Miles today: 102.75
Today included three great milestones for us. First, we rode a century!!! (bike lingo for riding over 100 in a day) Last night we looked at the map and found a great short cut to Carbondale, IL which would be exactly 100 miles from Sebree, instead of the 135 on the route. Seeing that perfect number "100" sparked something in both of us and we just knew we had to get there and do our century. The day started off a little late because it was hard to get out of those comfy beds in the air conditioning, then we made breakfast, and had to change ben's tube because it broke at the valve. Somehow, bike repairs have become my job so I changed the flat and we got on the road by 8:45. Forty miles into the day, we hit our second milestone: we crossed the Ohio River into Illinois- our third state!
We stopped for lunch and hung out at the public library for a few hours so we didn't have to ride during the hottest hours of the day. We got back on the road around 3pm and just kept riding and riding, determined to make it to 100. It didn't hurt that today's ride was the flattest that we've had yet! Around mile 80 we hit our third milestone: 1,000 total miles so far! Now we are at least 1/4 of the way through, but probably more because we have been cutting off a lot of miles by making our own route with shortcuts.