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Update #23 - October 20
Union City, Tennessee

Mission Trip 74 Total: 730.59 miles (1,168.94 km)
Year Total : 4,817.44 miles (7,707.90 km)


October 06 - SA : Chester, Illinois to Murphysboro, Illinois : 35.47 miles (56.75 km)
13.32 C 17.68 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 542.65 miles (868.24 km)
Year Total : 542.65 miles (868.24 km)

I was able to get a little sleep last night. I did spend a lot of time tossing and turning.

I left the motel around 8 am. The sky was clear. I made it to the South side of town okay. After about 3 miles, there was a long downhill run. Once I got passed the tipple on the River, the truck traffic lessoned and the terraign got flatter till I was in the River Valley. The ride south went okay even though it was already warm in the upper 90s. There was a little bit of wind coming from the Southwest.

I made 22 miles by 11:30 am. I was concerned about water but I found a working spigot at a grain store. I decided to stop there for an early lunch break to get out of the sun. I drank a couple of bottles of water while I rested for about 45 minutes.

From where I had stopped, it was a four mile ride to IL 149 where I turned to Murphysboro. For about .33 miles, there was a long steep climb of about eight percent. From the top of the hill, there was about a four mile roller coaster ride going up and down several hills. I walked up the hills.

I got into Murphysboro around 3 pm. I stopped at a Caseys for a short break. From the Caseys, it was a couple of miles ride to the motel where I had a reservation. Tomorrow morning, I'm going to get up early and ride to Carbondale for church. I'll stop at the Super 8 in Carbondale tomorrow.

October 07 - SU : Murphysboro, Illinois to Carbondale, Illinois : 10.27 miles (16.43 km)
13.58 C 18.42 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 552.92 miles (884.67 km)
Year Total : 4,639.77 miles (7,423.63 km)

I was able to get a little sleep last night. Being that the bed was in north-south orientation, it helped. I didn't toss and turn much. I woke up early. There wasn't anything offered for breakfast so I got something out of my food pannier.

I left the motel before 8 am. The ride to Carbondale went okay. I got into downtown Carbondale around 9 am. I stopped at the First United Methodist Church. I didn't get a good reception. People didn't acknowledge that I was there. After about twenty minutes, I decided to leave and go to the First Presbyterian Church a couple of blocks away. The reception that I got was a lot better there. People were more friendlier towards me. The church is between pastors. A couple of months ago, they had asked their former lady minister (of about 15 years) to leave since she was getting complacent. At the beginning of the service, there was time for joys and concerns so I was able to talk for a few minutes. This was the third time for the trip and the 20th for the year.

On the way to the Super 8, I stopped at an Aldis to get a few groceries.

I've got about a 22 mile ride to Anna tomorrow.

October 08 - M : Carbondale, Illinois to Anna, Illinois : 23.84 miles (38.14 km)
14.18 C 18.82 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 576.76 miles (922.82 km)
Year Total : 4,663.61 miles (7,461.78 km)

I didn't toss and turn much last night so I was able to get some sleep. I woke up early.

I left the motel before 8 am. The ride through Carbondale went okay. I did have a little bit of problem getting through the university area. I stopped at a gas station on the south side of the city for a short break.

The ride south was slow because there was a headwind. There were also a lot of hills with long climbs. I was able to ride up all of the hills. I was riding along a ridge line. Because of the hills and the headwind, I was only able to ride 18 miles by noon.

The afternoon ride into Anna went okay. Not knowing if there was going to be a guest laundry at the Super 8, I found one of the local laundromats to get all of my dirty clothes washed and dried. It was a bit expensive because they just had front loading machines. It cost me $3.50 to do one load because I already had some liquid soap. From the laundromat, I stopped at the Walmart to get a new rear inner tube and also some groceries. From the Walmart, it was a short ride to the Super 8 where I had a reservation. I had passed the hotel on the way to the laundromat.

Tomorrow, I will be riding to the Cairo area. Tomorrow is going to be about 11 miles longer.

October 09 - T : Anna, Illinois to Future City (N Cairo), Illinois : 36.73 miles (58.77 km)
15.10 C 18.90 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 613.49 miles (981.58 km)
Year Total : 4,700.34 miles (7,520.54 km)

I didn't toss and turn much last night so I was able to get some sleep. I actually dreamt some. For some reason, I accidently fell out of bed when I rolled over. I didn't think that I was that close to the edge of the bed. There wasn't much in the way of hot food except for waffles that you warmed up in the toaster.

I left the hotel a little after 8 am. The ride along US 51 to I-57 went okay. The temperature wasn't that hot because the sky was overcast. There were a few hills that I was able to ride up. Once I got to the interstate, I headed south on old US 51. There was a long downhill coast into Dongola.

I rode through Dongola. Once I got passed Dongola, the terraign went to pretty flat because I was riding next to a railroad. I rode through the small towns of Wetaug and Ullin. I stopped at a car shop because there was a pop machine. The ride to Pulaski went okay. I stopped at a church for a short break and to fill up my water bottles. I went a couple more blocks and stopped at a grocery store for a short break. A guy in front of me at the cash register paid for my soda and pastry. I took about a half hour break. By noon, I had ridden 23 miles.

On the south side of Pulaski, there was a short hill that I walked up because there wasn't any shoulder. The ride to Mounds went okay. East of Mounds, I got on IL 37. The ride to IL 3 went quickly. Before getting to the Quality Inn where I had a reservation, I stopped at a Dollar General to get a few things. The Quality Inn is in a really remote area.

Not to sure about tomorrow. From what I saw on the tv weather this morning, there is supposed to be an 80 percent chance for storms tomorrow.

October 11 - R : Future City (N Cairo), Illinois to La Center, Kentucky : 22.43 miles (35.89 km)
15.66 C 20.34 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 635.92 miles (1,017.47 km)
Year Total : 4,722.77 miles (7,556.43 km)

I didn't toss and turn much last night so I was able to get some sleep. I actually dreamt some.

I woke up around 6:30 am. I left the motel a little after 8 am. The temperature was really cool so I had to get my jacket on. There was also a cold wind.

The ride into Cairo went really fast. There wasn't any place to stop in Cairo. Right before I started to cross the Ohio River Bridge. I came across a really large pile of loose change. I didn't pick all of it because my coat pockets were getting really heavy. I still picked up almost $2 worth of pennies and other coins. I carefully walked about halfway across the bridge because there was no shoulder. Once I got up to the high spot, I quickly rode the rest of the way across the bridge and the causeway on the Kentucky side.

Once I got off the bridge, I stopped to take a few pictures of the state sign. The ride into wickcliffe was a little tricky because there was a really narrow shoulder separated by a rumble strip. I stopped for a short break at the gas station in Wickcliffe. I took a few pictures of an unusual human powered vehicle. Somebody had converted a plastic canoe into a pedal powered paddle boat using a long wheel base recumbent. There were paddles fastened to two large wheels up front. There was a way to fasten two small wheels on the back so it the boat could be pedaled as a velomobile. There was no way that this thing could be pedaled really fast. I found out that there was a recumbent rider's convention in Nashville, TN.

From the gas station, I walked up the steep hill on US 60. Riding along US 60 was really tricky because there were hills, rumble strips, narrow shoulders, and lots of traffic (especially trucks), My noon, I had ridden 20 miles.

I got into La Center around 12:40 pm. I stopped at a Dollar General for a few things. From the Dollar General, it was a short ride to the motel. I'll be riding around 20 miles to Paducah tomorrow.



October 12 - F : La Center, Kentucky to Concord, Kentucky : 18.79 miles (30.06 km)
16.13 C 20.87 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 654.71 miles (1,047.54 km)
Year Total : 4,741.56 miles (7,586.50 km)

I didn't toss and turn much last night so I was able to get some sleep. I actually dreamt some.

I woke up around 6:30 am. I left the motel a little after 8:30 am. The temperature was really cool in the low 40s so I really layered up. The ride was really tricky for the first 12 miles because of the hills and the no shoulder because of the rumble strip. There were a couple of hills that I walked up. I stopped at a gas station in Kevil for a short break.

Six miles out of Concord, the highway turned into a 4 lane divided highway so there was a wide shoulder to ride along. The terraign also got flatter. I got into Concord around 12:10 pm. I stopped at a Hardees for some lunch. The motel that I had a reservation at was next door.

October 14 - SU : Concord, Kentucky to Paducah, Kentucky : 02.09 miles (03.34 km)
16.18 C 22.82 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 656.80 miles (1,050.88 km)
Year Total : 4,743.65 miles (7,589.84 km)

I woke up early around 5 am from a dream. Once it got light outside, I saw that it was lightly raining. The rain didn't end till around 7:30 am.

I left the motel around 8:40 am. It was a short ride west to the Concord United Methodist Church. I went around the church to the entrance. There were covered front steps so I was able to put Allison in a dry location using a ramp. The first service ended around 9 am. I got a donut and some chocolate milk in the fellowship hall. I was connected with a Sunday school class. They were watching a movie because the teacher was out of town. They didn't finish the movie at the end of the class. There were several people in the sanctuary who welcomed me. During the beginning of the service, there was a place to express joys and concerns. I was able to talk a few minutes. For special music, a little boy played a song on his small violin. There were a few people after the service who talked to me.

Fron the church, I rode East passed the EconoLodge, the interstate, and stopped at a BK for some lunch. Across the highway was the Days Inn where I had a reservation. They had a full house yesterday because there was a concert in the city and the musicians stayed here. I was going to try and get Allison and my gear up a flight of steps but I found a non-smoking room on the first floor in back that was almost finished with cleaning. I was able to get my room number switched to that one.

Tomorrow might be another day off the road. There is supposed to be an 80% chance of more rain tomorrow. The temperature is only going to be in the low 50s.

October 17 - W : Paducah, Kentucky to Mayfield, Kentucky : 31.46 miles (50.34 km)
16.97 C 25.03 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 688.26 miles (1,101.22 km)
Year Total : 4,775.11 miles (7,640.18 km)

I slept a little better last night than the night before. I was able to get some sleep, It was around 6:30 am when I woke up. Instead of walking clear over to the office for breakfast, I grabbed something from my food pannier.

I left the motel a little after 8 am. It was cool in the 40s. I rode US 60 to US 45. I rode passed a bike shop that I had stopped at before. If the motel next door was open, I would have stopped to have the drive train checked out. It was a long ride through the rest of Paducah to Live Oak. I walked up a steep hill because there was no shoulder.

Once I got passed Live Oak, there was a wide shoulder to ride along. I took my time getting up hills. A little after noon, I passed twenty miles. The rest of the ride into Mayfield went okay. I got to the hotel where I had a reservation around 2:30 pm.

I'm 26.7 miles away from the TN State Line.

October 20 - SA : Mayfield, Kentucky to Union City, Tennessee : 42.33 miles (67.73 km)
17.97 C 27.03 R
Mission Trip 74 Total: 730.59 miles (1,168.94 km)
Year Total : 4,817.44 miles (7,707.90 km)

I was able to get some sleep. I was able to dream a little bit. It was almost 7 am when I woke up. I got some breakfast before getting cleaned up and dressed. It was almost 8 am when I headed out. The temperature was in the 40s. It was good that I layered up. I backtracked a mile before getting back on US 41. I sidewalk road most of the way through Mayfield. Once I got out in the country US 45 was a rollercoaster with very little shoulder. I took my time getting up the hills taking a lot of mini breaks. I stopped at a gas station in Wingo for a short break. I got 20 miles in a little after noon. The rest of the way into Fulton went okay. In the northern edge of Fulton, I stopped at a Dollar General to get a few supplies. I got a little lost getting through the rest of Fulton and onto US 51. I crossed into Tennessee around 2:30 pm. I stopped at the state sign to take the traditional pictures.

Once passed the state sign, US 51 became a limited access divided highway because it was going to become the future I-69. I had to use Google Maps to find an alternative route into Union City. I got on TN 214 which was the old US 51 and it was pretty straight with moderate rollers. There were a couple of places where I had to struggle against a stiff crosswind of about 20 mph. Traffic was light.

I got into the northern edge of Union city around 4:30 pm. I rode through the downtown area and then got on US 51. Before getting to the hotel where I had a reservation, I stopped at a McDs to get some supper.



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