Paul got a taste of the heat today that the Midwest has had all summer - again in the mid-90s, as it will remain all week, and no rain. Paul did 80 miles and could not believe that the Dairy Queens were closed for the holiday! In fact, he found many restaurants closed for Labor Day so he was happy to find a couple of hot dogs for sale and dipped into his Fig Newton stash to sustain him until he could find a restaurant tonight. At one of his stops, he met a busload of people from Mississippi that were headed home after a trip to Chicago. They were very curious about his recumbent and what would possess anyone to be biking across the country in this heat.
Paul was planning on spending the night in Iroquois, IL, but when he got there he found out that the Super 8 was actually in Watseka. Usually this type of changing plans has been no problem, but Dick Cocks is meeting him tonight (at the non-existent Super 8 in Iroquois) to bike with the Possum the rest of the way to Cincinnati this week. Dick's cell phone was not turned on so Paul couldn't leave a message - can't wait to hear how this one turns out....always a story. Ann