Effingham (Teutopolis)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Today was the second longest day of the summer, we rode from St. Louis, MO to Effingham, IL. The day started early at 5 AM and we packed up from the hotel and had a sponsored breakfast from some alumni Pi Alpha's. Everyone pigged out on donuts, sausage-egg-cheese biscuits, and fresh fruit that fueled us up for the long ride.

The ride out of the city was slow going because of all the stop lights and one way streets but once we made it out of the city it was gorgeous countryside and rolling hills.

The ride out of town
Part of our ride was on the historic route 66; we decided to stop and take photos over the Mississippi river and photos of the state "line."


Missouri Side

Illinois Side

Our paceline moved fast for the first 60 miles and had a great snack provided by a 2010 cyclist's family. We continued moving and had a nice break at 90 miles for lunch and finally trucked out the last 26 arriving in Effingham by 3:30. We rode over to Teutopolis the next town over and stayed in the local Arc.

115 Miles!

For dinner we headed to Deb and Dick's home where they grilled out and everyone hung out and watched the final stage of the tour. Deb and Dick are cyclist and just returned from a trip to Glacier national park; Dick is the CEO of the Teutopolis Arc and they'll be joining us for tomorrows ride to Terre Haute.

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