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04/18  Release the Cows!
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04/25  I'm in a flat land
04/26  Ghetto in the Fields
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I'm in a flat land


tl;dr: Cycling across southern Illinois is flat and boring. I contemplate alternatives. I continue on.

I slept pretty well. It rained most of the night, but the tent was dry and as comfortable as tents get.

I'm no longer super-white. I've even progressed beyond instant-sun-burn.

It's a bit flat here, and critter habitat consists entirely of corn. I've seen no critters aside from the very occasional whistle pig and doves. There are so few cars on these roads that I feel obligated to wave to each driver I meet. They all wave back, even every-other driver on their cell phone. Okay, those old ladies with the big dark glasses holding a cigarette don't wave back. The roads are narrow, so passing cars often pull right into the far-side gravel as they go by.

I've been gone for a week, now. Today I managed to peddle 75 miles. That's an improvement over the low 50s every day so far.

So the Illinois back roads are pleasant. But they can be boring. Miles and miles and miles of nothing but future corn. It got me to thinking: Is this bicycle trip worth it? What is the opportunity cost? What would I have been doing for the previous week had I not left home? Given that I am normally the most boring person alive, I can say with certainty that I would have:

  • Possibly contributed slightly more to my job than I did while in a hotel.
  • Walked my uncle's dog two, maybe three times around his property.
  • Accumulated a dozen hours reading comics on my couch. (Really.)
  • Played some five hours of Planetside 2.
  • Consumed more calories than I burned.

So even if what I'm doing now isn't great, it's far superior to the alternative. I suspect the only one who would really benefit from my staying at home is the cat, because she would not now be spending the summer being fed in the barn. But she was fatter than I was, so there's that.

crossing Interstate 72

every one of them was barking

who would want to trespass?

never stopped me before

camping near Macoupin Creek

the cat being fed in the barn

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