“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.“
On Adrian’s Island, Jefferson City, MO, the pieces of the extra-large chessboard travel often, but not too far. There is no escape outside the square.
Biking buddy and I returned from a nine-day vacation to Missouri. Our intent was to bike six days on the Katy Trail, but it ended up being only four days and 82.5 miles. The best laid plans…
Actually, the heat prevented us from biking our expectations. The first day out, the heat (100F/38C) and a high dewpoint of 75% made it impossible to bike the afternoon. We also rode a part of the trail that was a gradual uphill on the way out, which is not the way to start a week of biking. Our sweat was sweating by the end of 14 miles. The following two days were cooler, especially in the morning, so better progress was made. On Tuesday we took a break to visit Clydesdale horses and on Wednesday, we called it our last hot day, spending the rest of the time discovering a coffee shop with yummy treats, talking to people we will never see again and touring Boonville, Rocheport, Jefferson City, and plenty of curvy, hilly roads.
Following is a gallery with a few photos from the week. During the non-biking time, we visited the Capitol and surrounding garden and monuments; Lake of the Ozarks State Park (no, I did not run into Jason Bateman); the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville (turned down a free Bud); two microbreweries (meh); drove past a number of cool/beautiful churches; stood next to a huge 400 year old burr oak tree; found a walking trail or two (because biking wasn’t enough exercise); and watched as barges made their way down “The Big Muddy.” (The Missouri River is brown and muddy and has had major floods in 1881, 1943, 1952 (flood of record), 1967, 1978, and 1993). The locals talk a lot about the flood of 1993, with one man creating “Boathenge” along the Katy Trail with boats that met their demise during that flood.
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