But we managed to pack up and get on the road by 8 AM. I rode out with Bill this morning. Tom is going to drive the truck to the halfway point, then get on his bike and ride to the end while Bill rides to the truck and then drives it to the end of the ride. I think this is going to work!
The scenery today was typical southwest Michigan: farms and fields, a few small inland lakes.
The route was very well marked, as is typical for the PALM.
Bill and I did not ride well together--I kept getting ahead of him on the hills and waiting for him to catch up. But it all worked out OK. The truck was waiting for him at the fruit stop (mile 21.6) and he was ready to be done. I continued on alone, stopping at the Licorice Lady's SAG stop--can't miss that!
I arrived in Wayland before noon and found Bill and Tom in the parking lot of Ucello's restaurant. We had a superb lunch, and then went to Wayland Middle School to set up for the night.
There are 820 riders on this tour: 34 participants under 10 years old; 96 riders between ages 10 and 20; 52 riders age 20 to 30; 36 riders age 30 to 40; 86 riders between age 40 and 50; 189 riders age 50 to 60; 221 riders between age 60 and 70; 96 riders age 70 to 80; 10 riders age 80 to 90 and one rider over the age of 90. I have not me the rider over age 90, but good for him or her! Another role model!