Thursday, July 3, 2008

Day 32 - From Kirksville, MO to Quincy, IL - 87 miles

Today we officially buried our weather angel… what a great companion and a sad goodbye! The goodbye was noticeable by the raingear clothing we all wore this morning – George, pictured right, really hates the rain and I think he might believe he will melt away if a drop hits his skin… so sealed he is! We had on raingear for the first 20 miles or so and then the rain stopped and by the first sag stop, I was able to take my rain jacket off. By this point, my feet were already soaked but the air was cool and nice out. It never hit above about 77 degrees today – very very nice! So, the weather wasn’t THAT bad. We do look forward to our weather angel's resurrection, when she decides to come back!

However, today was a tough day and exhausting. It took me over 6 hours and 30 minutes to ride only 87 miles – not sure what took so long – lots of hills and lots of wind. Today was a hard day for many people. When I got in, I just jumped in bed and didn’t move for an hour – I woke up refreshed but can’t believe we have a century (106 miles) to do tomorrow – hopefully, it won’t be as hard as today. Regardless, it is always nice to be out everyday on my bike exploring the country… even when its hard!

We entered another state, Illinois, and said goodbye to Missouri. We weren’t in Missouri for very long and I feel like the days are going so quick. I almost want them to slow down just so I can make sure to take it all on before it is over. I feel so blessed to be able to do this ride. We had to sag over the Mississippi River today for safety reasons… I was going to swim but it was cold out J

1 comment:

Unknown said...

How does IL compare to MO and KS? Sounds as if you survived the rain and pleased to see your camera is working again. You go, girl!