Before heading out of the Quad Cities we had to make a pit stop at the John Deere Pavilion, which also helped us wait out the storms again. Matt kept reminding me that this was actually in Illinois now, not Iowa. But I think the bunch enjoyed trying out the equipment, especially Jason, the New York City boy. This was just one of the monstrosities that the pavilion had to offer. It fit all 7 of us in the bucket.
With the storms passed and the day looking promising, we started our trek to Peru, IL. The day ended up at 80 miles, ending the the wonderful Slevin house. The Slevins were so helpful and so many people helped us out when we were in town. The church made us dinner and breakfast and was very welcoming. We then stayed at the PADS Shelter, which is closed for the summer, but was specially opened for us. A huge thanks to them for all their planning and work for us!
The ride was awesome and it was so weird at the same time. It was weird starting to pass through familiar towns, or at least towns that I had heard of before. I am getting sooooo close to home.
Love the land of Lincoln. Good to be in my state again. Didn't really expect to be this excited!