Distance: 96 miles
Weather: Sunny, low 80s
Pretty soon after leaving the capital of Illinois this morning the riders were riding on country roads with corn and soy beans growing all around them. This is becoming a theme and one that’ll be with us for a while! Also, with it being a Saturday, we saw a few local riders today, notably one that rode along with James and Wayne for a bit.
Everything around here seems to have some king of tie to Abraham Lincoln and our first sag stop was no exception. After 30 or so miles riders stopped at the “Lincoln Trail Memorial Park”. This park claims to contain the site of one of Lincoln’s boyhood homes…of course the home is no longer there but there is a sign that tells about it.
The next mile brought our cyclist through so pretty looking farmland with some beautiful farm houses and barns. The roads here were so lightly travelled that I could imagine myself being on a bike path. That can be dangerous so we still need to focus!
The nice folks at the Cisco Fire Department once again opened their firehouse to us to use for our sag stop. They provided restrooms, hospitality and even some ice! Thank you so much CFD! See you next year!
Shortly after the sag, riders arrived in Monticello, a town with a few options for food. Some riders availed themselves to this and one even visited the Railway museum, which I hear was “really worth it” (Thanks, Richard!). Just a couple cornfields later and our riders were home for the night, all ready to take a shower in Champaign! (corny, yes!)