July 2, 2010 11:14 pm
I got up before 6 again this morning, and did some work on the computer.
The day started out bad. I found that we had a browser hijacker on the netbook. It wouldn’t let me get to Windows Update or Hijack-This or any other helpful sites, but mostly let us go where we wanted. I was obsessed with killing the malware, but finally had to give up. We left the Motel at 10:45.
Our first stop was Blue Ribbon Meats in town – the only Co-op network ATM in a hundred miles, according to the finder. To my dismay, the ATM was not there. However, there was an incredible mural being painted outside Pop’s diner.
Good: delicious breakfast in Pop’s diner. Bad: Elliot got a stomachache, possibly from eggs, and we didn’t leave Glidden until 12:45. Before we left we saw the record Black Bear (665 pounds), and the largest white pine log ever hauled by sled. The bear picture didn’t come out well, but here’s the log:
We left into a moderate headwind, and at one point, there was a dust storm.
Nevertheless, we made it to Butternut, about 10 miles distant, in 40 minutes. We got cold drinks, as usual. Good: there was an ATM in the gas station store there, and I was able to replenish our cash. Bad: it was not a co-op ATM, so we got nicked $2 for the withdrawal.
Outside the store, I was accosted by a young waif selling raffle tickets. She was competing for Pioneer Queen. I got 6 tickets for $5. She was approaching anyone who would listen as they exited the store. It was refreshing to see some industry in a young person. This sidewalk angel gave me an improved outlook on the day. Autumn, if I win, just donate it to a good cause.
The road was brand new just after Butternut.
The black flies were swarming again, so we stopped to put on repellent. Unfortunately, when we tried to start up again, Elliot’s toestrap broke. We were not carrying a spare, and a cloud of flies orbited me like electrons about a nucleus, but I was able to use a large tie-wrap as a temporary fix.
A common sign on the road.
We reached Mercer at 4:30. We only did 44 miles for the day, but it was enough. As it was 4th of July weekend, both cheap motels were full, and with hesitation, we got a room at the Great Northern Motel. Although it didn’t have “suites” in the name, the room was $94 before tax.
At a nearby grocery store, I found salad on sale. Restaurants here don’t put much stock into vegetables. (I don’t consider potato a vegetable.) There was also travel size toothpaste on sale, so I got a couple, and a $3.99 size of laundry detergent.
There was a mouse outside the grocery store.
For dinner, we ate at the Wolf’s Den, which is a Bar/Restaurant attached to the Motel. They had a special, one pound of pork ribs and fries for $6. In fact, all their prices were quite reasonable. Elliot had the special, I had a plate of Bluegill fillets, and we traded a little. Both were tasty.
That picture was taken by Tiffany. She’s a professional photographer, and was sitting at the bar with Mark. We chatted a little about the bike trip. They are from Wausau, about 90 minutes from Mercer. They have two big but friendly dogs, Joker, with the orange collar, and Brik.