I'm totally convinced after today's ride that old brain cells never die, they just need a familiar smell to wake them up. Cows, pigs, horses and the myriad of other farmland smells brought back fond memories of our childhood as we pedaled our way through the heartland. And what a great ride it was!
We managed to find the Constitution Trail that makes its way through the Bloomington/Normal metropolis and suburbs. This trail is a real piece of work and the usefulness of which can be gauged by the number of folks actually using it. Our start came a bit late in the morning for us, but we were pleasantly surprised by the coolness at this time day. Both of us expected the temps to be in the 90's with the humidity well up, as that was what we were used to as kids this time of year. So, the pleasantness of the day was a welcome surprise. As we completed our tour of the trail we opened up into the vastness of midwest cornfields, literally miles and miles of fields covered in corn. The complementary colors of the blue sky and green fields added to the pleasantness of the experience and did not abate for the entire ride.
We arrived at Lake Bloomington and decided to just take a tour of the surrounding road. The tour is mostly tree covered and you only get a glimpse of the lake here and there. The speed limit is set a 20 mph for moving vehicles so that gave us a little added comfort. There is a little bar-and-grill located at what is called the main entrance to the and is also to have the best hamburgers in Illinois. We decided to come back later with the car as a belly full of hamburger on a bike ride didn't seem like too good of an idea. So, the sharing of a 65 cent Coke and sit-down was the order of the moment.
If you ever get to Normal, we highly recommend a trip to Lake Bloomington either by bicycle or car. You won't be disappointed.
Cheers, Kent and Bobbie.