A Really Boring Day In Illinois
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Mikey had a puncture due to yet another dodgy patch failing so we’re keen to find a bike shop in today’s destination Effingham. His back axle also seems a bit dodgy, something we really don’t want to get involved with. We stopped in Pierron after only a mile buying ice and meeting some very friendly locals who took a photo of us in their new cowboy cutout
The rest of the ride was pretty straightforward, but very tiring. We were on a quiet road which was mostly flat, but a headwind meant we could only do 11mph. We tried to have breaks every 15 miles, one of which was at Maccy’s for buy-one-get-one-free Big Macs at 11am.
After 60 miles we were extremely hot and bothered and still at least 10 miles from Effingham. It was 5.30 and obviously rush hour as all people suddenly got very grumpy with us slowing them down for a few seconds on their way home. We were abused 4 times and by the time we reached the campsite were ready to tell the people of Effingham to Eff-off!
Never mind though, we are here safe and sound and Camp Lakewood is a lovely spot. In a wood next to a lake as you can imagine. Loads of mosquitos so we’ll have to put up the tent/sauna and sweat it out tonight. It’s packet pasta and peas for supper again, but after 72 miles neither of us care, hopefully the camp shop has ICECREAM!!!!
Miles Cycled; 72 sweaty miles in to a headwind
No. of times beeped and sworn at: 4