Day 29 – The Twig Stands Still – day off in La Crosse WI

miles biked – 10-15

9/28/2009 Waking up in La Crosse, WI we were not planning on a day off.  We got up, put on our span, loaded our bikes and went to Fayze’s Diner for a hearty breakfast (including a huge cinnamon bun cake that we devoured before our actual breakfast even arrived).  To burn off all those calories alone we needed to get on the road.  But as we prepared to leave town, the cold weather and huge gusts of winds felt like more and more like a warning – it was not a good day to ride.   The threats of the 40 mile an hour winds were not just threats.  We stood outside the diner not sure what how to be the twig – should we stay or should we go.   The only hold up, since we had plenty of time to get to Minneapolis in time for our bus to Denver, was that Anders had to catch a flight the day before our bus.  So we looked up the bus schedule from La Crosse to Minneapolis and our dilemma was not a dilemma any more.  We were going to lose a day with Anders, but we were going to take the day off that we didn’t in Madison and not ride in the crazy wind.

INSTEAD – Caroline went for a swim, followed by 20 minutes 0f pampering in the hot tub with the jets shooting straight at her legs.  Anders sent his gear and bike away and hopped on a bus to Minneapolis to spend the day with his friends.  Sara and Tracy spent some time at Smith’s Cycling and then went out on the town in search of beer.  The beer tour, of Pearl Street, and later City Brewery, as well as our attempt to check out the Oktoberfest grounds turned out to be a bit of a bust – none of them were open.  But clearly, our path was not to bike OR brew.  It was to rest.  So we watched a $3 screening of Paper Hearts, went out for dinner and drinks with our hosts at the Carriage House just enjoyed being in Wisconsin one last day.

The boys of the Carriage House were some of our favorite hosts yet (Conner, Bryan, Dylan, and Seth) In fact, Caroline regretfully proclaimed after dinner, “gosh, if I was in college I would have a crush on every one of them!” As our second night came to a close, Dylan prompted us to play the game of three’s with the boys in the house. We did not answer at the time, but, believe me, this produced lots of girl talk fodder for the next days ride! Thanks guys for your great hospitality and friendship!!

The Carriage House Boys

The Carriage House Boys

Carriage House Boys and Day off in La Crosse

Carriage House Boys and Day off in La Crosse


 
 
 

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