We just came to the end of the Katy Trail a few days ago, which took us across most of Missouri. We still had a couple more days of riding (on roads) before crossing from Missouri into Kansas. One of the days while still traveling on the Katy Trail we were halted by a storm in Boonville, MO. Again, it was a good place to be waylaid- as we were able to spend some time exploring the local museum and got a room at an historic (and cyclist-friendly) hotel. Jerry and I were even able to celebrate our 18th anniversary there in the hotel restaurant while the boys ate pizza and watched TV in our hotel room. It was a win-win!
As we exited the Katy Trail, we only had to ride about a half mile to the Clinton Community Center, which allows cyclists to use their facilities (showers!) and camp in the field/pavilion behind the building. That evening we ate dinner at a Mexican Restaurant (air conditioning!), met two brothers there who were biking the Katy Trail going the other direction (we may encounter one of these brothers later this week when we bike through their hometown of Wichita), and then enjoyed a movie afterwards (Incredibles 2). That was a great way to spend the evening after biking in 95-degree weather all day.
When we arrived in Adrian, we had a little trouble figuring out where we would stay (no official campgrounds), but a very kind woman in City Hall made some phone calls and the next thing we knew, we were being welcomed into the Frontier Village to camp for the night. This was an outdoor venue where they have antique tractor field day (which had just happened the previous weekend). There are reconstructed buildings along a “road” that make you feel as though you have been placed into an old midwestern town- complete with saloon, post office, ice cream shop, bank, etc. There were also old steam-powered machines that they used for demonstrations, old tractors, a small train that kids could ride, an old caboose, etc. We were thankful to camp at this place. There were even showers for us to use, in addition to the interesting farm equipment to see. One of the challenges of the recent camping we have done is that although there have been some nice breezes in the evenings, the temperatures have been in the upper 80’s and 90’s, plus the mosquitoes are come out in full force in the evenings. So we have to close our tent to the mosquitoes and get as much breeze as possible through the mesh of our tents. But the tents get incredibly stuffy. It has been so difficult to fall asleep while we are dripping with sweat! So, if you notice that I’ve mentioned air conditioning several times, this is the reason!
Upon entering Kansas we camped at the Linn County Park campground, which was right on the La Cygne Lake. The breezes off the lake were terrific! We had gotten fresh gourmet Asiago bratwursts just before leaving Missouri and had them in our spaghetti that evening. Very satisfying!
Next stop: Garnett, KS. We found a comfortable motel with AC. We are taking a day off, enjoying the community pool, a late breakfast at a wonderful local spot (Prairie Belle’s), and some planning.