However, before Cathy ferried me to Dallas City we met four people from Montreal who are also riding the MRT and heading for New Orleans. They take turns driving. The other three ride and they switch every hour and a half.
I started out riding through farmland until the road joined the river in Nauvoo. The next 15 miles were beautiful. The road followed the river closely and I was largely protected from the wind. Gentle rollers made the ride interesting.
I think this is one of the largest patches of lily pads I have ever seen.
I think this shows how much higher the river can be. Most of the pads are on stems 6" or more above the water.
A few miles farther in Warsaw Cathy met me for a picnic lunch. While I never saw the rider, it appeared another cyclist was camping overnight here.
Unfortunately, this was pretty much the end of nice scenery and mild winds. Within a few miles of leaving this site, I was on long, straight roads through farmland and was subject to 3 H's--heat, humidity and high winds. The gentle headwind of 5-6 mph was now nearly a constant 12-15 with gusts of 20. It was coming out of the SE and the only time it wasn't more hindrance than help was when I went due west. The road seemed to go on forever.
I'm not sure if I took this next picture because I thought it was fun or if I was just looking for an excuse to get off my bike in the 90+ degree weather with a hot wind in my face.
You gotta love this windmill that has probably not been working for a while.
I'm ready for a day off. I have been riding six days for 429 miles and the last four have all been mostly against the wind. Tomorrow we are going to explore Mark Twain's home town.
Today's data (my power meter which also measures cadence stopped working - I swear I put a new battery in yesterday. Don't believe the maximum power. That was probably the death throes of the meter):