Carbondale to Chester IL. 49 Miles. Popeye here we come and last day in Illinois

Today we have a short day and compared to the past days very little climbing. The only real challenge was the heat. We got to Chester around 11:30 a.m. and the temperature was already 91 degrees. We started the day around 7:00 a.m. anticipating the heat, but we still did not avoid it completely.

We took the southern route which is called the “Mississippi Levee Alternate”. The road ran very close to the Mississippi river and occasionally on the Levees. We stopped at one point and went to the shore line of the Mississippi. The river is wide at this point and flowing at a fairly high rate of speed. I am making the comparison to the Missouri River since I spent many hours on that river when we lived in Kansas City Missouri.


Chester, Illinois. Birth place and home of Popeye the Sailor Man. The city has a Popeye Character Trail which focuses on an individual Popeye character. This is a smart marketing ploy by the city because you have to see most of the city to visit each character. I have only attached two of the main items to the Blog.

Tonight we are camping at the Fraternal Order of the Eagle. It has a hot shower and a restaurant which is convenient. Tomorrow we go into Missouri which is just across the Mississippi River.

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