Today was a nice leisurely 50.5 mile ride into Illinois, the 8th state on my journey and the home of Chicago, yee haa.
I managed to avoid letting myself believe the day would be easy. I told myself I was going 100 miles.
The temperature and humidity went up a few notches but I was still comfortable, or so I thought.
Strangely it's when you stop riding that you realise how hot you are. The wind/draft really helps to cool you.
At its peak it was 30-32C or 86-89f.
After crossing the Missisipi the fields and crops were noticeably muddy and wet. The whole area for miles from the river has flooded recently, apparently for the third time this year!
I was hunting out the quieter roads to ride which is becoming increasingly difficult. I had some music playing to help me keep a good tempo.
I often wonder what the local hillbilly (No offence) farmers must think when they hear some Industrial Techno music coming out of nowhere - only to then see sweaty old me coming over a hill, or around the corner, doing my own brand of bike dancing. To some people I must look and sound like I have just landed.
Since arriving I have been feeling some flu like symptoms. Mainly aching hot and cold skin, but not too bad. Worst case scenario is it's Man flu but it could be too much sun/heat exposure.
Anyway, I'm staying cool and replenishing everything and anything I have lost. I will see how I feel In the morning and if I'm not 100% I might stay put again and stay cool.
Last thing I want is another day off but I will take it easy if needs be.