I started in Winchester KY (near Louisville) this morning. I might have stayed at Quality Inn another night, as the room layout was so comfy with a kitchenette and mini fridge. But the internet connection was so slow! It took minutes to load the google home page. Download speeds were 0.2 mbps; this is like using old dialup lines on the new internet. Finally in the morning I mentioned it, and the desk clerk gave me a “Telkonet” bridge that connects over the building power wires. It worked okay but still only 2 mpbs. Lesson: It pays to complain.
Morning temps were wonderful at 75F for riding. But every 20 miles the temperature inexorably clicked up another degree. By the time I reached the “Skeeter Mountain” rest area on the Indiana – Illinois border the gauge read 102F. This is just plain hot no matter what you wear or how much water you drink.
I rode on along I-64 westbound. Boring straight highway posted at 70 mph, but it’s good to put distance behind me. I didn’t take pictures because Indiana and Illinois look the same as always. Lots of trees gradually fading into lots of farmland.
There is no point to staying on the freeway when I’m so hot and tired. When I reached St Louis, I stopped at the first nice hotel I found. This was “Drury Inn Suites”. It costs a little more but they offer a ton of neat stuff; first on my list is the free Pepsi dispenser! Plus, there is Starbucks next door.