2000 PAC Tour Central Transcontinental
Day 18, September 27
by Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, and Chuck Bramwell

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Lon's Description: We cross the Mississippi River at Chester, Illinois. This is the hometown of Popeye, the Sailor Man. Southern Illinois will be remembered for it's small backroads and historic river towns. We spend the night in Vienna (say VY-anna) at the Ramada Inn.

Today we rode through the countryside from Farmington, Missouri to Vienna, Illinois, a total of 134 miles. It was another beautiful morning, starting out at about 50 degrees.

We had beautiful rolling terrain all day long which gave us a lot of climbing, but the highlight of the day was crossing the Mississippi River, a symbol of moving into the eastern portion of the United States. Immediately after crossing the river, we rode through Chester, IL, the home of Popeye, complete with statue. Cheryl grew up in the Chicago area of Illinois, but never realized the southern part of the state was this beautiful.

The scenery all day long was excellent, and most of the riding was on back country roads, which had little automobile traffic. The almost constantly rolling terrain tired us out, but it was an enjoyable day for all.


Estimated Distance: 125 Miles
Actual Distance: 133.0 Miles
Cumulative Actual Distance: 2,236 Miles

This includes the following off course added miles:
San Diego - 2.0 Miles when Chuck and Bob Harting missed a turn

Winslow - 4.7 Miles when Chuck, Ken, and Les Drake went to the mural painting after the ride

Pagosa Springs - 3.1 Miles when Chuck missed Lunch

Alamosa - 11.2 Miles when Chuck missed the turn for Lunch

Estimated Feet of Climbing: 3,700 Feet
Actual Feet of Climbing: 5,420 Feet (Ouch!!)
Cumulative Feet of Climbing: 68,200 Feet
Elevation of Destination: 440 Feet
Average Speed on the Bike: 16.7 MPH
Maximum Speed on the Bike: 45.0 MPH (Thanks to the Myers Tandem)
Chuck's Heart Rate Data:
Max Heart Rate was 196 BPM a few weeks ago before PAC Tour
Time above 150: 0:38
Time between 130-150: 5:20
Time below 130: 3:24
Chuck saw 165 BPM for the first time in weeks as he was hanging onto the back of the Myers Tandem with all he had
Dairy Queen Count: 1 Blythe, CA
2 Twister's Ice Cream in Williams, AZ
3 Dairy Queen in Cortez, Colorado was phenomenal
4 Dairy Queen in Monte Vista, Colorado
(PAC Tour Hot Fudge Banana Split:
Bananas, 3 Scoops Ice Cream, Hot Fudge on Side: Awesome!!)
5 Dairy Queen in Pratt, Kansas
6 Dairy Queen in Winfield, Kansas - PAC Tour Hot Fudge Banana Split
7 Ice Cream at All You Can Eat Buffet in Cuba, Missouri
(Boy, did this restaurant lose money on us!!)
8 Dairy Queen in Farmington, Missouri - Dinner
9 Dairy Queen in Vienna, Illinois - Excellent Chocolate Marshmellow Shake

Mississippi River A great moment in time on the other side of the Mississippi River.

There were many days in Kansas where we didn't think we'd ever make it to here!!

Left to Right: Chuck Bramwell, Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, John Ashby, and Johnny Johnson.

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Illinois We were mighty happy to get to Illinois and were welcomed with lots of blue skies and a perfect day of cycling!!

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Great day A truly great day.

Near here we saw a "Horse and Buggy" sign so we knew we were in Amish Country for a few miles!!

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Eating mass quantities These cows are eating mass quantities.

Just like us at the Rest Stops!!

You can't imagine how fast a bunch of hungry cyclists can eat an entire package of Halloween Oreo cookies!!

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John Ashby John Ashby is a great guy to ride with.

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Charlie Groover Charles Groover from Houston, Texas, at the last Rest Stop of the day.

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Highlights: This day was almost as perfect as yesterday!!

A number of wild dogs chased us today but they weren't as mean or as hungry as those in Missouri.

I like to "Moo" at the Cows ... they look up and stare at you very strangely.

I thought some of the grades were 15% but Ken felt most of them weren't above 10%. Any way you look at it, they were steep!! The downhills were REAL FUN!!

Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman (Lon's parents) came down and met us as we crossed the Mississippi River. They are really super nice folks who have help Lon and Susan on many prior PAC Tours.

In Murphysboro, Illinois, we saw some real pride of ownership in people's homes.

Today's route had about 100 turns so Lon rode out early ahead of us and painted arrows for us on the road so we wouldn't miss any turns on these very small country roads we were on. The result: perfect navigation!!
Memorable Scenery: Beautiful farms and cow pastures

Many small lakes by people's houses

Awesome green forests and canyons

Only one trash bonfire in the front of someone's house. This compares very favorably to the many we saw in Missouri.

Wild sunflowers on the side of the road.
Mechanical Problems: None ... our bikes were flawless even with all of the power shifting we were doing on the steep rollers and climbs
Biomechanical (Engine)
Some sore legs after a hard day of cycling but that's to be expected!!
What Worked: Halloween Oreos were real good

No wind

Blue skies and warmth of the sun

Chuck likes his 27-11 Cogset ... his 11 allowed him to hang with the Myers Tandem from the last rest stop to the finish at full throttle

Flat spot on Chuck's profile handlebars in the drops was a comfortable spot today

Long Sleeve Voler Jersey was very comfortable for the 4th day in a row: nice and warm under a Windbreaker at the start and not too warm in the afternoon by itself
What Didn't Work: Nothing to report
Quote of the Day:
We're riding our bikes across America!!"
Chuck to this fellow waiting for the bus
outside of Farmington, Missouri early this morning.
"Ya sure you are!!" was his reply in disbelief.
Chuck's Song of the Day:
"I was born in a Small Town
And I live in a Small Town
Probably die in a Small Town
Oh, those Small Communities...

No, I can not forget from where it is that I came from
I can not forget the people who love me
Hey, I can be myself in this Small Town
And people just let me what I want to be...

I was born in a Small Town
And I can breath in a Small Town
Gonna die in a Small Town
Oh, that's probably where they'll bury me."

John Mellancamp
"Small Town"
We're close to John Mellancamp Country now!!
We passed lots of Small Towns in the Heartland of America today ...
each with a beautiful cemetery nearby.
The folks were so friendly: waving from their tractors, porches, and front yards!!

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