Bonnie and Phil provided breakfast when I camped at Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River.
Below: Phil feeds the wild turkey.
|Illinois wind farms: the cash crop is electricty.|
|Near Boxley, Indiana:|
I mistake the Dog Patch Hotel for a HOTEL.
It's a dog kennel and the owner let me sleep in the air-conditioned office.
|Crop duster. Cool!|
|Ronald Reagan slept here (as a baby).|
Tampico, Illinois, where he was born in an apartment.
|Look, Illinois is flat just like Ohio and Indiana.|
|Farm run-off (fertilizer) is clogging almost every lake, pond and stream I pass|
with algae growth.
|When you cross the Mississippi it's a huge psychological lift.|
Yep: bicyclers need to get "psyched," too.
|If it looks like I'm hot, it's because, damn it, I am!|
Preparing to cross the Mississippi.
|Bicycle trail along the Illinois River.|
An old canal tow path.
|Pedaling on a ridge in Iowa.|
Notice the trim new figure.
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