Our first stop is in Carlinville, Illinois for an up-close look at a typical small town plaza. With it’s cobblestone street and gazebo in the center of town, it’s a perfect example. Also a great place to get a mid-morning coffee to combat the jet-lag many of the riders are experiencing. This stop also allows everyone to meet the locals, friendly, good-natured people who tipify the typical midwesterner.
Afterward we continue our zig-zag course through the heartland passing family farms and miles of farmland.
Just when it starts to become uncomfortable we stop again at one of the attractions along the route, Meramac caverns. This was the hide-out of the infamous train, stagecoach and bank robber, Jessee James. It’s cool, sixty-degree constant temperature is a welcome relief from the hot afternoon sun beating down and slowly roasting brains in helmets. Along with the cave tour, there’s a very popular Ice-cream counter in the gift shop and cafeteria, the perfect way to cool off. After the caverns it’s time to get back on the bikes and go to our hotel, take a long shower, have a few beers, eat dinner and get a good night’s rest.