So my self diagnosis on not feeling great recently is..... sun poisoning.
I'm not sun burned because I use so much sun cream/spray but I have been over exposed.
I had begun wearing a vest top a few days ago because it was the most comfortable option, but have just been a touch overconfident.
It had kind of wiped my energy, given me hot and cold chills, aching skin and hands and some sleepless nights.
So to combat I drank more vitamins and salts etc, kept cool as much as possible, soaked in cold baths, slept with aircon set to super, maxo, mega arctic, slapped on some Aloe Vera, started riding earlier, fewer miles and with arms fully covered etc
It seems to have done the trick because today's riding was the best of the last 3 days. I took things slowly and managed to go 69.6 miles by 13.15.
I started out cautiously. Up at 6 and on the road by 7am having had a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast!!!
Getting out of bed is more difficult when there is a wall of cold air waiting for you though.
I wasn't sure if I was feeling better but after 3 hours of riding I began feeling more confident.
I have been lucky the last couple if days because when I needed cooler temperatures I got them. The hottest I have had to ride on has only been around 26C/78f once the day warmed up.
Not much to report on the roads today.
I bought an actual roadmap for Illinois which has proven to be a lot more accurate than google maps on the phone.
I had another road closed dilemma. Again I opted to ignore it and found a very easy way around which saved many miles of detouring. The scenery is still fields and occasional small towns - but I can smell Chicago and I can't wait.