Chester, Illinois
Wandering down the open road in Chester, Illinois

Chester Illinois

Taxidermy IL
An interesting taxidermy place…it was closed otherwise I would have popped in to visit!

I woke up today on the futon around 8 AM surprisingly I wasn’t hungover from the Blue Moons we pounded down the night before.  I thanked Phillip for his hospitality.  He left for class and I stuck around updating my blog, eating waffles with syrup for breakfast and packing my gear for today’s adventure.

I finally got back on the TransAmerica Trail today after being off of it for over a week since I journeyed off to see Trevor.  The scenery truly turns your head and the pictures I post do not do it justice.  I wish I bought an expensive camera before I left to get better shots, however, I think my phone does quite well for what it’s worth.

Chester, Illinois
More scenery from IL

I took a rest day and only trekked about 45 miles since I left around noon and grabbed some accessories for my bike at Phoenix Cycles.  I bought some tape for the inside of my rims so hopefully my front tubes will stop popping, a patch kit and two more thorn resistant tubes.

Surprisingly I did not meet anyone today on the road, which I found rather odd since it’s Friday. Nonetheless, the scenery made up for it ten fold.  I’m at a campground right now charging my electronics and scoping the area for a spot to stealth camp.

Chester Illinois
One of the many, murky, rivers in Chester, Illinois!
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Brian Cray is not a cyclist. He’s not a hitchhiker. He’s not a train hopper or an adrenaline junkie. He’s just an ordinary man with gypsy blood in his veins, who can’t seem to settle down. Nothing defines him. He goes wherever this world takes him on this journey we call life, roaming the world, at will, by any means. He aspires for a life of indefinite travel, a tiny home in the woods for him and his wife, and any work that keeps him wanderin’. Brian Cray is a travel writer at heart, sharing his stories with the world one keystroke at a time.


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