Day 22, The Land of Lincoln #TransAmRide4TBI 7/30/17

Our sleep was disturbed multiple times during the night by passing trains. This didn’t stop us though from getting up early and getting on the road. We did delay a bit though so that two of the world’s biggest nuts, a pecan and Jr, could check each other out. After that, it was a quick stop at Cassie’s for breakfast and coffee, and then we were on the road. 

The miles steadily melted away all day as the beautiful Missouri countryside rolled by. Weather was favorable and the riding easy. Our plan was to make it into Illinois, and then see how many miles we could get before dark. 

We made our regular break stops approximately every 20 miles whether there was a town or not, but tried for towns when possible. We were low on good so needed to get what we could when we could, which mostly consisted of Cassie’s gas stations for the day. 

As evening started approaching we slowly closed in on Quincy, IL. Unfortunately we found that our river crossing was going to be on a very narrow bridge, with heavy traffic, and no shoulder. Less than ideal, but we made it safely across. 

In Quincy we made a brief stop hoping to restock some on food. Struck out, since little was open that late on a Sunday. We had enough to get through the night and morning so we would be ok. 

We continued on part Quincy, hoping for some more miles, but we were starting to run out of light. Our ride quickly became a search for a place to camp. Unfortunately, everything was very clearly private property, and there were no places we could safely hide. We finally passed under highway that had a big cloverleaf of on and off ramps. We initially rode past it but circled back and found a place hidden inside the clover leaf in the tall weeds behind some bushes.

Camp wasn’t in an ideal spot with noise from highway all night. However, the long weeds provided nice padding under the tents and proved quite comfortable. Ended up being a good night’s sleep. 
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About Douglas Sawyer, MS, ATC

I am an athletic trainer who is also a very avid athlete. My first love is running, but I also love cycling and triathlons and many other activities. I'm not a swimmer though, I just don't drown for 2.4 miles... As a athletic trainer I work with sports injuries. I currently work at a school with athletes in 7th-12th grade in a wide variety of sports. I can be found on twitter at two different names: @IronmanLongRunr - where I tweet about run, bike, tri, & more @Longrunr - where I tweet about athletic training
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