81 miles, 1371 feet climbed
After a day off–one more to go in Erie, PA–we’re off again. We started going south from the hotel, then across Champaign and Urbana, passing through the University of Illinois campus. At Peyton’s fire station a group of his colleagues, more than I expect were on duty at the time, were by the side of the road waiting to greet and razz him. Then it was on to the countryside.
Bob M. and I took a brief detour on a bike trail that paralleled the road our route was mapped to. And suggested that we take by at least one auto driver. It was not paved but instead packed fine gravel, OK today but not where you’d want to be if it were raining or wet. Our SAG for the day was at mile 39 or so at a park in Danville. I’m beginning to feel better and had a little more push to my pedaling.
As we crossed into Indiana and were taking our pictures of the welcome sign, a gentleman paused to advise us that the road we were about to continue on was dangerous for cyclists, this gleamed from his experience as a state trooper. I wouldn’t argue the point as the next few miles offered a sketchy shoulder often bisected by a rumble strip. On the other hand, we do have some recent experience in this realm, perhaps more than we’d like.