I do want to remind everyone that this is a busy time of year for farmers and farm equipment being on the road. They won't be everywhere, but most likely the planting season will be in full swing, so do look out for those farmers "plowing" down the road. Also make sure you are careful crossing any roads, especially those with blind corners or hills. And we do cross a few paved state roads, so slow down enough to really look both ways and keep yourself safe. And last but not least on safety thoughts... you may encounter a country dog or two. I haven't run into anything terrible, but it's that time of year when dogs are finally emerging from their winter hiding places (so it seems) and seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere.
My last update for today is that a farmer friend of mind, who's home is along the route, told me he'd like to offer up a refreshment stand of some kind at his home. Unfortunately, his home is only 18 miles from the start, but it's still a super kind gesture. He will have some drinks (not alcoholic!), some nibbles, and he will even have a port-a-potty available! I know it would make for an early stop in the ride, but still feel free to take advantage of his kind hospitably.