TransAm - Day 33

Trip Start May 04, 2007
Trip End Aug 05, 2007

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Saturday we crossed from Illinois to Missouri via the Chesterfield Bridge across the Mississippi River. For safety concerns we had a police escort. Our jubilation over this mark in our trek was short lived as within 10 miles we begin to encounter the Missouri Ozarks. The culimination of that ascent was Eminence, MO where "...the rivers (Jack's Fork and the Current)meet the mountains...." Eminence was also the reuniting with spouse, Glenda, daughter Stephanie,and son-in-law Scott (the latter two live in St. Louis). We had a rest day in Eminence; that portion of our family became acquainted with and was warmly received by the travel group.
Today we left Eminence and rode today to Houston, MO where we have left apparently the steepest portion of the Ozarks. Eminence was quiet; but it begins to really bustle on the summer weekends with those who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, or simply tubing.
Everyobe remains in good spirits. Although I did accompany one of our members to the Houston ED for back pain evaluation.
Tomorrow's weather report is not encouraging - high winds, rain, and possibly hail. We shall see....

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6tigers on

Who Dat, Who Dat !?!?!
Who Dat, Who Dat, Who Dat say they gonna stop our Papa??? Maybe the weather will give you a tail wind, but it can not stop you. We love you and are proud of your progress. Wish we could have come to Missouri to meet you. Keep pedaling.
The 6Tigers

ashleygreen on

What a journey!
James, I got a message from Stephanie telling me she had just visited you, so i couldn't stop myself from coming and having a look on a rainy grey morning in london at work. it sounds like you're having an incredible adventure. great to see your inspiration is from the 70s. i wonder, are you wearing 70s-inspired cycling kit too, or have you grown your hair and moustache long just to keep in style? joking aside, it's a very powerful image to see your position on the map changing with each entry. progress progress progress. all i can say is keep at it, you're doing great. i always like to think that travel gives me a sense of perspective on my life - last night i was out on my bike riding home from a station 25 miles up the train line. i got 2 miles from my house, absolutely exhausted but impressed that i'd made it, and found a 20-strong group of riders who were half way through a 75 mile ride aiming to finish at 1am!! i didn't slump, i didn't falter. what could i do. i just got back on and kept going. anyway, that's all from me, except to quote a Chinese proverb: '"Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep". Keep those eyes peeled. All the very best to you, and your family. Ashley, Lara and Rowan

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