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Grandpa Lost His Mind
A Journal - Crossing America by Bicycle

June 16, 2007      Miles 74      Total miles 2755      Ended at: Ash Grove, Missouri


Hey, I don't like these self photos any more than you but it is just a way to document where I am. I was only seven miles from Missouri last night.
Within about 50 feet of the border, the shoulder on the side of the road disappeared. That isn't good but I continued on county roads which are not heavily traveled. The drivers were giving me plenty of room.
I met Tammy early in the day. She had already ridden for fifty miles today and wasn't planning to stop anytime soon. She hiked the Appalachian Trail which goes from Georgia to Maine and decided to ride her bike across the country this year. She is 47 years old and teaches people with severe disabilities and they are her inspiration. She is making her way across the U S to San Francisco.
The pretty farm scenes continue. The first twenty or so miles are fairly flat in this part of Missouri.

The flat land changes pretty rapidly to rolling hills. These hills are pretty tiring but they come and go. The temperature today was upper 80's with 50% humidity.
The price of gasoline in Missouri is pretty cheap if you can find it.
Chris is 30 years old from Tacoma, Washington and told me he rode with Tammy for a while but her pace was faster than he wants to do. After graduating with a degree in business and accounting from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 1999 he worked as an insurance underwriter for six years then went into the Peace Corp in 2005 and went to the Republic of Georgia, a former Soviet state, where he taught English, wrote grants, set up camps and clubs for kids, and did administrative work as well.

I was tired when I arrived in Ash Grove and when I got to the little town I was resting on my bike, looking at my map to see what services were available in town. Nancy walked up to me and asked if I would like some ice water. She didn't know how good that sounded after drinking hot water all day. She had three children and is a first grade school teacher. Her husband is the local veterinarian and they are getting ready to open a new animal clinic in Ash Grove. She was so nice and even drove me to see where the city park is and I stayed there last night. What a nice welcome to Ash Grove.