Day 20, Aug 6th
Start: Dwight, IL
Finish: Wabash, IN
Elevation Gain: 1010'
1950 S. Wabash St.
Wabash, IN 46992
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miles, this is the longest day of our trip. It turned
out to be an easier day than I had feared. The forecast
was for headwinds all day, but the winds were reasonably
light, the temperature was mild, and I joined a nice
paceline to share the wind-blocking duties.
with the contingent from Maryland (Greg and Elizabeth)
and Virginia (Kim, David, Mike and
scenery was very similar to yesterday's ride through
Illinois - mostly farm land and trees with very few
all day, with a few other folks joining us occasionally.
We maintained a good pace of between 17 and 20 mph into
the wind, and even with our dawdling at the rest and
lunch stops, we still made it to the motel in Wabash
before 5:00. Of course, we started the ride at 6:00AM
very few photos as we rode today because I didn't want
to leave our paceline and risk fighting the
shows our progress across the country. We're getting
pretty close to our destination
miles on my own. The scenery was very similar to
yesterday in Illinois.
weather was just about perfect today. It started out a
little cool, particularly since we left the motel just
as the sun was breaking the horizon. But by the first
rest stop, it had warmed up nicely to the upper 60's and
didn't get that much warmer through the rest of the day.
This is very unusual for this area of the country in
August. On most of these tours, the cyclists are
contending with temperatures in the 90's with humidity
figures to match.
SAG stop by a corn field
of farm land in Indiana as well
lunch in the shade
captaining the pink tandem
applies a little sunscreen
Marie at the lunch stop
Someone played a little joke on Marlene since she's been
riding tandems for the last two days
arrives at the motel
giving her bike a thorough cleaning