Part one is here, click any photo for larger.
I took a closeup of one of the blooming weeds from the "tunnel of weeds" yesterday. Here it is. I have theorized that they are milkweeds, but I am not sure. I googled some photos of milkweed and there about a zillion varieties. If you know what this is, drop an answer in the comments, I would be interested to know. Whatever they are, they do well around here.
Eventually the path that leaves Middleton and follows Route 12 ends. It ends at Rauls Road. After that, you are on the hills big time. It looks a lot like this from here on out. That hill may not look like too big of a deal at first glance (enlarging the photo gives you better scale too), but it is, especially after you have ridden 40 miles of them already. This is one of the first hills I climbed, and the last one before you return and get back on the path. It is very steep. On the backsides of these you can approach 40 mph. I usually back it down to 30. Much over that and I start to feel uncomfortable (nice talk for scared shitless).
Along the way there are lots of farms. I was somewhat blown away at the different things that grow on the farms around here. Time for the first quiz...do you know what this crop is? There were a lot of fields that I saw that were planted with this. If you think about it you can get it. You former farmhands will get it right away.
Here is a closeup. I will drop the answer in the comments.
I was happy to see that lots of fans of LITGM were out to greet me on my ride!
Three more parts to come...