Well, Day 18 of Lee’s cross-country bike trip is now done. Today we rode 96.2 miles, from Kirksville, MO to Quincy, IL. Time on the
bike was 5:39, and that didn’t include the stop within sight of the hotel at the Steak'nShake (their Peach Shake is highly recommended!)
As we got underway from Kirksville this morning at 7:00, Missouri got another 70 mile shot at us, and it dished out a ton more
rollers, but fortunately the skies were overcast and temperatures cool, and wind was not a factor. We’re all glad to have Missouri behind
us; in the three days we rode there, we did over 15,000 feet of climbing in what I used to think was the flat mid-west.
first food/beverage break was in a tiny village of Baring, MO, which looked like it had been very prosperous about 100 years ago.
We next made our way to Canton, MO, along the west bank of the Mississippi River. We had lunch there, and watched the ferry ply back
and forth that would take us over to the Illinois side. The river was high, and there was certainly evidence of the flooding that
has affected this area recently, and is now moving further south. The ferry trip itself only takes about five minutes, and then we
started off on the eastern half of the country. Illinois must feel that the ferry crossing is un-sign-worthy, because we had no place
to grab our obligatory photos in front of “Welcome to __________”. I guess I’ll grab an Illinois shot by crossing the road for a two-fer
when we go from Illinois to Indiana.
After a twenty mile ride south along the Illinois flood plain, we arrived in Quincy. This
town is surprisingly quaint and well-kept, with a real mid-American charm to it. Unfortunately our stay is in the Comfort Inn and
Resort, out a bit and away from the riverfront downtown.
Tomorrow we have planned a 106-mile jaunt over to Springfield, where
we will be two nights (our second of two rest days is on Saturday.) Looking forward to a little time off the bike to rest my legs
The Baring Exchange Bank, built in 1896, has seen better times. Still, I was impressed by it's former grandeur. Baring now is home
to 196 residents per the sign.
Riding down Maine Street in Quincy, IL, which has a nice, Victorian flavor to it.