Sep 14, St. Jo, Mo, AMAZING DAY

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.

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8 Comments on “Sep 14, St. Jo, Mo, AMAZING DAY”

  1. Steve Lance says:

    Holy St. Joe Batman, you are about to finish your quest! It says a lot to see your positive spin on a day with rain and two flats. You are an inspiration,

  2. Alice says:

    Jim,
    You are amazing! What an accomplishment! Glad you met some friendly people and got their help. Makes you feel good about the world.
    Continued safe journey.
    Alice

  3. Keith says:

    Jim, sounds like a nice time! Did you check your rim tape? Keep riding and be safe!

  4. hoondog2100 says:

    Jim, I think you have discovered what the Buddha discovered move than 2500 years ago. How wonderful for you.

    “The secret of health for both mind & body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~~ Buddha

    Ellen

  5. Debbie Feller says:

    Might Long Rider….”Reflections of a Great Day does to the mind what breathing in fresh mountain air does to the body.” df Stay Safe!

  6. Kind, helpful people really do make a difference. Glad you found some when you needed them the most. 🙂


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