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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Hot Hills


tl;dr: I picked a horribly hilly route for my first day out, leaving Wisconsin and heading into north-western Illinois.

I picked a hot, humid and slightly rainy day to leave home via the most hilly route I could find. I think I packed too much gear and (as usual) I'm not in shape for this. I had to stop and rest twice on the incline leading into Elizabeth, IL. I arrived at the Apple River Fort where I pushed my bike to a shelter just as it started raining. I ate linner.

After Elizabeth I repeatedly found myself resting or walking. These hills!

Somehow I managed to not get rained on, though storms were popping up all around throughout the day. Once I checked the radar and found myself on the leading edge of a massive storm, but my phone's GPS hadn't updated, and I was really much farther away out of its path.

I'm leaving this failed tomato plant that hasn't produced a red tomato in five months.

One of my pheasants stopped by to see me off.

My cat, Trouble, isn't pleased with my travel plans.

I took a selfie.

I ate lunch in Warren IL and then looped back into Wisconsin.

This tree refuses to give up.

This is Charles Mound, the highest natural point in Illinois. It tops out at 1235 feet, and it has a house on top, so you can't visit.

Mound is noteable only because I saw its name on my map.

Even if there were a lot of hills, the roads themselves were mostly pleasant with little traffic.


Apple River Fort was originally built in all of a month in 1832.

The fort served its purpose of defending against attacking Indians once. It was then torn apart to build a barn.

managed 59 miles today, but that included 2800 feet of steep climbing. That kicked my butt a little.

and fawn. I saw a pile of deer today. I also managed to startle three horses in different pastures. Good times.


I thought I was camping in Mississippi Paliisades State Park, but it now appears this cornfield is private land that juts into the park.

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