We woke up early and were on the road by 6:30am. We put almost 50 miles in before lunch, with a goal to reach Cave-In-Rock State Park in the early afternoon.
I have been struggling with a red, bumpy forehead and puffy eyes. Luckily, Rachel has Zyrtec in her huge bag of toiletries (I usually give her a hard time about it, but in this case I was thankful), so we are hoping that it will help.
Rachel is getting better at scaring dogs away. This morning, a blue heeler ran at her and she responded by yelling and riding straight at it. The dog was so scared that it tumbled over itself down the embankment then hurried back to the safety of its yard.
Unfortunately, it was not one of our best nights… We settled at the campsite, and it was HOT. To make matter worse, we had planned a meal that required cooking. Every bite caused us to sweat even more so our appetites faded before we finished our meals. The campsite was very buggy, and despite my irritated face, the mosquitoes still found me attractive. Finally, the showers were a long walk away from the tent sites but at least it didn’t rain overnight, so we could sleep in the tent without the rain fly.
Trip stats, to date (Day 38)
- Utica, KY to Cave-In-Rock, IL
- Daily mileage: 83.7mi; Trip total to date: 2,226.7mi
- Daily riding time: 7hr 16min; Trip total time: 197hr 44min
- Daily ascent: 3,393ft; Trip total ascent: 118,903ft
- Flat tires: Rachel – 1; Chris – 0