Day 14, Clay, KY – Goreville, IL 94 miles (1132 total)
Time on bike: 9:17:01
Avg: 10.3 mph
Daily Ascent: 6265 ft (67 ft/mile)
Max: 40 mph
Illinois! What gives!! I always thought of Illinois as being a flat, boring state! Apparently southern Illinois is covered in hills! I haven’t climbed this much since I was in the Appalachian mountains in Virginia! The hills weren’t long or terribly steep they were just plentiful.
Early on in my ride I came to the Ohio river where I had to cross by ferry. On the ferry I met a group that had their bicycles mounted to their cars and were heading for some light trail riding. We had a great conversation bout cross country riding and recumbent bikes. The guy I spoke with had an older recumbent bicycle.
To keep me from going crazy by just peddling my bike all day long and listening to – creak, creak, creak – I listen to podcasts throughout the day. I put one earplug in and keep the other one tuned in for traffic. Every time I stop for a break I charge up the iPod. Here’s what I listen to in no particular order:
Rob Bell – Mars Hill
Mark Nelson – Crossings
NPR: Fresh Air w/ Terry Gross
This American Life
ESPN: Best of Mike & Mike in the morning
ESPN: Football Today
Footballguys.com – The Audible