Sunday, July 7, 2013

Day 28 - July 1, 2013 - Harrisburg, IL to Carbondale, IL

Mileage - 38 (by bus!)

Soo...yet another day where we awake to pouring rain, and chance of thunderstorms all day long.  We really needed to get to Carbondale to keep on pace, and they have several bike shops to get the bikes tuned up.  With a little research via iPhone, we found out that there is a federally funded bus program in Southern Illinois, called and scheduled a pickup right at our hotel, and waited for the bus.  And these busses pick you up and take you to the larger cities for $2 a segment.  It cost $8 for both of us and our bikes to ride the 38 miles to Carbondale.  What a great program for the people who live there!

We got to Carbondale around 2, walked to a bike shop called The Bike Surgeon to drop the bikes off on the one employee who was a bit overwhelmed, but said he would give them a quick once-over, and set off in the rain to find lunch.  Carbondale is a pretty cute little college town.  We ate at a Mexican place, then found a nice vegeterian restaurant/coffee shop to pass a bit more time in.

We hadn't heard from the bike shop guy, so we walked back to find that he hadn't had much time to look at them, but he graciously gave them a quick tune-up for a very low price, and we biked a couple of miles back to our budget hotel.  After braving a four lane highway to get to Walmart and pick up a few necessary items, we headed back to the hotel and crashed.

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