"The best thing about the future is that it . . . only comes one day at a time."
-Abraham Lincoln, found by Margaret while she was shopping!
"The quieter you become, the more you hear."
-Anonymous, found by Margaret while she was shopping and I was pedaling!
"I have learned that being with those I love is enough."
-Anonymous, found by Margaret while she was shopping and I was pedaling uphill!
"Never let yesterday . . . fill up today."
-Anonymous, found by Margaret while she was shopping and I was pedaling uphill in three feet of snow! Not really and I'm thrilled that she can do fun stuff while we pedal!
Century.4! We pedaled 103.19 miles today, 46 of them in Wisconsin. Our route took us from Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin to Dixon, Illinois. We pedaled some of our day on bike trails again. Out of Wisconsin we rode on Badger State Trail and we entered Illinois on the Jane Addams Trail. When we come across trails we usually take them to get a break from the sun, hills, and traffic.
We are now in state number six with eight states to go. Total mileage so far is 2,299 miles!
States crossed thus far: Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin!
About eight miles out of Mt. Horeb, Jonathan had a flat. We're getting good at changing tubes and tires but it's not something to which we look forward. The cows across the road, however, thought it was quite interesting and came to the fence to watch.
Margaret met us for lunch at the Red Apple Inn in Monroe, Wisconsin. Good food but we were next to the smoking section. Since smoke can't read it invaded the non-smoking section and even though the food was super . . . the place was stinky!
In Monroe we met Gene who told us about the Badger State Trail out of Monroe. He also helped us find a place to eat. Gene rides in one of those electric scooters and gave us an escort to the Red Apple Inn. We followed him and invited him to lunch but he already had plans. He was a great help for us today.
Dixon, Illinois is known for being the home of Ronald Reagan. Tomorrow morning we plan to drive to his home, take photos, and we'll share them with you tomorrow evening. I'm really doing this for Mike Dorough, a friend of mine and one of the best youth guys in America! Mike is one Ronald Reagan's greatest fans. I don't think we'd cease being friends if I failed to get the photos but I'm not taking any chances!
Ronald Reagan is one of my favorite presidents. I remember when he was a cowboy in the movies. He was always a good guy. That was when Hollywood was good. Hollywood now is green, gross, and greedy with way too many actors who don't like much that America stands for. I remember the Hollywood that was American with patriots like Jimmy Stewart who flew twenty-five combat missions as a B-17 pilot, Gene Autry flew C-47s in Burma, Charles Bronson was a nose-gunner on a B-17 with twenty-one combat missions, Kirk Douglas was a communications officer on a submarine, James Garner was wounded several times in Korea, Audie Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor and was the most decorated American soldier in World War II, Walter Matthau flew combat mission with 8th Air Force as a B-17 tail gunner, and the list goes on and on. Ever wonder why Jack Palance had such sharp facial lines? He had facial reconstruction after his B-17 crashed in England in 1943!
What do we have in Hollywood now? Well I know of an actor who played a Navy pilot in Top Gun! There are now very few, if any, Hollywood heroes . . . or Top Guns!
Pardon the soap box stuff. I'm just big time patriotic. I still get teary-eyed when I hear "The Star Spangled Banner." So for me to be in the hometown of a real American president is a big deal. In this town lived a man who is still highly respected by most: a man who led our country for eight years, a man of integrity, a man of convictions, a man with a good reputation.
"Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).
Ronald Reagan was ninety-three when he died. The date was 05 June 2004. As someone once said, "A giant oak has fallen in God's forest."
Someday each of us will die. Someday people will talk or write about each of us. We are, at this very moment, writing our own reputations.
Choose a good one!