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post #31 of 49 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wet, wet day today. It's ok, my jacket works good. My pants keep everything but my crotch dry. And it was warm but not too hot. Certainly could have been worse. And the mountains look cool in the clouds.

GPS sent me on a detour down a 10 mile side trip down a dead-end. At the end it told me "take a right" but the only thing there was a guy's front yard. It's a weird deal, the road didn't have a dead end sign on it or anything. I almost feel like I missef something. And GPS was kind of a pain in the rain, because I had to keep my phone in my pocket and going by audio commands alone left a lot to be desired. GPS took me down some comically narrow and beat up paved roads over some mountain passes in Kentucky. Don't know why it made me grumpy, those roads and that dead-end were pretty damn fine riding. But GPS was frustrating me, and I kind of wanted to get off the road. It all worked out

One thing about spending a day riding in the rain, it makes Huddle Hut fried chicken with white gravy and mashed potatoes and southern green beans and a bit of Knob Creek taste pretty damn okay. I don't know what these Southerners do to the green beans, but they taste like meat, ham to be specific. Could b be the best damn vegetable I've ever had.

Rode around Burke's Garden this morning, this high-elevation plane surrounded by mountains. Really pretty beautiful.
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post #32 of 49 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 11:22 PM
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Really enjoying reading your blog of your trip. Thatís gonna leave a memory mark for sure. Yep, southern moms know how to do that to green beans, field peas, black eyed peas, butter beans, and pretty much anything. Thereís no written recipe though...had to watch your grandmother and your mom cook it to know what to do. Ham or bacon always involved. Ride safe and keep the stories and pics coming.
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I'm sitting in my hotel room this morning waiting for the rain to pass by. Really don't feel like getting wet again. Also want to go up Black Mountain and hoping it will pull its head out of the clouds once this front moves through.

I hate sitting still, I feel like I'm falling behind. But I have three days to get to Columbia Missouri, plenty of time. And really if I fall back an entire day that'll be okay. I'm hoping to get home Saturday, so I have a full day sitting around my house before I go back to work. But if I got home Sunday noon, would not be the end of the world.
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Wow, Shakespeare Pizza! That brings back memories of visiting my daughter. The one photo looks the pinnacles outside Columbia MO.
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A biker church! What! Interesting read so far, thanks for sharing!

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Kind of sad, left Appalachia today. I tried to get up Black Mountain, but it's a dirt road up there and really seem like a working Road anyways. Mining going on up there. And I needed to make some time after sitting in the hotel room most of the morning waiting for the rain to leave. Which by the way, was an excellent decision.

I've been loving the Kurvinger app, but it's only good when you're in the mood to wander. When you need to get somewhere, it just makes life too hard. I told it to get me across Kentucky quickly, but 5 miles later it was trying to turn me up the narrowest gravel road I've ever seen. I did some floundering, but finally got myself on the right direction. Piunded across a lot of Kentucky at 65 listening to a book on tape. Took the Bluegrass Parkway for a while, but that was too boring. So I took a parallel road which is a lot more beautiful.

Going to try to get to the Missouri Ozarks tomorrow early enough that I have some time to explore. I'd like to be in Columbia Missouri Thursday night.

I did get some nice riding in this morning though before I had to be efficient with my time. One last narrow mountain road. Can't wait to go back.
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Wow, Shakespeare Pizza! That brings back memories of visiting my daughter. The one photo looks the pinnacles outside Columbia MO.
Shakespeare's is epic, huh? I'm going to see if I can"t get a Booche"s burger when I go back, and likely dinner at Glenn"s.
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You'll have to top it with dessert at Sparkys ice cream. Great trip. Thanks for the pics.
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It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I have returned home, a day earlier than originally planned.

Two nights ago I camped at Meramec Springs in Missouri, where my wife studied wildlife back when she was my girlfriend. Then I wandered back to Columbia Missouri and spent the night with a friend, went out for a great dinner and sat around having conversation and sipping bourbon. A truly wonderful night. The friends you make in college last forever, and it's hard to make better friends later in life.

This morning we sat around chatting over coffee until mid-morning, and then I got on the bike and pounded the roads home. Originally I planned to take 2 days to get home and explore the back roads of Missouri in Iowa. But I should know myself better by now. At the end of a trip, I'm ready to get home. I was eager to grind out the miles so I could sit comfortably on my deck and have a drink with my puppy.

My family missed me, I assume. None of them are here. They knew I was coming home, but they went out to a farm to have pizza. They'll be home soon enough, They'll pretend they missed me. And genuinely show that they love me.
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Here's the route I took. I run GPSLogger on my android phone while I ride. It's pretty bullet proof. Then I use GPSVisualizer to create a google map from the GPX files it creates. That is a bit fiddly, and you need a Google API key now. But, I like it.

Here's the map you can zoom in with: Google Map

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