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Our Trip is over/odds & ends

My Dad(70)& I finished our cycling trip yesterday. Sedalia - Hermann (about 150 miles, including side trips). What a great ride! Thanks to all of you who answered my questions, gave advice, etc. We camped the first 2 nights and got wet, motels the last 2 nights. The trail was in very good condition.
Highlights: MO State Fairgrounds for camping - $7.00 per tent. Not bad, had hot showers, plenty of trees for shade, but no tables.
Sedalia-Franklin: not sure why, but I was suprised by several long grades. Pretty scenery though. We had counted on eating b-fast & lunch in towns along the way, but found eateries to be scarce, possibly because I excel at getting us lost (don't ask). Camped @ Katy Roundhouse. Nice place, the owner even delivered ice! Roughly 7 gazillion chiggers, most of whom found me to be good eats.
Franklin-Jeff City: early start and had to ride 20 miles before finding breakfast @ Katfish Katy's (franks and cheese - please, please don't ask. I don't know why, just sounded good). Lunch in Hartsburg @ Dollies (or Dotties - I was pretty tired) where I had the 2nd best cheeseburger in the universe, then 12 miles to N. Jefferson City.
More to follow...
posted Jun 8 2005 10:44PM - Sloow Jarome, El Reno, OK

At North Jefferson, we faced a bit of a problem: how to get across the bridge..several locals at the trailhead (with pick-ups)said crossing the bridge was, well risky, but were disinclined to give us a lift. A note on the community board said the Best Value Inn offered a free shuttle.
We called and 20 minutes later were being transported to the hotel in Holt's Summit. 56 dollars got us the biggest room I've ever seen, great service, friendly staff and something called air-conditioning. The owner (never got his name - so sorry) refused a tip, just part of the service...offered to shuttle us back @ 7 a.m. Since we needed to leave earlier, he told of a route to the trailhead, part of which he keeps mowed for cyclists. I mean this guy was great!
The bridge at Hermann was a breeze (2:00 on a Monday) not much traffic, except for the Missouri DOT truck that tried to run me down!
All said and done, this was a fine trip.
posted Jun 8 2005 11:05PM - Sloow Jarome, El Reno, OK

Tags: Jefferson City, Hartsburg, Sedalia, Hermann, Holts Summit, Katy Roundhouse, Missouri State Fairgrounds, North Jefferson Trailhead, Katfish Katy's, Lodging, Camping, Running Modify Tags

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