July 25th: Muscatine, IA to Kewanee, IL
July 25th Statistics – Muscatine, IA to Kewanee, IL:
- Today’s Biking Distance – 77.9 miles
- Today’s Average Speed – 15.4 mph
- Today’s Time In Saddle – 5.1 hours
- Today Ascent – 2,111feet
- Total Trip Biking Days – 33
- Total Trip Biking Distance – 2,554.5 miles
- Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 77.4 miles
- Total Trip Ascent – 75,594 feet
Today was forecasted as the hottest day of our entire tour – high of 105 degrees in Kewanee, Ill. The entire group started biking at 7 am to try to get to Kewanee as soon as possible.
While the roads in Illinois were very smooth for the first 10 miles, they deteriorated. At one point we had to bike on what I would describe as 3 miles of rumble strips – I could barely focus due to the constant jarring and vibration. And then we had the bad luck to face just before Reynolds, IL a 6 mile stretch on which our side of the road had been stripped of pavement yesterday and was being prepared for repaving. While not legal or necessarily the safest action to take, I (and others in the group I was told) biked in the on-coming lane which had just been paved several days ago and was as smooth as can be. Fortunately, traffic was very light and when I saw traffic ahead I darted back to the bad side of road or pulled over to the shoulder until the traffic passed.
A great experience for the day was my continued ability to maintain a higher biking speed (even in the high temperatures) – I kept up with Robert and Doug for much of the day. By the end of the day, my eyes were burning from the sweat I could no longer keep out of my eyes. When I arrived in Kewanee at 1 pm, I treated myself with a pint of peppermint stick ice cream for lunch and a two hour nap.
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