Day 15 - Albert Lea to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
the great chocolate chip cookies, and the new supply of energy
tablets, my cold was getting worse. I had developed this one really
painful saddle sore, that was a pressure point about the size
of a walnut. There was no broken skin, but the various remedies
I was trying weren't working. I used desitin every day to prevent
rash-type sores. I powdered my shorts constantly to stay dry.
I also tried alcohol cleanings, followed by applying Vitamin E
oil at night, at the recommendation of the masseur. Jane Vanni
had recommended Borofax, saying it was the only thing that worked
for her. I finally found some in a drugstore near lunch, along
with a new bottle of vitamin C. I took quite a bit of vitamin
C in hopes that it would help me to fight off this cold, but I
still felt pretty bad.
I joined up with Team Extreme again in the afternoon. Sally's
knees were even worse and the hills in Iowa took aim at them.
I was quite surprised by the steepness of the hills. I guess Iowa
isn't all flat. It was quite beautiful and a wonderful
change of the dull cornfields of South Dakota, the pavement on
the downhills was a little too rough to enjoy. Then we crossed
the Mississippi River and into a decidedly non-flat Wisconsin.
We were crossing upstream enough that we would not have major
problems with flooding. Prairie du Chien had been flooded earlier
in the summer, but the major problems now were a bit downstream.
We took a quick break at McDonald's, where I cleaned them out
of chicken fajitas. I ate at more McDonald's on this trip than
I have in the past 10 years!
My cold was really kicking in, and I really felt bad. I worried
about being able to ride the next day, but worked with Lon to
set the tandem up anyway. We were able to get my saddle on the
clamp on this bike. Apparently the other tandem had a different
type of clamp. We put my pedals on and set the seat height and
handlebar height, and planned to ride the next day. Lon said we
wouldn't be able to leave until 7AM, which meant I could actually
sleep in a little later the next morning. I needed it too. After
my massage, I picked up some fruit juice and throat lozenges and
aspirin and headed off to bed. Unfortunately our air conditioning
didn't work well and our room overlooked the indoor pool, so opening
a window only got us even warmer air.
Of course I wasn't the only one having a tough time on the trip.
Every night there was a line of folks icing knees and ankles.
Lot's of knees and ankles got taped up, and evryone was looking
for the special remedy for saddle sores.