Day 28, Chester, Illinois (tomorrow, Missouri!)

50 miles, 1,221 total miles

We traveled along the Mississippi River today on the way to Chester, Illinois, the “Home of Popeye,” where a 6-foot bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man stands in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park, which honors Popeye’s creator, Elzie Segar. Several of Mr. Segar’s characters were created from experiences with people of Chester. Chester’s big event is its annual Popeye Picnic and parade, held the weekend after Labor Day. Popeye fans travel from all over the United States and the world to partake in the weekend activities.

We’re spending the night behind the Eagles Lodge.  And perfect timing!  They’re having their yearly festival with fair-type food, amusement rides, and a loud band until midnight!

Bring on some a that funka-billy blues music!

Our group waiting for pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, bratwurst, burgers, and fries.

Tour Member Bio

Nick Van Dam

Nick, age 30, is from Springfield, MO.  Nick is a triathlete and has completed a full Iron Man triathlon.  Nick has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Missouri State University.  In the fall, he will be attending seminary in Denver.   Nick’s hobbies include biking, drawing, woodworking, scuba diving, chess, and running.

Nick’s road name is George Hincapie.  George is one of the most recognized riders in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories to his credit.  George Hincapie has been hailed as “America’s premier classics rider” following his tremendous second-place finish at Paris-Roubaix in 2005, the highest ever placing for an American rider.

Nick has been dubbed George Hincapie because both are tall cyclists (plus Nick kicks the butt of the old men in the group when it comes to how fast he rides).


5 comments on “Day 28, Chester, Illinois (tomorrow, Missouri!)

  1. enjoying your blog – looks like a great trip so far and love reading about your experiences in small town America.

  2. REally enjoying your blog. Be careful of the coal trucks around Chester…some of them don’t care for cyclists!

  3. Love your blogging and so many famous racer tourist wannabee’s……
    Any chance you could show your route or name your Adventure Cycling tour route.

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