Day 30

Ended up riding 95 miles today.  Started in the back country of Rhinelander and ended in the back country of Bowler.  Rita rode with me for about 30 minutes.  She is a a joyous woman full of laughter.  Bill is a good hearted man.  I said goodbye and headed to my destination of Bowler.

Many lakes today.  If Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, Wisconsin must not be far behind.  Again the land was filled with deep, dense green forest areas, and all of a sudden, you would come around a corner and a big lake would be there.
It seemed to me that many of these small town lake areas had restaurants that were closed, retail stores were abandoned, and homes for sale. I wondered why?

I was encouraged by the small farming communities that I rode by, especially in the back country.  Those areas seemed to be flourishing for the most part.  You could tell that some farm buildings and barns needed some work. 

Bowler is a small town.  When I got there I was told the nearest motel was 6 miles away.  I tried calling but had no phone service.  When I arrived, there were no vacancies and no camping areas.  I had one last hotel to call and sure enough they had a spot. 

One other thing that I have noticed in Wisconsin is there sure are a lot of Lutheran churches. One of my heroes of the faith is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran Pastor.  He challenged all of us to pursue justice even when it's not popular or easy.  He encouraged us to care for and defend the persecuted and to follow God relentlessly.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging in a nazi prison camp just two weeks before soldiers from the United States liberated the camp.

May we all be men and women of courage and conviction like Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

I'm praying for you all,
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Today's Route: Rhinelander, WI to Bowler, WI