The wind was tough and fierce straight out of the southwest while I plodded westward. With the weight I carried and the wind, I could barely average 10 mph. It was about to get worse.
First I have to mention that I biked thru Willow Slough. What a great treat…deep forest, wild life, and no cars or people. Cool. As soon as I crossed into Illinois, black clouds stacked up. Wind intensified. I stopped and quickly got on rain gear and put phone away. Lightening started and the air felt charged. Rain was blowing sideways, and I felt vulnerable.
I noticed a grain elevator about one mile south (wrong direction) and these are generally located near small towns. I found the Beaverville Hardware store with an awning I could hide under where I took the pic below.
During my wait, I saw a post office across the parking lot. I used this opportunity to mail home some weight – extra pants, selfie stick, and other clothes. I’m considering sending my stove home but still thinking about it.(Editor note from Jane: I think this is a BAD idea!)
I left Beaverville and headed north. About five miles in the second storm hit with lots of lightning and then pea-size hail. Sideways rain driven by wind.
I biked 41 miles total to a Quality Inn in Bradley, IL. See hotel pic below…wet clothes everywhere. Chance to get a pizza and some clean laundry.
Not the greatest mileage but a really tough day with sooo much wind. Slow speed with strong crosswinds took constant work to move forward.
Today was about persevering, I guess. Certainly lots of adventure!
BTW – ate pizza at hotel then got sick.