Not sure what has happened to my blog except that I haven’t been here! I won’t try to pick up all the pieces, but I do have a few photos from the last day of the bike trip across Missouri that I want to share.
We were up early on day three so the bikers could make the most of the cooler weather. It had been 111 degrees when we checked in at the Depot Inn in LaPlata the day before. If you are a railroad buff, you will enjoy staying at the Depot Inn in LaPlata. It’s like a museum with sleeping rooms. Lots of train stuff. And there is a real train station where the trains still stop. Interesting town.
Our first stop this morning is in Bethel. They have several festivals each year to celebrate their heritage, which is why the name sounded familiar to me. This was just a hot morning in July and we were excited to find a restaurant open at 8:00 am on a Sunday morning. There were a few regulars already enjoying their morning coffee, but we were interested in breakfast. We were still enjoying our eggs and hash browns when the riders showed up. It was a good place to stop because we had parked on the shady side of the street. We shared our breakfast with the riders, then did a bit of exploring while they took a breather and picked all the little rocks out of their tires. There was a row of old buildings across the street from the restaurant, so we walked down the street looking in the windows. One building had a padlock on the door that wasn’t locked, so we decided to check it out. It was an old house that had stone walls that were laid up between upright boards. I’d never seen anything like that before. Of course, my camera was in the van.
Our only big stop between Bethel and Hannibal was in Palmyra, where we crossed highway 61 and headed down along the river, coming in on the north edge of town by Hannibal LaGrange College. Took advantage of some nice shade trees to restock the riders and let Hannah join them for the last leg of the journey, down to the river. The cobblestones were a bit of a challenge.
And here’s the sag wagon team. From left to right: Julie, my DIL; Hannah, my granddaughter, me, and Kay, my SIL. We went out to eat to celebrate the occasion, then it was time to go home. What a trip!