Wednesday I packed up my Nashbar Touring Bike and took a 72 mile ride to Giant City State Park where I camped and then rode home the next morning. I was somewhat stunned to see that I was only 35 miles away from my house as the crow flys so I managed to shorten the route down to 50 miles for the way back.
I was alone and to be honest nothing interesting happened, but I still enjoyed the trip. I’m happy to say the Nashbar had no problems handling the load, and I had no problems, thanks to super low gearing, getting over the hills. I look forward to a longer tour in the future.
Since I was alone and nothing interesting happened I think I’ll just show you all the pictures I took, it should give you a good idea what its like to ride in Southern Illinois.