Riding4Research Day 56 Macon, MO>Pittsfield, IL 102 miles

My dreams of getting a fat tailwind across the prairie were dashed with a headwind today.  But it was cooler, which helped tremendously.    And I had no trip-suspending headwinds which could have easily occurred anywhere over the past 1000 miles.

I finally, after all these days, crossed the Mississippi River, at Hannibal, MO.  I snapped a quick photo in the middle of the bridge, nervous about the high speed traffic.  I was shocked by how much the trucks were shaking the bridge on the way across to the east side of the river.

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The 30 or so miles between the river and Pittsfield were really pleasant as I found some quiet and smooth roads.  Here the landscape is starting to transition back to woodland interspersed with agricultural fields, I think the endless cornfields of the main part of the Midwest are behind me.  I am glad I did a Kansas kurl when I had the chance!….

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