I had a really nice tailwind that helped me make great time.
Though I stayed on the highway, I was able to find a couple of interesting things I would not have seen if I had taken the side roads.
This was a little memorial someone created at a wide place next to the highway.
A couple more shots of the same area
And then there was this. I title it "Darn!"
I finally left the highway for the "Trail of Tears" State Forest. There were significant Civilian Conservation Corps activities here in the 1930's. You can learn more about it at www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/About/Pages/TrailOfTears.aspx
This was also where Cathy and I met for a picnic lunch.
Sometimes timing is everything. While we were eating completely undercover, it started to rain. Because she was here with the car I was able to add clothing because it looked like it was going to last a while. I put on a different vest with sleeves and my knickers since it was also fairly cool. I then finished my lunch. By this time, not only had the rain stopped, the sun came out for the first time all day. I took off the extra clothing and headed back out on the road.
This is the Trail of Tears road as I left our lunch spot.
I was again grateful for the tailwind. While my primary focus was getting to our hotel as quickly as possible, I could not help appreciating that it was really a nice day for cycling in Southern Illinois.
We say goodbye to Illinois tomorrow. Two states coming up--through Kentucky and into Tennesee.