Day 4: Kempton to Rensselaer

August 14, 2014 § 1 Comment

After a long day, we’re very nearly there!

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We got an early start to the day with an absolutely incredible breakfast served up by Gia and Mark, the Greenhouse’s proprietors. Crepes, potatoes, omelets, garden-fresh fruits and veggies, and honey from the hives on the property. Delicious!

The ride was a long one. We went nearly seventy miles, almost all of them into a headwind. We may have been spoiled by the tailwinds earlier this week, but it certainly seemed much more challenging than it would have otherwise. The terrain was flat as a crepe, but wind can make it all seem uphill. We made slow progress, but we moved forward with not a single flat!

We had a delicious lunch in Iroquois and became acquainted with more great people. We love how easy it is to talk to people here!

After lunch, we continued east and crossed the Indiana state line within minutes. We didn’t realize we had left Illinois for miles! Eventually, we veered off the Adventure Cycling Association map and headed north so we could get to the hotel. It was a drawn-out end to the day, with several miles directly into a strong wind and several more on a busy road with no shoulder. We did eventually make it to the hotel, and beds have never felt so comfy! Tomorrow’s ride is all of three miles to deliver the bike to a bike shop for storage, so we (hopefully) won’t get as exhausted. What an amazing ride it’s been!

IMG_5527.JPGGia, the best breakfast chef in Illinois. Featuring dog.

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Iroquois, home of the Bunkem Burger.

IMG_5528.JPGThree new friends from lunch!

IMG_5531.JPGWe only realized we were in Indiana when we entered Brook and noticed all the 219 area codes.

IMG_5532.JPGTime for some much-needed rest!

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