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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 9: Greenfield to the Route 66 KOA near St. Louis

Day 9: Greenfield to the Route 66 KOA near St. Louis

Well, the fee guy never showed up, so we got a freebie last night and headed out around eight thirty in the morning.  The winds were still on our faces as we headed South but I held out hope we could pull off a seventy mile day to end up at our friends’ house in St Louis.  We stopped in the town of Kemper, Illinois around 10am and took a break on the porch of their town hall. One of…

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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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Day 6: A day off in Havana, Illinois

Day 6: A day off in Havana, Illinois

Today was Esme’s birthday. We went out for breakfast / lunch at the local diner which has some really poor quality from-a-can food.  I ordered the ruben sandwich as a treat to myself and it came out looking like this. I took a bite and didn’t even get any meat. For $7, I felt I should get some meat in every bite.  I felt like a jerk, but seven dollars is worth refusing the sandwich.  She returned a bit later…

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Day 5: Jubalee College State Park to Havana, Illinois

Day 5: Jubalee College State Park to Havana, Illinois

We woke in there night to thunder claps and bright flashes of lightning.  The rain had started about the time we’d gone to bed but having looked at the forecast we’d covered everything we wanted to keep dry with the 6′ x 8′ tarpaulin sheet we’d been carrying. In hind sight, we really needed an 8 x 10 or 10x 12 sheet.  When there was a break in the storm we jumped out of the tent and hurried to make…

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Day 4: Wyoming to Jubilee College State Park

Day 4: Wyoming to Jubilee College State Park

We decided to spend part of the morning going through our bags and deciding if there were things to be sent back. For one, because we brought too much stuff, and for reason two, we were moving slow.  We stopped on Wyoming around noon with a large bag of things to mail home… Boots, sweater, extra bike parts, and a few other odds and ends.  After unloading a few pounds for a few bucks at the post office we connected…

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