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Jul 3, 2017 - Day 59 - Ozora, MO to Murphysboro, IL

Today’s wend from Ozora, Missouri, to Murphysboro, IL, was a glorious 58-mile ride with 2,785’ of ascent. Murphysboro, population 7,811 at an elevation of 420’, was established in September 1843. The name was decided by a draw of names from a hat. Each year, in September, Murphysboro is home of the Apple Festival and the Murphysboro Riverside Blues Festival. In 2017, the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 will have its point of longest duration (2 minutes, 41.7 seconds) near Murphysboro, in Giant City State Park. Murphysboro is also...

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