Northern Tier 2010

August 16, 2010

The Last Hour Is Lost

Filed under: Illinois, Indiana, Section 08 — Henry Scott @ 5:00 pm

I didn’t feel it happen, nor did I see a sign along my rural route to let me know it occurred, but at some point today I passed back into the Eastern Time Zone and lost the last of three hours I gained when Jennifer and I flew to Seattle back in June.

The ride from Iroquois to South Bend was excellent. Yesterday I figured it was too far, but a great night’s sleep coupled with a dramatically lowered heat index and good winds made it a surprisingly easy 124 miles. Certainly the motivation to get home to Jennifer didn’t hurt, either.


I followed the Northern Tier as far as Rensselaer, and then I used maps at the public library to plot a route the rest of the way. This worked out very well, except for several unexpected sections of unpaved roads. That said, none were too bad, and the small county road gamble paid off in that many sections took me through winding tunnels of dense corn fields with essentially no traffic.


It is good to be home, and it will be fun to catch up with friends and family for a couple of days. My current plan is start heading east again early on Thursday for the final push to Maine. Anyone interested in grabbing a pint at Fiddler’s Hearth?

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4 Comments »

  1. So glad you are safely arrived home! This was a great post.
    I loved the part about entering the Eastern Time Zone imperceptibly.
    And getting the routes from public library. And doing 124
    miles and how that was possible.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 17, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  2. I’d love to grab a pint, but I’m in Texas today and tomorrow. Safe travels to Maine. Can’t wait to read about that portion of the trip.

    Comment by Matt — August 17, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  3. yes!! a pint for sure!! when?

    Comment by stevie.g — August 18, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    • Coach Bruce and Cornell are playing at Fiddlers tonight at 9:30 p.m. Some of us are going around 9:00 would be great to see you before you head back out tomorrow.

      Comment by Amy — August 18, 2010 @ 8:48 pm


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