Immortal Bird interview and Big Ride update: Day 33
–For readers and would-be readers of Immortal Bird, a half hour interview I taped with Richard Heffner, the fabled host of Open Mind, will start its on-air broadcast career at 12 noon tomorrow Saturday, July 21st, 2011 on WNET/Channel 13. It will be re-broadcast on CUNY-TV, Channel 75 on Sunday, August 12th at 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on Monday, August 13th at 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
–Today we biked 94 miles from Madison, Wisconsin to Garden Prairie, Illinois, entering our eighth state. The weather was good and the roads generally flat with a few long rollers through Wisconsin dairyland and then a lot of urban riding through Illinois. We got a relatively late start and I had a 3 pm conference call on the east coast relating to our Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiatives, so I rode briskly under favorable conditions and made it with time to spare, jumping into the pool at Holiday Acres campground before calling in.
All 18 Big Riders pose with a sign showing their progress to date–2,192 miles–before leaving Madison, Wisconsin in the morning.
Lynn presents Big Rider Jim with a birthday cake. I bought Jim a copy of Immortal Bird, which I’m glad to report was in stock at the University of Wisconsin bookstore.
The decoration for Jim’s cake.
Big Riders ride single file along the Capital City Trail as they exit Madison, one of our favorite cities on this trip.
Entering Brooklyn, Wisconsin, population 1401, which boasts “a great school system, three Village parks and a community center, which makes Brooklyn a great place to live.”
A nice stretch of farmland between Brooklyn and Evansville
A working family dairy farm.
The beautiful cows of Wisconsin
The rolling hills offer some lovely vistas at the crest
Welcome to Illinois, “The Land of Lincoln” and our eighth state in 33 days. We crossed over in South Beloit, Illinois.
An aluminum parts factory in an urban setting
But Illinois has golden fields too.
A farm seen through a cornfield
Jim (on left) a Big Rider from 2008, generously hosted us with fresh watermelon, ice cream, cold drinks and deck chairs off La Grange Road.
A collage Jim assembled from his 2008 Big Ride.
Holiday Acres camping resort, where we are staying tonight.
Gene and Sharon relax in the pool.