Day 24, April 24
Shortly after leaving Sikeston, MO, I arrived in Charleston… oops… Missouri (NOT South Carolina). Rats! Oh well. Onward!
I have decided to follow the Google (Bike) Map instead of the Adventure Cycle route. This seems to put me on a more direct (and less hilly) SE route. At the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, I crossed into the corner of Illinois near a town called Cairo.
Another Traffic Stop
Near Cairo IL, I was stopped (AGAIN) by a policeman. Officer Damon Ray was amazing! We discussed my “mission” and he proceeded to set up a photo with his squard car (lights on) and my bike. He also took a selfie of us and posted it to Facebook as we talked. He posted some nice things as he shared the photo with our daughter Melissa. I was deeply touched by Officer Ray’s post, but particularly by Melissa’s response.
Goodbye Illinois, Hello Kentucky!
I crossed over the Ohio River on a very long bridge into Kentucky. And the hills began to roll once again!
I made it to Mayfield KY where a policeman informed me that there was no camping there, as everyone goes to “the lake.” (He was referring to Kentucky Lake, which is quite a bit east of here.) I wound up at the Super 8.
Statistics: 67.5 miles, Max 32.0 mph, Time 6:02, Average 10.9 mph