I did not ride today, instead staying one more day in Odell, Illinois, in order to attend the county fair in Pontiac, IL, 10 miles away.
My new local friend, Jim, picked me up at my tent at noon and drove me to the fairgrounds, then he went back to work. He arranged for a ride home for me with Joe, another local who was staying at the fair until the end of the night.
The fair is great! Great food, great people watching, great livestock, friendly folks, and to top it all off, a rodeo!
The livestock and other exhibits are all 4H projects, which means put together by kids ages 8 to 18. The rodeo, on the other hand, is professional, and looked it.
Here are some photos from the various exhibit barns and halls.
There was a guy doing chainsaw sculpture that was truly unbelievable.
Lunch in the cafeteria was an incredibly delicious ribeye sandwich, which consisted of a 4 oz seasoned, thin, and tender steak on a hamburger bun. Throughout the day, I had ice cream, a corn dog, and a milkshake.
For dinner, I went back to the cafeteria for a 1/4 dark chicken dinner. While eating, a fellow walking by asked how I liked my sandwich at lunch. Turns out, he was the guy that serve me lunch, and remembered me, we chatted for about 20 minutes, and it was very pleasant. He and his wife ran the kitchen here. And of course, he knew both Jim and Joe, although he did not know of their help to me.
The rodeo was really interesting & exciting. I was able to walk all around the pens, talking to the competitors and others, who were all very friendly and patiently answered my questions. Then I watched from right next to where the bucking broncs bolt out of the pen, with the rider holding on for dear life.
There was also calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding.
For all you folks who think I am crazy for riding across the country, I am here to say I am not crazy. These guys who ride bucking broncos or jump off a galloping horse to wrestle a steer to the ground, they are crazy. But talking to them, they love doing it.
Tomorrow, I ride (I hope) to Iroquois, IL, a distance of 61 miles. The forecast is sunny and very hot. I’m hoping for an early start.