David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
10/12  O Windy Day; O Windy, Windy Day
10/12  Illinois Beach State Park (South)
10/13  Evanston, IL
10/16  Left on Halsted and straight for a couple days
10/16  No peace from barking dogs.
10/17  No peace from barking dogs.
10/18  Little ants. Big Earth.
10/18  Cold, sore, sun burned and lonely.
10/19  Evansville -- what a hole.
10/19  And that's why I drive a Multitrack
10/20  Concern for my life on the Bridge O Death
10/20  Hang it, I'm not broke.
10/21  Who's idea was it to come THIS WAY?
10/21  A couple of notes.
10/22  So Lawng Kentucky
10/23  The difference between a hill and a mountain
10/23  Highway 68 is awesome
10/24  Way down yonder 'round the Chattahoochee
10/25  And I thought Chicago was tough.
10/27  I'm not so tough
11/01  Still in Atlanta
11/03  FINALLY leaving Atlanta
11/03  "A Pilgrim," he called me
11/04  A new contestant
11/05  A whole new country
11/06  Trailers West
11/06  Did somebody order pine trees?
11/07  Deep Blue Chevron Station
11/08  I think I goof off too much
11/10  Sea Roaches, Oil Rigs and Casinos
11/11  Hot time in the bayou
11/12  Running on one cylinder
11/12  The adventures of Broken-Knee
11/13  Way to go, Brown!
11/13  Thank God for Advil and Bungie Cords
11/14  Kids in the streets with guns
11/15  I can see cows for miles and miles
11/16  Pleasantly surprised
11/18  Not much to report
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Left on Halsted and straight for a couple days

1999-10-16

Well, the defining leg of my trip has begun. I am on my way out of Chicagoland--no small feat. Many of the roads resemble lava beds, and many of the residents shout at me in totally incomprehensible words, such as "ughabughaboy" or "he ya ohha e." I'm sure they mean well. The cars on this side of Chicago also seem to give me more clearance. I guess that's because if somebody hit me, it would knock all the rust off their car and then how would they stay warm in the winter?

I seem to making pretty good time, although I'm still not pushing myself too hard. I didn't leave downtown until 11, but I think I should be well out of urbanville before dark. I sure hope so. I basically left downtown on Halsted street, which ran straight into Highway 1. Unless traffic get's rediculous, I'll probably be on 1 until near the southern end of Illinios.

I consider this leg of the trip defining, because #1, I'm finally getting a reasonable distance from Milwaukee, and #2, I'll be able to see how many miles a day I can expect from myself so I can plan the rest of my trip accordingly.

Visiting everybody in Chicago was fun, but I didn't get much sleep. I am wishing I could hear a little more variety in responses when people ask why I'm here and I answer. I'd like just once to hear, "Cool. I did that once. Was a good time. Have fun."

I'm also putting together a little Top ? of the most dramatic emotional outbursts from people concerning me on this trip. Will your name be on it?

I know I've got a few individual emails to respond to. I'll try to do that tonight or tomorrow sometime.

Illinois

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