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Navigating the Grid

2014-04-24

tl;dr: Peoria traffic was horrible. Illinois country road traffic wasn't. I used Google Maps to navigate.

Peoria traffic was horrible. Illinois country road traffic wasn't.

These Illinois farm roads are very pleasant to bike on. Well, except for the wind. They are flat and smooth and almost devoid of cars. On some roads I met more tractors than cars or trucks.

I spied folks outside a house talking, and so I stopped to beg water. Thanks Lisa, her husband Curtis, and Frank the Mailman.

The wind! Most of the day I was in low gear just pressing forward on level ground. There was no rain. The radar showed the potential for plenty, but it all went around me.

These roads are laid out on a grid. Sort of. They don't actually form a grid. It's more of a maze. I admit, I had my phone set up to navigate me. This was very helpful, because sometimes I had to turn every few miles, and rather than continuously checking my map, I just waited for the Google Lady to call out, "Turn left!" or "Turn right!" or "In 600 feet, continue straight."

The wind finally died down around 4 PM, which allowed me to get to a place to camp with minimal being-rained-on. I set up tent in time for a front to move through.

crossing Illinois River


lunch on the Mackinaw RIver








share the road






traffic


camping on Salt Creek

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