Sep 14, St. Jo, Mo, AMAZING DAYPosted: September 15, 2011
73 mi. Into St Jo. Started out in a cool spitting rain. In an hour it was raining and blowing. Getting wetter and wetter I made it to the small town of Burlington Junction just as my rear tire went flat. FORTUNATELY, there is a small cafe there and this morning it was filled with friendly, helpful and kind people. Can you imagine their thoughts when I stumbled in soaking wet wearing shorts, sandals and a bright yellow jacket? They planned a better, safer route for me. Superb directions…Jerry gave me a lift to Marysville and the better route. We had some great discussion enroute, I learned a lot about his farming operation-very interesting. I nearly flew down to St Jo with a tailwind, but the rear tire flatted again. Can’t find anything in the tire, but I got more changing and patching practice. A few blocks from my motel (Jerry and Bob’s directions) a very nice lady waved me over to the side of the road to tell me about her son who is about to start a major bike adventure from N. Carolina. I think their plan is to visit every state and climb the highest hill in every one. How about that? Now wasn’t that an amazing day? Sorry, no pics today…too much going on. Oh, and at least I didn’t ride with fenders on the bike from Oregon to Mo. for no reason. Looks like I may need them Friday too. Apple pie with ice cream for desert tonight – can’t beat this bike touring stuff.