|I'm now on the home stretch after 24 days on the road. If I encounter no drama, I should be back in my beloved Holler tonight.
|It's 600 miles but it's all interstate and I've rode this particular route many times.
|I'm encouraged as I pass by a big American Flag. I've been in quite a few other countries and for all of her faults, the United States is still the best one around.
|It sure looks like I'm fixin' to get wet but I put off suiting up at this point.
|I make it to a Love's still in the dry and get BlueBelle filled up for the next part of the dash home.
|I also manage to snag a couple of good breakfast biscuits for me since I hit the road early this morning.
|I decide since I am already stopped to go ahead and gear up for rain cause it looks like I am headed right into it. And it's the right call because just a few minutes later down the road I'm in it.
|But when I run out of I decide to keep my rain gear on. That way if I hit some more wet weather I can just ride on without stopping.
|Soon I cross over into Illinois and I know it's not too many miles along the way til ...
|I'll see this sign and know I'm only 200 miles from my Holler.
|I wave to Superman as I usually do when I pass by Metropolis.
|As I cross over into Kentucky I see an unfortunate big rig wreck. I can't figure out if he ran off the interstate or the exit ramp but I don't guess it really matters at this point.
|Soon I'm across the Tennessee River and then ...
|across the Cumberland River which form the two side boundaries of the area called the Land Between the Lakes.
|I see my final state line sign for the day and I am might glad of it. From here it is less than 60 miles to the end of my journey.
|I arrive home and get BlueBelle pulled back into the garage. I figure I'll unpack her tomorrow after I get some much needed rest. It's good to be back home as there were some times I was wondering if I was going to be able to make it.
The Rest Of The Story
I made an appointment with my primary care physician to see what was going on with my ribs. After an examination and an X-ray, ribs number 5 & 6 were broken on my left side as I suspected. Fortunately they did not separate and puncture anything, so they will heal back by themselves.