Urbana IL to Crawfordsville IN on a Folding Bike

Last week I took a break from pushing pixels to have a life, and that life included a trip to Philadelphia. My departure station was Crawfordsville, IN. Since it was a nice day and winds were favorable, I rode the whole 80 miles on my Brompton folding bike, which I’d planned to take to Philly with me anyway. I’d really been neglecting the Brompton this Summer, as my back prefers recumbents. But it’s still a sweet bike, and with frequent breaks for back stretches, I made it without damaging myself.

My route, according to Strava (which used up all my high speed bandwidth for this billing cycle).

My route, according to Strava (which used up all my high speed bandwidth for this billing cycle).

First back-stretch stop, just north-east of Urbana IL.

First back-stretch stop, just north-east of Urbana IL.

Second back-stretching stop. Behold the huge travel bag containing all my stuff for the week.

Second back-stretching stop. Behold the huge travel bag containing all my stuff for the week.

The scenic Closed Bridge en route to Kickapoo State Park, where I always stop and stretch.

The scenic Closed Bridge en route to Kickapoo State Park, where I always stop and stretch.

The ever-photogenic triple-silo-barn thing, just east of the Closed Bridge.

The ever-photogenic triple-silo-barn thing, just east of the Closed Bridge.

Kickapoo State Park, where I refilled my water bottles. I drank over a gallon of water on this ride.

Kickapoo State Park, where I refilled my water bottles. I drank over a gallon of water on this ride.

Lunch at Cafe13 in Danville, IL. They make an excellent cheese-and-veggie crepe. I again refilled the water bottles, and recharged my phone.

Lunch at Cafe13 in Danville, IL. They make an excellent cheese-and-veggie crepe. I again refilled the water bottles, and recharged my phone.

The Indiana State Line, where I laid down to stretch my back, since I was already in a ditch to get this photo.

The Indiana State Line, where I laid down to stretch my back, since I was already in a ditch to get this photo.

My beloved Dixie Bee Road, a treat after the nightmare that is route 136 between Danville IL and Covington IN.

My beloved Dixie Bee Road, a treat after the nightmare that is route 136 between Danville IL and Covington IN.

Peaceful, pleasant Dixie Bee Road.

Peaceful, pleasant Dixie Bee Road.

Stretch stop in a cornfield somewhere along route 136, just east of Veedersburg.

Stretch stop in a cornfield somewhere along route 136, just east of Veedersburg.

Just 8 miles to Crawfordsville! Except it was more like 10 for me, since Google Map's depiction of Old Waynetown Road didn't match reality and I took a few wrong ways.

Just 8 miles to Crawfordsville! Except it was more like 10 for me, since Google Map’s depiction of Old Waynetown Road didn’t match reality and I took a few wrong ways.

The mysterious Tower on Old Waynetown Road.

The mysterious Tower on Old Waynetown Road.

I call this, "Twin Towers."

I call this, “Twin Towers.”

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