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Release the Cows!

2014-04-18

tl;dr: Joe let the cows out, so it's time to hit the road. I biked from Browntown south into Illinois to Polo.

Joe let the cows out today. (They spend all winter in the barn.) Summer has officially started. On a scale of nope to perfect, the weather is hovering around good enough. Time to hit the road. I have been planning this bicycle trip for at least a year and a half. Three days of good enough weather was all I needed to get started.

I left about forty degrees in the morning and headed east and got on the Badger State Trail and took that south. It turns into the Jane Addams Trail at the Illinois border. I followed that all the way into Freeport.

This winter I hit a new level of slothfulness, and I find myself at least thirty pounds north of good enough. So by the time I arrived in Freeport I was already whipped. Fortunately, Illinois residents aren't called "flatlanders" for nothing, and I had a tailwind. After Freeport I traveled south on a series of very quiet farm roads.

At the end of the day I find myself in a rundown motel on the edge of a town called Polo. I managed to peddle about 43 miles. It's not like I suddenly wimped and decided to get a room rather than camp. No, this wimp-out was premeditated. The temperature is supposed to drop to thirty degrees tonight.

I celebrate my first day with a traditional dinner of peanut butter and jelly, barbeque potato chips, and chocolate milk.

Then the traditional stress and exhaustion-fueled anguish hits. What am I doing here? Why did I leave my comfortable house? Can I get my work done on this tiny laptop? Fortunately, I know that this will pass as it has so many times before.

run cows, run


here I go again


Badger State Trail


Jane Addams Trail


geese




side roads in Illinois

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