Le Tour de U.S. 2014 | Day 34

August 6, 2014


I'm up at 5, Bolze gets up at 6 and we take in the contie. They had Special K which is one of my all time faves so I had 2 bowls. We hit the road at 7:30 and we ride on the 30 for about 95 km. More corn today and what I thought were potato fields were actually soy fields. Soy and corn are definitely the crops of choice here. We tried a couple side roads but they all have their own issues. No shoulder, crumbling shoulder, crumbling roads, pot holes, gravel sections, the list goes on. In Aurora we have a Subway lunch and decide to look for a bike trail. In Plainsville we crossed historic Route 66. Then we turned off it about 300 meters later :/ We got lucky and found a wonderful trail that took us almost all the way to Joliet. As we pulled into Joliet, my back brake cable snapped so we found the nearest bike shop. Cool store, nice guys. Sumbaum Cycle has been in operation since 1894 and they fixed my cable and also advised us NOT to stay in downtown Joliet. Risk factor "too high" so we take a nearby room at the Budget Inn Express. If the quality of this room is better than the motels we would have found downtown, I'm really glad we didn't go downtown. This is the first place we have stayed that I question the cleanliness of the room. I had a shower but I still feel a bit dirty, just from being in the room. We are trying to avoid Chicago as neither of us are particularly fond of city riding. Looking forward to breaking free of it's suburbs tomorrow. Upon further inspection of the room I have decided not to sleep under the covers and I have opted for my cool weather clothes instead. I think we have agreed that saving $5 each on this room as opposed to the other motel may not have been our best decision yet :/


  • Frank Holdem: Lol, thx for the awesome motel photos. Had a good laugh. - posted over 5 years ago
  • Frank Holdem: James, you are looking more thin than fargo. Eat something ! - posted over 5 years ago
  • Sassalass: Why didn't you ask Norman what was on the ceiling...or at least ask his mom. - posted over 5 years ago
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  Short day bypassing the windy city

  • 147.8km
  • 6:17:33
    Moving Time
  • 545.0m

Today's Photos

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Bolze in the soy
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Bolze in the corn again
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So close ;)
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Awesome bike path near Aurora IL. It took us for about 15 kms through the city.
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Awesome bike path near Aurora IL. It took us for about 15 kms through the city.
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Me on awesome bike path II
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When we crossed Route 66
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When we crossed Route 66
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Sum Baum Cycle
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Got my bike fixed here in Joliet
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This room is gross.
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I've decided to sleep in my warm weather gear do I don't have to use the sheets or blanket in the motel tonight. It's that bad.
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Our fridge door. You can't see the scunge on the magnetic strip. Probably better that way.
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The microwave is screwed to the fridge. Probably to prevent theft but it makes it really hard to clean under it... Yummy.
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Two cigarette holes in my sheets in our "non-smoking" room.
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I'm not sure what this is but it's all over ceiling.
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Pretty sure this is not up to code.
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How to sleep in a cheap motel.
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How to sleep in a cheap motel.
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This is how Bolze sleeps in a cheap motel.
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This trim just fell off the wall. It just gets better and better.