BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 20; Sebree to Cave in Rock

Day Twenty Thane’s Blog: Take myyy adviicce

Monday May 20, 2013, 80 miles (129 km) – Total so far: 1,105 miles (1,778 km)

Today’s wrestling match between the old cycling dudes and their opponents was a fierce one indeed. The dudes were opposed by a team calling themselves the 4h brawlers. They consisted of hills, heat, humidity and headwinds. Even though it was 3 against 4 the cycling dudes eventually won after a 57 mile battle royal.

The hills just keep coming but the landscape is definitely changing. Today we passed several stretches of farmland that were actually not part of the side of a huge hill. Some stretches of land were almost flat. Corn seems to be the crop of choice in this area although as one dude who happened to be riding his 4 wheeler down the road said…….. “We plant corn, tobacco and marijuana.” “hehyalll waanna cold beer. I gots a bunch here n the backkk”. After which he immediately proceeded to bust one out and partake of its contents. Hey, its noon somewhere isn’t it. This same dude also offered up this advice before we shook hands and he rode off into the day. “Take myyy adviicce, if youall gotta pissss and shiitt in the wooods youalll better look out for dem coon traps. Da ones whos growen the marijuana put out dem traps to stop peoplesss from a getten into therr cropppps”

Just one more awesome piece of advice from the friendly locals around here. Boooyyaahhh. I will totally remember those words of wisdom for years to come.

The weather says severe storms may be on the horizon for tonight and the next couple days. We pitched out tents at the campground in Cave in Rock Illinois tonight. Yea that’s right peeps, today we waved good bye to the state of Kentucky. I have a lot to say about our adventures through that state and will put them down on paper as soon as we take a rest day. We actually thought about trying to make the 90 mile trek to Carbondale tomorrow and rest there for a day but if the weatherman is accurate he might spoil that idea. We will certainly cycle in the rain but we draw the line with cycling in severe thunderstorms. Guess we will see what tomorrow morning brings. I can tell you this. I am typing the journal entry at 10:30 pm and the wind is making my tent dance like the groom at a shotgun wedding.

Well good night my friends. If the storm has not picked up my tent and my computer and deposited it back in the great state of Kentucky tonight then I will post again tomorrow..

Hugs to you all

check out the giant bird following rough stuff down the road

check out the giant bird following rough stuff down the road

typical cycling today

typical cycling today

rough stuff hanging with elvis

rough stuff hanging with elvis

getting some good advice from one of the locals

getting some good advice from one of the locals

Day Twenty Bobby’s Blog

Monday May 20, 2013, 80 miles (129 km) – Total so far: 1,105 miles (1,778 km)

Another great day in the saddle. Temp right around 100 degrees just right for me. I could feel the toxins leaving my body. We were up early and the sweetheart at the Sebree post office opened early so I could get my phone and we got on the road and shot down to Dixon for breakfast.As I rode along I could not help but think of Pastor Bob and his wife Violet who put us up at the Baptist church in Sebree. This church has literally put up hundreds of cyclists and she cooks for everyone. What a ministry.

It now looks like we have left cattle country and entered farm land. One of the locals said that corn,tobacco, and marijuana were the cash crops here. We encountered many huge pieces of equipment many of which I had no idea what they were and I grew up on a farm.

It was nice to have some flat land to cycle on even if we had a little head wind for about half of the day.

I will catch up on the pictures when I get some wifi probably tomorrow.