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Day 17: Almost to Shawnee National Forest

Day 17: Almost to Shawnee National Forest

Stories from the road soon… Last night we stayed in the state park on the shore of Rend Lake. A man-made lake constructed in 1970, I believe.  Nice and sunny today, we had a short ride and a 10mph tailwind. So far today we’ve purchased 3/4 pound of Pepperjack Cheese for $5, taken a shower, found a hat on the road, and I, Ryan, was bitten by a dog whose owner swore up and down his dog wouldn’t hurt us…

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Day 8: Into the wind to Greenfield, Illinois

Day 8: Into the wind to Greenfield, Illinois

We woke early to strong South headwinds and cold temperatures in the mid-fifties.  We packed up quickly and headed to the office expecting a breakfast buffet only to learn that last weekend was the end of the buffets for the season…  So we pedaled on into the wind for over an hour until we reached the town of Jacksonville, Illinois where the city was holding a parade in the town’s honor.  The town had a town square surrounded by a…

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Day 7: Havana to Crazy Horse Campground

Day 7: Havana to Crazy Horse Campground

We woke up early, but still took over three hours to get ready and packed. We departed mid-morning opting to take some back roads against the advisement of the Garmin GPS unit rather than brave the busy highway we’d rode in on the night before.  The winds were in the upper teens gusting over twenty miles an hour. Every pedal forward all day was like pushing through mud.  We still managed to squeak out forty knee buckling miles.  We stopped…

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