Distance: 106 miles
Weather: Sunny, high 70s to low 80s tailwind, PERFECT!!
As much as yesterday’s weather irked us, today’s made us very happy. We set out in cool temps in the low 70’s. We passed through towns with names like Liberty (why didn’t we get here on the 4th of July), Chambersbourg, where we played on swings at the first sag stop and Meredosia, where we crossed a tall narrow bridge over the Iowa river! And the winds kept pushing us eastward.
Riders were surrounded by corn most of the day, most of it so high you need to really pay attention that there were no cars coming by peering around corners before going through intersections. Some of the farms we passed were already in the midst of harvesting the corn. I guess if we came just a week or so later it would be easier to see cars at the intersections.
A day is never complete without some construction but this time it was just a railroad crossing being paved and riders were able to walk right around it to avoid getting tar on their bikes. That stuff is hard to get off! After the construction riders flew into the “Land of Lincoln” with a nice tailwind pushing them. Some stopped by the State Capitol which was on our route to take pictures and a few even went in! The hotel is very enticing after 106 miles so I admire those who go visit the sights!
Back at the hotel everyone was talking about what an “easy” 106 mile day it was. I don’t think they would have ever imagine saying the words “106 mile” and “easy” in the same sentence before this trip!
Today was also rider Jan’s birthday. Some celebrated at a little place behind the hotel, others “Happy Birthday” to him this morning but let’s wish him a Happy Birthday here as well!