Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back Home

Today, day 5, was our “rest” day – shorter mileage.
We left Columbia, IL today at 7:00 AM in a light rain that followed us all most all the way to Chester, IL.
The trail was very flat as we traveled through the river bottoms just to the east of the bluffs. We had a great ham salad sandwich at a small grocery store. This is not exactly the food the pro teams would endorse, but it tasted awesome on this rainy day.
As we got closer to Chester, IL the roads began to climb upwards again into the hills. We had some great views of the river.
We were greeted as we came into town by my coworkers with another great donation for CASANA. It was great to be at home and see my family. This evening there was a reception and concert benefitting CASANA in the center of town. It was a great way finish the day.
Tomorrow we finish the MAC Ride with a long day to Cairo, IL. At times this week seemed to go very fast, and other times, grinding up a hill for example, it seemed to move backwards. The forecast calls for rain, but we’ve been riding in and out of it all week, so no problem!

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