We headed out of St. Louis and crossed the Mississippi River into East St. Louis - known to many as the "murder capital" of the US. With this knowledge, I was not so comfortable riding through this part of town, but it was mostly just empty and we were soon into the suburbs in Illinois.
We made a planned breakfast stop at an IHOP about 16 miles outside of the city where we enjoyed a real breakfast. I was having what I like to call "flat tire issues" over the past couple of days where I would get a flat about once every 10 miles and this morning was no exception. We found a bike shop nearby that opened at 10AM and decided to hit it up so that I could get to the bottom of the problem.
|Melina and Nate Crossing the Mississippi|
The rest of the day was mostly flat and uneventful. We were able to cruise at a pretty good clip and got into Flora before dark despite getting off to a late start.
|Melina and Nate approaching Flora, IL|