2004 Illinois-Missouri Tour
|The idea was floated for a circular tour, taking advantage of our
proximity to both of Adventure Cycling's TransAm route and Great Rivers route.
Earl Crowe of Owensboro and Rick Holeman of Madisonville — veteran
cyclotourists of the self-support bend — were the original planners; yours
truly (Duc Do) jumped on board in an idle moment in the wintertime. Dickie
Swift of Livermore decided to join the intrepid band of wanderers to test that
mettle forged of countless hours torturing himself in the gym.|
|In late May 2004, starting in Marion, Ky., we follow the
westbound into and across southern Illinois and into the foothills of the
Missouri Ozarks, going as far west as Pilot Knob, Mo. We then hook up with the
route and circle back through southeast Missouri, crossing the Mississippi
River at Cape Girardeau, and cutting across the southern tip of Illinois to
return to our starting point at Marion.|
|The itinerary calls for a seven-day self-contained trek of about 480
miles. But tired of keeping an eye on the sky for the incessant thunderstorms
spawned by a stalled front, we combine the last three days into two long
days and arrive back at Marion a day early, for about the same mileage.|
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