Day 28 – Cross Country Bike Tour – Kansas City to Richmond, MO
56 miles, +1918/-2143 feet
Riding through Kansas City on our cross country bike tour this morning, the weather was warm, clear and completely beautiful. The canal trail is such a change from any other roads or trails that we have ridden. It’s very nice to have a change of pace. After the canal, the route crosses over the huge Kansas City rail yard and then the Missouri River.
Winding along a section of the route on the other side of the river, the riders were stopped at a corner to wait for a train, and then a second train. One train is loud, two is very, very loud and squeaky.
After a rest stop, the riders rode on the old highway through the local fields and over an old one lane bridge. It’s especially peaceful to ride off the beaten path.
We were able to talk with one of the local cyclists today who saw the van waiting on the side of the road at a park ‘n ride. He and his friend use that spot to meet and ride. A very nice man, 72 years old, and a great example of how riding a bike keeps you young and fit. I have no doubt he could out climb any of us! Thanks for the wonderful conversation Ray!
On the way into Richmond this afternoon we stopped at the Ray County Museum. For the past 40 years the collection there has been growing through donations. There’s lots to see!
Thank you Linda, for remembering that we were riding to see you today. Your warm welcome and enthusiasm for the work that you do at the museum was exactly what we needed to top off our cross country ride to Richmond.
Tonight, Mexican Food. Gotta’ go now.