I started the day with 1 of the biggest breakfasts I have ever had. One plate full of egg, bacon, toast and a massive pile of (American) hash browns and a second plate with a stack of pancakes!!
I set off feeling very rested and with plenty of energy.
The roads were fairly quiet because its Sunday. I had some upbeat music to help me hammer out the miles.
I was flying, or at least I felt like I was.
The roads answered my prayers and flattened out which made for a nice change. There was cloud cover almost all day, no rain, almost no wind and temperatures stayed under 25C/77F which made for perfect riding conditions.
I had done 50 miles by 10.50, 60 miles by 11.30 and finally 88.12 miles by 2pm.
I actually made Burlington on about 85 miles but messed about for ages looking for a decent motel pushing the distance pedalled up.
I feel like I could have gone double the distance today (at a push). I'm forcing myself to slow down though.
I'm already giving myself 4 days to hang out in Chicago. If I continue that pace of riding I will be in Chicago for longer and things will get expensive.
Does anyone have any recommendations for Chicago?
Burlington sits on the mighty Missisippi River. When / ifI cross it tomorrow morning I will have arrived in Illinois.