July 27, 2018
Carbondale – Marion KY
163 km (101 miles)
2080 m (6822 feet) elevation
6:43 moving time
5270 km (3275 miles)
Today was our second day riding in Illinois which so far is our favorite state to ride in. The road surface is silky smooth, the scenery is beautiful, the people nice and drivers considerate.
We rode through some quiet backroads with no traffic and wonderful scenery. It rained a lot yesterday so this morning there was dense fog so the view was limited to 100 meters or so which made riding in the forest a wonderful and almost magical experience. Our photos don’t do the beauty justice.
The hills in Illinois are not as steep as in the Ozarks but we were constantly riding up and down and ended up climbing the most number of meters in a single day so far, more than 2100 meters!
The only way to cross the Ohio river in our area is by taking the ferry which we did and enjoyed a few hundred ‘free meters’.
By crossing the river we had entered Kentucky, our second state crossing in two days. Kentucky is the state we have looked forward to riding in the least of all the states. We have been warned about loose aggressive dogs and some of these dogs are not only a nuisance but can be dangerous. A rider we met today was bitten by a dog in Missouri and had to be taken to the hospital. The police were called to the scene and the dog was put down. Another rider we met today told us he used his pump to beat dogs who come too close.
We have also been told that the riding conditions in Kentucky are not exactly the best in the US and we could see the difference right after crossing the river. The shoulder is very narrow or non-existent. So far the traffic has not been heavy so hopefully the shoulder will be better where the traffic is heavier.
There are churches on every street corners in the towns it seems like.
We are feeling strong despite a long and hilly rising day. Kentucky is the second to last state so we are beginning to feel excited about how close we are to reaching the destination.