Old Flying Farts Bicycling Club
Carbondale, IL to Owensboro, KY

Today, we started the ride at 7am and it was already 84 degrees out.  It hit a high of 93 degrees with a heat index of 103---IT was hot.  Thankfully, we did not have many hills today and the ride was pleasant.  We went off the reservation again and did not use the maps.  We found that they are taking us the longest routes with few towns in between and that causes problems for getting food and hotels.  We ended up in almost the same place as the maps wanted us too but we were able to cut out 53 backroad miles and one day of riding!

We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or as Rod is saying "its probably the train!" but in a few days we will be in Berea, Ky and we have family coming to visit us for the day.  That has raised our spirits and I am looking forward to seeing my kids, parents and sisters.  After that we make the final push through the rest of Kentucky and all of Virginia. 

We did pass over the Ohio River and into Kentucky today and found that there was no "welcome" sign.  We both wondered if that was an omen or is Kentucky trying to tell the Illinois people something:)

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