Monday, June 11, 2007

Children of the Corn:

There was lots of corn today and I mean lots. There was 108 miles of corn and it went out to the horizon. We left Quincy IL and cycled to Springfield IL. The temperature was 86 F and the wind was 8-10 mph in our face all day. So it was a long hard day. I took me 7:31 to cover the miles.

However having said that the first 35 miles were really pretty as we sailed though rolling hills with lots of trees and fields of corn. A deer ran across the road right in front of me. It was pretty neat. As I was closing on Don a squirrel ran out right in front of Don. Then the squirrel saw Don and hesitated, I thought Don was going to hit the squirrel for sure. I have never seen a cyclist run down a squirrel. Then not two minutes later a raccoon ran out in front of Don. I guess that proves that not all the raccoons have been hit by cars.

I got passed by a tractor today. I could hear it coming and see it closing in my mirror for quite a while but I couldn't get away. I was tired at this point and the wind was in my face, so the best I could do was about 15 mph. The tractor was doing about 18. Finally the tractor pulled into the on coming lane and went around me. I tried my best to get in his draft but I just couldn't manage it. I sure could have used the pull.

Today's picture is of one of the children of corn. I walked in to the field and Tom H took my picture. It was pretty tall for this early in the season.

Well there isn't much to tell for such a long day so I am going to say thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for your comments. Scroll down and check out the supplemental pictures.

Woof! Woof! That's my dog imitation.



Ken C. said...

Terry, what a corny picture!! Just kidding. What is the corn used for; ethanol, livestock feed or Green Giant niblets? My impression of Illinois (other than Chicago) is "corn everywhere". Drafting other cyclists is OK, drafting a tractor is just not on. I see that tomorrow you get to the next rest day, and celebrate one month on the road. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

No animals were killed or injured during the making of Terry's Spoke report.