Good morning tho its now afternoon. we did a road tide this morning and went early. its the tulip festival. what used to be a small local event has become a crowded chaotic nightmarish traffic zoo. we have a route that does not go near the tulips and sticks to farm country, most of it was quiet and normal. the last mile or so was busier than it usually is, but we don't need to make turns or cross intersections and can ride the road shoulder. mostly our route works. we took a chance going on a sunny sunday but we went fairly early and had a nice ride. about 25 miles, 2 hrs 7 minutes. this goes on for a month or so until the tulips get decapitated to officially end the event. week days are better until this is over.