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  • DAY 61 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

    STE. GENEVIEVE TO CHESTER The daily ritual. Preparing for our journey to the next community. Tom would run out of Ste. Genevieve and I would run into Chester. Moving, always moving. We…

  • DAY 58 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

    PRAIRIE DU ROCHER LAYOVER This morning we headed out of town, down to the American Bottoms where the Fort de Chartres still stands. Cheryl and Susie had prepared us a lavish breakfast…

  • DAY 57 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

    EAST ST. LOUIS TO PRAIRIE DU ROCHER We woke, said goodbye to Edna and Reggie and hit the road. Tom set out on foot from the house after studying the map and…

  • DAY 56 – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2

    ST. LOUIS TO EAST ST. LOUIS What a difference a day makes. There’s a concept in human thinking called confirmation bias – you see what you expect to see. I crossed the…

  • DAY 48 – SUNDAY AUGUST 25

    WARSAW TO QUINCY The Quincy, Illinois bike club met us at the Warsaw Brewery. I started our journey toward Quincy on foot, retracing part of yesterday’s route to capture some missing video. The bikers…

  • DAY 47 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

    NAUVOO TO WARSAW We packed up our things and made our way to the Red Front for the launch. Our destination today was Warsaw, Illinois, but first order of business was a…

  • DAY 46 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

    NAUVOO LAYOVER Our hosts don’t drink coffee, but understood that it was an important part of our morning routine. Tom drove into Casey’s and grabbed a couple of large cups. The lady…

  • DAY 45 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

    BURLINGTON TO NAUVOO We drove to Crapo Park to start the day. No runners to join us there so we drove down to the Port of Burlington and met Tim, our police escort. Biked over the…

  • How the Back Porch Sits

    This past Wednesday, around 3:30pm, I headed out from Chicago toward a downstate gem—Quincy, IL. I had been invited to attend the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) Conference being hosted there as well as present Relay to the 40+ commissioners gathering there from the 10 states touched by the Great River.