Rainy Day with the Rednecks

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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St Louis West, Route 66 KOA Kampground

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Saturday, July 30, 2011

I was in a real strop this morning! Trying to switch off and finish my book did not fit well with Polly packing up the tent. I think it was a by-product of being so abused over the last couple of days.  I was not keen to get back on the road and leave the tranquillity of the park lake behind.  But we have a plane to catch so by 9 we were riding from the park back into town to stock up on water.  We passed Sheriff TJ who gave us a friendly wave before we pulled into the garage to hydrate.

As soon as we set off for the day, the tension started.  Immediately car on the other side of the road beeped aggressively and gave us the middle finger of disapproval.  Why?  What had we done? We were nowhere near him! I hate this place.  I hate the people of Missouri.  I hate their bigoted views and needless aggression.  Why are they so angry about life?  Next door is Kansas where the people give nothing but smiles and friendly chat.  How can people who live in such close proximity be so fundamentally different in their approach to life?  Why can't one of these redneck tossers just get out of their petrol guzzling tanks and explain themselves?

The day improved and we enjoyed 40 miles of cycling without much to write about.  We did meet a lovely guy who gave us free ham and cheese croissants from the gas station.  He actually turned out to be the husband of the lady who directed us to the park last night.  It made me feel bad about slating the people of Missouri, but he was definitely the exception to the norm around these parts.

We enjoyed a good spattering of rain today which cooled us down, as we sat outside Macdonalds making the most of the English weather another friendly guy gave us his blessing.  Maybe we are out of the worst of it.

We rocked up to the KOA, the first KOA for sometime, in Alennton.  It is a beautiful site and we have even got carried away with the forest setting and built a campfire.  We cycle into St Louis tomorrow to the luxury of a city centre hotel and a Sunday evening baseball game.  St Louis is on the state border, I hope as we cross it the reception we get is as contrasting as it was from Kansas to Missouri.

Miles Cycled; 42 rainy miles. Why are we STILL sweating?!!
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triciagick on

You two must just be SO careful - shocking to read all about it and so unbelievable after Kansas - give serious thought to where your're going after St Louis and enjoy the game. Dads and I had a lovely sail with a family of four today - Mark booked it for his fathers 80th birthday surprise and Derek (father) was just so thrilled - nice day which we round up with a drink at the club.
Take great care xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lindy on

Glad to get the update but horrified at the reception you have been having - agree with all Trica said about the guy who threw the bottle. Once when we were in the depths of California we experienced that spooky feeling and legged it back to the car - it was very strange. Hopefully the next state will be much better and as Trica said take care. Enjoy the hotel and the game - just realised you will have already seen it.I am driving to Bristol on Thursday and off to Cyprus on Sat. hopefully Louise's I pad will work in Cyprus so that I can follow the last few days - can't believe it is nearly a year since you started - life won't be the same in the mornings without the blog - it is the first thing I do!!
Take lots of care all love Lindy

Jojo on

I should think you are very pleased to be leaving that State - lets hope Illinois will turn out to be real friendly. Is that tent going to last? The country side looks very lush and lovely - it's such a shame the people are not the same.
I am expecting the Stortons back today from their holiday with Giles and Charlotte in Rachel's Cornish cottage - I think they have had a great time and managed to play with boats. Amanda seems to be living in Paradise with Dominic - georgeous beach bungalows, safari, flora and fauna white sands and everything!

Alan on

The trip through USA seems so amazingly varried, how do these guys get so cross at cyclists on the open road? I'm going for a sail in Geof's boat today probably no wind, and whilst talking of your recent experiences will doubtless drift through our failed attempt to race the Atlantic all those decades ago. The discussion will surely re-emphasis how just crossing things off the list of "things to do" purely because you no longer have time to do them is a poor substitute for thorough planning and hard work.

Jojo on

Discussed with tricia likely route to New York - my guess is Indianapolis - Columbus - Harrisburg - Alantown the the Big Apple - anywhere near the mark?

triciagick on

Your mother thinks it might be Cincinatti and then Columbus? Feeling cross because my favourite white (Alice) shirt was the only thing in a pile of others that chose to go blue in the wash - other white things stayed white - Why?? XXXXX

Mum and Dad on

Well the encounters on the road sound really horrible.Lets hope there are no more incidents .Be very very careful.It is not far now -23 days and counting.Hope the hotel was relaxing and also that you enjoyed the base ball match.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Faith on

I am truly saddened by the actions of my fellow Missourians. WE ARE NOT ALL LIKE THAT! You must realise!!!!!

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