Our departure from Mayfield was on a busy road with no shoulder. Ace had a flat at the beginning of our ride, a piece of steel belt had lodged in his tire. It’s our first flat. There was a lot of traffic, including truck traffic and It was a little stressful for quite a few miles, but eventually we seemed to lose a majority of the traffic to other roads. Most folks are pretty good about slowing down or moving over as needed, but there are always a few who can’t seem to accomplish this simple maneuver.
Lunch was at a little restaurant in Wickliffe KY, just before crossing into Illinois. We would need to cross the Ohio River on a beautiful old steel bridge. The bridge is very long and narrow with no shoulder, so we decided to shuttle the bikes over on the car. It would have been fun to ride over it, but it would just be too dangerous.
Jo and Ace went first, while May and I waited in Wickliffe. I went in search of an ATM, and after I finished my transaction a nice woman at the bank called out the window and asked if I needed some cold water or anything - very nice! Roger returned and we ferried the last two bikes over and we took off to ride through the town of Cairo.
Cairo Illinois, a sad little town. At one time it had to have been prosperous. There is some beautiful architecture throughout the town, but it is now an empty shell. The population has dwindled. Many of the buildings are deteriorating, and those businesses that appeared to be operational were closed even though it was Friday afternoon.
Roger and I rode bikes around the town, to the downtown area, and out to the levee, before heading north of town to our motel. Once we were settled in, Jo, May, Roger, and I returned to downtown Cairo to visit a few more sights. We also drove south of town looking for photo ops of the bridge we crossed. We found another bridge, this one over the Mississippi River. It was closed for major repairs and we walked to up to the top of it for views of the river.
The weather today was perfect. Warm and sunny, not too hot. We rode about 36 miles, shorter than planned due to the shuttling of the bikes.
All in all a very interesting day.
|Interesting old barn still standing|
|Cool sign in the yard of some nice folks |
who invited us to sit in their yard and have sweet tea.
|Nice riding once the traffic thinned out.|
|County Courthouse, Wickliffe Kentucky|
|Illinois Border - no opportunity for group shot|
|Barge traffic on the Ohio River|
|Cairo IL - One of many abandoned buildings|
|Some of the near abandoned building. |
In fact I don't know if there is any business here,
but we can see one car in the photo
|The bridge on which we crossed the Ohio River|
|Levee with flood markings.|
|Historic Downtown Cairo|
|More empty buildings|
|Crumbling and deteriorating|
|Someone had recently planted some roses, while in the background the city is dying|
|Wall of murals|
|Some of the far ones are unfinished|
|Ornate gate at Riverlore|
|Side porch, Riverlore|
|Ornate architectural features on Magnolia Manor|
|Bridge over the Mississippi River under repair|
|Look at those large beams|
|Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers|