Friday, October 22
Ten miles east of McLean the road had a new coat of asphalt and contained a bike lane. This deluxe stretch of road lasted for fifteen miles and I had a very nice remainder of the day pushing my cart down the highway. I am also lucky that Illinois is surprisingly flat which obviously makes my job easier.
Walking through the small town of Heyworth, I passed Heyworth Junior/Senior High School and decided to stop in and drop off a card. Talking to the principal, Jeff Asmus, I discovered a kindred sprit for he had once been a government teacher before becoming a principal. As it was Friday and also lunch time, Mr. Asmus asked that I bring my cart into the cafeteria. He then took a microphone and introduced me to the students telling them about my mission. I was invited to stay and eat lunch with everyone and I had a great time talking to groups of students who asked me many questions. A staff member took pictures of my cart and of me talking to the kids. My spirits were lifted by the experience as I headed on down the road with threatening skies to the south moving my way.