Average Speed - I'm really getting tired of tracking this stat
Lodging - America's Best Value Inn
First, I crossed the Mississippi River and with that, I'm now in the eastern part of this country.
Second, upon crossing the river I entered Illinois, the 8th state of this trip.
Nothing but Net
As you can see by the mileage and the milestones, this was a big day. The first half of the ride was hilly, while the second half was flat. I think the second half was the more difficult, owing to the heat and the fact that there wasn't an iota of shade!! The sun beat down on me relentlessly. For the last half, I chose an alternate route, which was called the Mississippi Levee Alternate. I'm envisioned riding along this levee with idealic views of the river...NOT...I didnt even see the stupid river. I found myself out in the middle of nowhere...among one lane, poorly marked roads...trying to find my way...did I mention the unrelenting sun that beat down upon my pitiful head???