Day 36 April 16
I spent 80% of today in the drops. For those of you non-cyclists, the drops are the lower part of the handlebar that gets you out of the wind. those feelings strong from a good rest and the mouse were a little longer today, but I made good time.
Upon awakening by the riverside, I had a couple of visitors at camp. The first was a man walking his dogs. He reminisced with me about his old cycling days. He had a dog I’ve never seen before call the skipper kee (turns out it’s schipperke).
The next visitor was very interesting. Kind of a scraggly looking small tattood guy in all camos and tall rubber boots asking about the turkeys. I told him I hadn’t seen any and about the guy who who looked the night before and didn’t find any, but he wanted to try anyway. So off we went to his car and out he came with rifle and two inflated rubber turkeys. I guess he didn’t mind the sign that said no firearms. He traipsed off in the woods for about 30 minutes and I could hear various calls being made, but I didn’t hear any shots fired so I guess he had no luck. Open season seems to make people crazy around here.
I cruised due West most of the day through various towns, right into a headwind. Once again hills all day. I “had” to stop at a Dutch country store run by Mennonites. A fantastic find, I got to fill a shopping bag with snacks for $2.49!
Then a right turn towards Sedalia and tailwinds pushed me to town. It’s a neat little city that I got to roam around for a few hours before finding camp at the local fairgrounds. This will be my last day of cycling for the next week. I’m catching a train to Kansas City to relax and set up the next 1000 miles. Stoked, I am!