I was glad to see that the rain had passed by overnight and the sun was shining when I woke up this morning. It was a bit cool, about 48, when I got on the road at 8:30. I headed north from Akron toward I90. There was a pretty stiff head wind that really killed my fuel mileage. I got 29-30 MPG for the first two tanks of gas. For quite a while, I had to cruise in 5th gear because the bike wouldn’t go 75 up any type of hill when it was in 6th gear.
I hit Chicago at about 2:00 andran into heavy traffic. I’ve been through here a few times before and never had much of a problem with traffic but this time it took over an hour to go 3 miles. The the heat management system kicked in a number of times so I started shutting the bike off whenever I could. Once I got through this traffic, I hit another batch of traffic a couple of miles down the road. This time, I got through it in about 20 minutes. Altogether, I wasted around a hour and a half to getting through Chicago.
After Chicago, it was smooth sailing for the remainder of the day. The landscape is starting to open up and I’m seeing a lot of farmland. I stopped for the night in Tomah Wisconsin. Tomorrow I’ll be headed out onto the plains. I’m going to ride towards Wyoming and the Teaton National Park. I haven’t been to Wyoming in a few years so that seems like as good a destination as any.
Miles today: 638
Total miles: 1,192
States: OH, IL, WI