Journey to the East: 16 July 2012

Written by robert on July 17th, 2012


Sunset over Lake Fletcher

No matter what, you are lonely, my shadow: I move it to see
-Hōsai Ozaki

Chasing shadows
The temperatures have been rising and this day was clear and blue and would get to the upper 90s (f). Riding away from Iroquois, back among the fields, I soon crossed the border into Indiana – no sign to indicate my crossing, just the road number changed. Little else changed though, it was all still corn and soy fields cut through by little numbered farm roads with the occasional highway crossing. The road quality deteriorated and there did seem to be more trees – not quite every square inch given over to the factory farms. The route through Indiana is really on the back roads with few towns and most of them having a population in the hundreds. So with the heat today it was tough – I wasn’t able to stop very often to recover. There was one very welcome Ice Cream shop outside of the one horse town Buffalo which had served many a Northern Tier cyclotourist. I was able to recharge a bit and do the final leg of a long hot day. At this point too the time zone changed – I’m now on eastern time, the final zone change of the tour. I arrived at the Fletcher Lake Fishing Access where the route guide said you could camp. The info sign indicated otherwise, plus there was no water beyond the lake and not even a picnic table. However it turns out that just around the corner is the Fletcher Lake Campground which actively welcomes cyclists.

My clothes a little tattered;
myself a bit too –
traveling still

Chasing the shadows of the clouds –
seeking respite from the sun


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Thad Curtz says:

    I love reading this every morning – though when I get to the temperature part, I’m glad I’m not out there pedaling!

    • robert says:

      Thanks a lot Thad, that means a lot. I gotta say sometimes when the temps are so high I’m right with you! Thanks for reading and again for the hospitality at the start of the tour.

  2. Apertome says:

    Welcome to my home state! The southern part of Indiana, where I live, is quite different — it’s hilly down here. Yes, the northern part of the state is mostly flat corn and soy fields.

    • robert says:

      Thanks for the welcome and for reading! Touring is always just a narrow thread through any region and it is a mistake to think one has the flavor of a state from just that thread. I have visited Bloomington though which definitely is my kind of town.

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