Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 20: 87 miles to Champaign, IL

Distance: 71.87
Total elevation: 924
Calories: 3179
Average speed: 12.5
Time on bike: 5:45

About half way through the ride, we got rain. It has been hard for me this year because my rides have been solo. It is a different group of riders this year and most enjoy riding on their own. I have always had a ride partner so this was a difficult change for me.

It is a bitter sweet day for me. It is my last ride day and I am sad to leave but excited to get back home. I am glad that it rained because the rain blended away my tears.

Mentally, I couldn’t stay focused and the rain made it hard for me to want to keep riding. I have ridden this whole way any way, what is a few miles in the van. I believe I played it smart. 3 riders went down on the railroad tracks so I am thankful to be all in one piece with a bike with all its parts.

My bike is already boxed up and in route to be mailed back home. Lil’ Lady, I will see you in about 5-7 days. I hope to keep on riding and commuting real soon.


  1. Barbie,

    Congrats on biking into Champaign. I think the way you are making your way across the U.S. is pretty cool as you get to meet a different group of riders.


  2. Love to keep up with you via your posts. What a ride!

  3. You go, girl! I'm happy the XC10 people got to experience, through you, what a great group XC09 was...and still is! RSRO

  4. Ok...This time next year in Champaign I look forward to meeting you. I'm really looking forward to XC11 or XC!!.
    Congrats on the ride. Your posts along with the other riders have been a great help.

  5. We will miss you Barbie. Hope your return home is all you want it to be! Blessings to you. You've been a special part of our XC10 trip. Hope our paths cross again sometime.

  6. Congrats on making it 2/3s of the way across the U S of A...a marvelous accomplishment and you've earned the right to brag a bit when you get back home. I'm going to miss your blog but as Jeff said - God willing next year in Champaign.