Total miles: 37, +/- elevation, 1339/, Total miles so far 1090. Weather: warm and humid in the morning, cold and a little rainy and very windy by afternoon.
Before our ride today we had breakfast at the restaurant and explored the cave at Cave in Rock with riders Shelly and Jens. The cave was used by Native Americans, as a hideout for bandits and became Illinois first State Park in 1929. The cave was also used in the John Ford western How the West Was Won. The cave is open and you can walk in a few hundred feet.
Looking out of the cave to the Ohio River.
We went off the route a little today. Weather looked bad and we were uncertain about the availability of camping on the holiday weekend so we took Illinois Highway 1 to 13 and booked a hotel in Harrisburg. Morning started muggy with a peak or 2 of sunshine and by afternoon we were riding into strong winds with temperatures in the 50’s. Last 15 miles were very slow into the wind. We were in our lowest gear and not moving very fast. Felt like we were climbing a mountain even though the road was pretty flat. The wind, rain and cold combined with few places to stop made for a tough day.