Up and rolling for this, our last day of the tour.
One of my favorite things of being on a bike tour is the simplicity of the daily routine. Get up, pack your stuff and get about the business of riding your bike. No thoughts of how work is going to go, or what details of life are going to crop up. Just get some food and fluids on board and enjoy pedaling your bike through the country side. It is a good feeling.......maybe a bit selfish, just taking care of yourself for the days you are lucky enough to be out on a bike tour. I am sure this is why, for me, it is a wonderful vacation. Ask your body for a little performance and get a positive response which in turn has a wonderful effect to my mental state of mind.
I owe a big thank you and gratitude to my family and wife for supporting me for my bike tours every summer.
On with today's ride. Last day is our shortest ride, about 37 miles to Clinton. We are now completely away from the river and it is a nice ride through open farm country.
The morning starts with a short ride through Sedalia back to the depot where we pick up the Katy going west.
Last little bit of tree cover before breaking out into the open country.
Midwest sight with these flowers
I enjoyed the open look and views of the countryside
SAG stops on the trail were always so welcomed and the tour organizers made sure we were really taken care of during the whole ride. But, I gotta tell you, I really can take a few days off from eating bananas. They did help with keeping the leg cramps away later in the day. The second day I did not eat any bananas and I suffered a bit with cramps later in the day in camp, so I was a good soldier the rest of the ride.....but it was a chore to eat those the last few days!
A break from the farmland views
A last picture of my riding, camping, and dining, trip buddies, Rob, Kelley, and Richard
Time to say my goodbyes and climb into my truck for a long drive home. I originally planned to break up the drive but a commitment came up that I wanted to be back in Estes the next morning so I slogged it out for the long drive. It was all good because after my morning thing and a bit of a lazy day we got the news that David's wife Carlie was heading over to the hospital in labor. Baby Ava was born about 9 PM and I got to hold her about two hours later! What a blessing and my heart just filled with love and joy.
Father and daughter
Thank you so much for reading along and enjoying the ride with me.