|Ralph riding mustache bars|
|Dan with dark clouds ahead|
|Ralph on the Rivendell|
The remaining 37 miles are over mild terrain. Much to my surprise the rain ends after just a few miles. The wind begins to die off as well, which is fortunate as we are traveling to the northeast. With the clearer skies we enjoy additional daylight until almost eight o'clock. The clouds blocked the full moon so once darkness came it was quite dark. We made decent time over the flatter farm roads that would lead us to the town of Republic, and, finally the outskirts of Springfield. The final few miles are on Nicholas Street, which is a slight upgrade to the Elementary School where the ride began. We pull in at 9:34. The ride took a total of 15 hours and 34 minutes. Given the circumstances both Ralph and I were satisfied with that. Although, more miles were ridden dry than wet the feeling of being soaked and freezing hangs with you for a time. I would have a four mile ride back to my hotel. I love commuting on a fixed-gear.
|A first rate downtown bike shop|
|A motel from another Era|