Tuesday, 10 April 2012
I woke up today after a somewhat chilly night's rest in the workshop. I felt well rested though. Struggled to get out of my sleeping bag because I didn't want to be colder. Turns out, it wasn't that bad. I was getting my stuff ready to head out and the man who was so kind to me who's name escapes me, invited me in for Cheerios with him. I got blueberries and some honey from the bees I got to sleep near along with a glass of V8. Ready for the day, I set out to Ottumwa for spare tubes to replace my broken valve and get another spare. Also bought a mirror to attach to my helmet. Changed out the tube and got on my way. Late start with everything, but well prepared. Stopped for lunch at the Beer Bank in Blakesburg, IA. Big, filling and delicious lunch casserole with corn and pie for dessert. Could not argue for $7.50. Finally got the wind at my back somewhat and made pretty good pace for the amount and size of hills I did not expect from this region. Turned west for a bit, then cut back south and crossed into Missouri. About seven I stopped at a red roofed house to see if I could sleep in the barn or garage. She said I could but the neighbors garage might be heated. I went next door. Explained to the Fowler's my situation. They asked if I had ID. Went to my bike to get my passport and license. When I got back they asked me how I felt about staying in a motel. I said I was trying to save money and they offered to pay for it. Asked if I had eaten. I got to eat delectable Easter leftovers. Ham, corn, green beans, homemade bread, potatoes and a glass of milk. I put my bike in his truck, and he took me back into town. I had hoped to find generosity along this trip, but I can honestly say I did not expect this much generosity. The benevolent kindness that others are willing to bestow onto complete strangers continues to befuddle me.