…riding the wave that is cross-continental travel by bicycle.. Today’s been a day that felt like I wasn’t the one pushing forward at all, I was just following the current.
Departure: Le Roy, IL @ 6:45am
Arrival: Danville, IL @ 3:45pm
Distance: 75 miles
Counties travelled through: 3 or 4
Flats today: 0
Weather: tailwind and cool and overcast
Total number of wheels travelled on today: 10
Miles away from a new time zone and state: less than 1
Today’s ride and experiences was as usual, very fun and enjoyable. Here’s the shortest summary possible: tailwind, overcast, Cool, met people, skating.
Once again, thank you to Kathy who gave me a place to stay last night! In the morning, I got a big hug, and was off with one destination in mind: Indiana. I headed down US 150 east, and rode through towns like St Joseph, Champaign, and Urbania. When I set off, it was early, cool, and quite foggy. Foggy enough, in fact, that I decided to switch on my Princeton Tec rear blinker, and hope trucks behind me noticed it in time. Definitely a new weather feature to add to my list! Not quite as crazy as mL-size hail or lightning on the plateaus in Utah, but nonetheless, notable.
But I could hardly complain. I had a weak tailwind for the entire trip! This made me nice and speedy, and left me to simply ponder lots of things while I rode. Things like, ‘am I accomplishing my mission to the fullest extent?’ and ‘am I ready to get back to my classroom? Is it ready for ME?’ Along today’s ride, I stopped a good bit, and met a bunch of people and told them what I’m doing. I love smiles. Can you tell? Nice to meet you, Jerry, Stacy, and the bunch of other people I met on the roads!
I made it to the easternmost town along 150 in Illinois by 3:45, and stopped at a dairy queen to catch myself up. I realized, I will make it to Pittsburgh by Thursday evening if I keep up this pace! Not necessary at all though. Instead, I can hope to spend time speaking with people talking about brain injury in the major towns in the upcoming 2 states. So I decided to relax and let fate happen, in Danville.
And it did. I had stopped at a picnic bench on the outskirts of Danville, outside the Illini Skateland rink and was just twiddling on my phone when a young woman walked up to me and handed me an ice-pop. Yes! I told my new friend, Abby, how I loved to skate and almost immediately, she invited me to skate at the rink. I of course said, “absolutely!”.
For the next 5 hours, I skated, talked, goofed around, ate, and made new friends at the rink. Totally fun. I ended up staying there, in my raisin hope
Jersey and pants, until 11pm. If you’re ever in Danville IL, be sure to rent some roller- or inline skates and ride the smooth wooden rink. Trust me, it’s addicting. Added benefit: everyone there is super-friendly. Here’s my new crew of Danville skateland friends:
Here’s how I felt about it:
Now…. Freeze! Please keep Danville teenager Logan Cudney in your thoughts. On July 25, he was involved in a car crash that left another teenager dead, and he remains in critical condition… In a coma from an open head injury. Let’s all raise hope and make it so that he recovers as fully as possible.
Why aren’t I in Indiana? I couldnt say goodby to my Danville crew until 10pm. So, i found a place to sleep on :this: side of the state line. Thanks for reading! Tomorrow: to Indianapolis I go! 83 miles!