Unlike my friends in other locales, I don’t see many stone walls during my wanderings. It seemed good to stop a moment and ponder.
The one who placed the first stone instructs us in the virtues of vision, patience, and hard work.
After reversing my prior days ride and returning to Springfield, I knew I’d need some food before starting my long trip back home. GravelDoc had recommended visiting the downtown area, and mentioned that there’d be one of his favorite bike shops and food options. So I packed up my things and drove from the trailhead toward downtown.
One the way, I spotted this curiosity. At first, I thought I’d found another bike shop, but there are signs clearly stating “Bikes are not for sale”.
It appears that someone simply fenced their driveway and yard with bicycles. Why didn’t I think of that?
I did find Queen City Cycles and also found that they had some nice vintage bikes on display. I needed a new pair of gloves to replace some that were worn out. So I browsed a little, made my purchase, and headed for brunch.
Just up the road, I found a hopping breakfast place. I was seated in a booth that allowed a watchful eye over my bicycle locked up outside. It’s not often you’ll see my bike downtown with a lock on it. Yeah, I know the lock is supposed to go through at least one wheel. Sometimes I flirt with danger.
Filled and content, I aimed the truck back toward the more mundane and pushed a different kind of pedal forward.
Once in Bolivar, I cruised around downtown, found a good Mexican food restaurant, cruised around town some more, found ice cream, and then rode to the hotel. I was able to check-in just barely before the outside temperature hit triple digits. Frequent friendly commenter to this blog, GravelDoc, met me at the hotel and drove me to dinner. Italian food and talking bicycles makes for a pleasant meal. After dinner, he gave me a thorough tour of Bolivar in the comfort of his air conditioned vehicle. I wish GravelDoc was my next door neighbor. He’s that kind of guy.
I have done several S24Os that included enough gear to luxuriously camp and cook outdoors. The S24Os focus on enjoying the being at a place. Many more of those are anticipated, but I also have an interest in doing a multi-day credit card tour. The credit card tour provides a different experience that emphasizes pedaling and seeing more places. Now that I have successfully completed a credit card tour over-nighter (and thoroughly enjoyed it), it is time to plan a 3-day, 2-night loop from/to my front door. Perhaps this fall or winter…
Tracy Wilkins (the Springfield Cyclist) took time out of his weekend to host a late afternoon/early evening ride out west of town. I had arrived in town to ride the Frisco Highline Trail the next day, and meeting up with Tracy was an excellent bonus.
Sometimes you have to set a goal, plan ahead, destroy distractions, and make it happen. But other times, a door opens, the path points downhill, and all you have to do is walk through. My MO trip was a simple walk through.
I’ve been seeking an opportunity to visit my dad up in south central Missouri for months. When it materialized, it was delightful that other opportunities appeared with it.
These photos are from an early morning ATV ride down from the ridgetop to a spring-fed creek. The photo above is where the perfectly clear water springs from the ground. It is a lovely spot in the morning. A cool breeze, the morning light, and the quiet set the tone for a multi-day slow down for me.
After a nice visit with my dad, I was able to meet up with a couple of blog buddies, ride the Frisco Highline Trail, and do a practice run for a future short credit card tour. But more about those things later…