Bye, Katy. Hello, Kansas.

 And this is why we’re doing this trip! Part of the reason, at least. Just HAD to take a picture while we were at the Ballard Grill for lunch. 

And this is why we’re doing this trip! Part of the reason, at least. Just HAD to take a picture while we were at the Ballard Grill for lunch. 

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!

 Boonville Museum and Visitors Center. The boys are standing in front of a half-scale replica of Lewis and Clark‘s keel boat. 

Boonville Museum and Visitors Center. The boys are standing in front of a half-scale replica of Lewis and Clark‘s keel boat. 

 Here is one of the long and sunny stretches along the Katy Trail. Not all of it is out in the open. In fact, much of it is shaded along the Missouri River.  

Here is one of the long and sunny stretches along the Katy Trail. Not all of it is out in the open. In fact, much of it is shaded along the Missouri River.  

 Here we are waving goodbye to the Katy Trail as we entered Clinton, MO. 

Here we are waving goodbye to the Katy Trail as we entered Clinton, MO. 

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. 

 Ballard Grill where we stopped for lunch on our way from Clinton to Adrian. These little places are gems! 

Ballard Grill where we stopped for lunch on our way from Clinton to Adrian. These little places are gems! 

 We really enjoyed talking with this nice group of men who also happened to stop into the Ballard Grill for lunch. We were taken aback when one of them came outside as we were about to leave and handed us a $100 bill “to use for dinner” because they “were inspired by us!” How humbling to us and generous of him!

We really enjoyed talking with this nice group of men who also happened to stop into the Ballard Grill for lunch. We were taken aback when one of them came outside as we were about to leave and handed us a $100 bill “to use for dinner” because they “were inspired by us!” How humbling to us and generous of him!

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!

 Frontier Village in Adrian, MO

Frontier Village in Adrian, MO

 This is our official “We’ve entered Kansas” picture. Unfortunately, there was no sign to stand in front of at this point, but here it is: the Kansas/Missouri border, just outside of Amsterdam, MO.

This is our official “We’ve entered Kansas” picture. Unfortunately, there was no sign to stand in front of at this point, but here it is: the Kansas/Missouri border, just outside of Amsterdam, MO.

 Who said Kansas was flat? These rolling hills were pretty substantial, although we’re fairly certain they will level out very soon. 

Who said Kansas was flat? These rolling hills were pretty substantial, although we’re fairly certain they will level out very soon. 

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. 

 The boys having a blast in the community pool in Garnett, KS. 

The boys having a blast in the community pool in Garnett, KS. 

 Jerry pushing the boys on a merry-go-round at the community pool playground. When was the last time you’ve seen a merry-go-round like this?

Jerry pushing the boys on a merry-go-round at the community pool playground. When was the last time you’ve seen a merry-go-round like this?

 Douglas’ dirt creation at the playground. 

Douglas’ dirt creation at the playground.