I left Muscatine earlier in order to avoid the predicted heat.
Mississippi River at Muscatine
That was a good move. It warmed up quickly and the temperatures reached 90 degrees F in the afternoon.
The wind only had one direction – in my face. It was blowing hard with about 10 to 15 mph. My route was leading me mostly over open field. So nothing to hide behind. It was really hard.
Halfway on my route I passed this historical site:
I usually replenish my water after about 30 miles at a gas station. But there was no gas station until Burlington. I was running out of water, it was getting hot and I was getting desperate.
I reached a little village called Kingston where I hoped tho find a gas station. The only thing I found was a vending machine which only took coins. I had money for one drink which was not nearly enough to continue.
Across the street there was a family sitting in their garden and I asked them whether they would refill my bottles with water. Such nice people. Bob and his family didn’t hesitate a second. Bob’s daughter went inside and refilled my bottles and even put ice cubes in it!! What a service. Bob invited me to have a seat, which I gladly accepted. We had a nice talk.
Bob wanted to follow my progress and I sent him the link to my homepage. Thank you again for your hospitality. I don’t know whether I would have made it to Burlington without your help.
I was contemplating the idea to continue to Fort Madison but it simply got to hot and the wind was relentless. After a good meal at The Drake right at the bridge crossing the river, I decided to stay in Burlington.
Burlington is interesting, particularly from a transporting perspective. Ever wondered what the sign on the trains BNSF stands for? It stands for Burlington North Santa Fe Railway. It is the second largest freight railway network in North America. BNSF employs 44,000 employees, has 32,500 miles of tracks and operates over 8,000 locomotives.
BNSF is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the company of Warren Buffet. While BNSF is a product of hundreds of mergers over the last 160 years the name Burlington originated from Burlington IA. Amazing.
Although I planned on having a shorter day, I still ended up cycling 57 miles. Tonight and tomorrow morning there should be some rain. We’ll see.