Flora to Fairfield
Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
51Trip End Ongoing
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We left the the restaurant and rode about only 4 miles and pulled over for water in front of a shop that sold western clothing and saddles. Devon thought this was a little blessing, her slim chance to get more horse liniment, a therapeutic gel for sore muscles, which they didn't have any. The owner, Rochelle, had several questions for us and she also looked on her computer for lodging for us after our next stop. None was found. We left the saddle shop for the remaining 6 miles to the Briarwood Inn in Fairfield, Illinois.
A redeeming factor on these rough and windy days is riding by the farms, because we love when the cows and horses take notice of us, the look, the stare. Usually some stroll over to the fence to study us as we ride by; we suspect they spot our bright red or yellow bags.
When we're on state roads we ride single file so we really don't, or can't interact, but near the end of the today's trip when Route 45 turned from going South to going towards the East, we both gave each other the thumbs up from our first rush of relief! Much to our relief the Briarwood Inn was soon in front of us and as with everywhere we stop is filled with friendly, curious people. But today, while riding, I couldn't help thinking that if I were 40 years younger I would have made the 96 miles to Cave-In-Rock, no matter the weather with the wind!