Words: Illinois

HOT (the state was experiencing a heat wave as I biked through; heat index around 115 degrees…)


More corn

More soybeans

Lincoln pride (welcome sign for IL says “Birthplace of Lincoln”; welcome sign for ID says “Childhood home of Lincoln”. Rivalry?)

Wind suction (felt a huge gust of wind every time a truck passed on two lane roads; it either boosted my speed or slowed me to a crawl depending on the direction of the truck.)

Town Name Cards (when entering the city limits, there is a sign that has the town name, population, and source of pride. Example:



                Johnny Chapman, 2005 Illinois Regionals, 8th Grade 800m, 3rd place


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