Flora, IL to Bloomington, IN (131 miles)
Sean made the excellent suggestion that rather than take a rest day in
Bedford, we might as well go up to Bloomington, a city reputed by its
resident state University.
Besides a few flukey flats, the beginning of the day was relatively
smooth going. We stopped at a Subway in Lawrenceville for some fuel,
and made our way across the Wabash River into Vincennes, IN and
EASTERN TIME! The second half of the day brought on a downpour and
several more hills; we stopped 10 miles outside of town to eat a
spectacular and cheap diner breakfast and to escape the heavier rain.
For me, nothing beats the feeling of cranking into town for a rest
day. I know I've worked hard for a week and I'm about to give my body
and mind a well-deserved break from the harsh routine. In Bloomington,
we stayed at the Hampton Inn on Nate's dad's points (thank you Mr.
Windon!). We chose the Upland Brewing Company for a fabulous, inspired
dinner and fresh, hoppy draughts to celebrate what I felt was the end
of iceberg lettuce salads, boiled ham steaks and the unhappy triad of
beer options: Bud Heavy, Miller Lite, Coors Light.
About Lea's Foundation
In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.