Effingham - A Day of Rest

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After riding in a thunder storm most of the day yesterday we decided to take today off because the forecast was for rain and thunderstorms again. We also found out that there were two bike shops in Effingham and took the opportunity to have our bikes checked out. New bikes' parts tend to loosen up, i.e. cables, chains, etc.; and it's recommended servicing during the breaking-in period of the first 150 miles or so. After talking to Keidrah, the manager at Country Inn & Suites, we decided to use Bike and Hike in downtown Effingham and are we glad we did. The first thing we spotted and were offered was a new product called 'Seat Saver', an all-natural anti-chafing cream, yeah; mirrors were second, Larry a bar-end mirror and Devon a helmet mount; lighting was next, all along realizing that we probably needed more day-visible lights so we bought four additional, one to mount under our flags and one for each of the back panniers. Now for the bike check... Devon's bike needed adjusting of the shifters to eliminate the chain from slipping; the headset adjusted to correct a wobble in the steering; she also had a new seat installed. Larry's shifting was also way out of adjustment and the crank on the pedals needed to be tighted. Robby, the manager of the shop, and Kyle were very good at their craft and were able to get the work done in a couple of hours. We spent some time there while Robby showed us his bikes, and other bikes that he was rebuilding for his customers, and he showed us some features on his Garmin 800 GPS, a valuable tool for a trip like ours but was unavailable before we left, and still is now. A piece of equipment like that makes riding in unfamiliar areas easier to navigate. After talking about our travel plans to southern Illinois, Robby showed us pictures taken in that area, namely Garden of the Gods in The Shawnee National Forest. When we left we headed to a coffee shop named Joe Sippers, which came highly recommended by Kyle, and also by someone back in Neoga. After dinner it was dark but we feel confidant with our new lighting and headed back for the daunting task of readying for tomorrow, the repacking of our now dry equipment, the mapping, and yes, the blogging!
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