Northern Tier 2010

August 15, 2010

The Windmills Are Turning, And It Is a Good Thing

Filed under: Illinois, Section 08 — Henry Scott @ 9:10 pm

I got off to another early start this morning, and my day again began with a sunrise ride over a river on a metal bridge. Although today’s river was the Illinois, rather than the Mississippi, the rest of the day was strikingly similar: about 120 miles of a gently rolling landscape populated with corn and soybeans.

Perhaps the most notable difference was that the winds were better today, giving me a much appreciated push. It is wonderful to see windmills turning vigorously, but not hear the constant rush of wind — that means the winds are with you, and it feels great!

I don’t think I would have reached my goal of Iroquois were it not for the wind because my legs are tired. Iroquois is only a few miles west of the Indiana border, and tomorrow I’ll leave the Northern Tier route and head northeast to South Bend. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Jennifer and her family, and also to give my legs the first full day’s rest they’ve had since I started.

South Bend may be further than I can ride in one day, and in that case I’ll stay with my friends Bill and Judy in Walkerton. They’re both cyclists and leaders in Bike Michiana Coalition, a bicycling advocacy group, and we’ve worked together for several years.

Staying in Iroquois is a treat for touring cyclists. The mayor, Jack Karr (shown in the photo), has made arrangements for bikers to use his office area so they can sleep in an air-conditioned environment and get a hot shower; clean towels are provided. As if that isn’t enough, a local bank (or perhaps it is just an individual who happens to be a banker) pays for the guest cyclist to have breakfast at a restaurant across the street. Amazing hospitality for a town of only 200!



  1. Henry,

    Someone sent me your blog. I am supprised you have gotten so far. Keep up the ride. Do you pass through North East? I do not remember. Let me know.


    Comment by David and Ruth Dennis — August 16, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

  2. So glad we’ll get to see you Henry!

    Comment by Kim Hock — August 16, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  3. See you soon, Henry.
    I’m enjoying your daily blog and look forward to hearing more from you in person.

    Comment by Sally — August 16, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

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