The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? Nope.

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Missouri
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Chillicothe, Missouri is the home of sliced bread. That's actually a pretty cool claim to fame... people seem to love sliced bread these days. I've grown up with sliced bread so I think bread in an uncut loaf is an exceptionally fresh novelty... I also think things from the 80's are cool... but hey, what comes around goes around. 

We took the scenic route which added a few (maybe 15) extra miles, but it got us off the highways and onto more scenic rolling country roads... a trade I will take every day. I think the rolling terrain is a lot of fun to ride; it is difficult to ride as a group though. 

Scott is gunning for the flat tire record. He ran over another nail today; this one fish-hooked through his sidewall and popped back out just above the rim. This all happened less than half a mile from the support stop so Dad, being the noble gentleman that he is, traded Scott bikes and waited while Pam from ABB fixed the tire on the side of the road so Scott could go and get some food. We all eat quite a bit of food, but those of you who know Scott know he needs to eat and loves to eat... a lot.

We were told that this route was through Amish country, but I barely saw any Amish. MO Amish don't hold a candle to our good old Ohio Amish. I only saw three horse drawn buggies (and fortunately never had to ride behind one).

That's about it for Missouri. There's not much going on here. We're pretty settled into a routine and we're really looking forward to our day off in Indianapolis where we'll be able to see our family. 

Distance: 90.80 mi - 2,267.28 total
Time: 06:06:21 - 153:41:16 total
Elevation Gain: 2,599 ft - 75,358 total
Av. Speed: 14.9 mph - 14.8 overall
Av. HR: 127 bpm - 128 overall
Calories: 5,557 - 149,388 overall

Flat Tire Count:
Scott - 8
Stephen - 3
Mark - 2
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Jay on

Buy Scott some Michelin Krylion tires. I have ridden up to 3000 miles on a pair, no flats. Carbon fiber reinforced. If he puctures those then he is a real talent in this area.

M. Hines on

Sliced bread was sold for the first time on July 7, 1928. Up until that time, consumers baked their own bread or bought it in solid loaves. Otto Frederick Rohwedder, a jeweler from Davenport, Iowa, had been working for years perfecting an eponymous invention, the Rohwedder Bread Slicer. He tried to sell it to bakeries. They scoffed and told him pre-sliced bread would get stale and dry long before it could be eaten. He tried sticking the slices together with hatpins, but it didn't work. Finally, he hit on the idea of wrapping the bread in waxed paper after it was sliced. Still no sale, until he took a trip to Chillicothe, Missouri, and met a baker who was willing to take a chance. Frank Bench agreed to try the five-foot-long, three-foot-high slicing and wrapping machine in his bakery. The proclamation went out to kitchens all over Chillicothe, via ads in the daily newspaper: "Announcing: The Greatest Forward Step in the Baking Industry Since Bread was Wrapped — Sliced Kleen Maid Bread." Sales went through the roof. Rohwedder not only gave Americans the gift of convenience and perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but he also provided the English language with the saying that expresses the ultimate in innovation: "the greatest thing since sliced bread."

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