still took me until 1pm to finish. I seemed to be stopping every 5 minutes. A very slow ride.
About 5 miles after setting off I crossed into my 2nd state in as many days and my 10th in total. Arriving in Michigan also meant I rode into my fourth timezone. I lost 1 hour straight away, making the ride seem longer than it was.
The new time zone also means I need to re adjust my body clock further if I want to beat the humidity and temperatures. It really would be good to set off between 6-7am every day.
From here my plan is to head to Detroit where I will cross the border into Canada. I will then follow the north edge of Lake Erie until I arrive at Niagra Falls and cross back into the USA.