50 miles, 1,271 total miles
With a police escort, we crossed over the Mississippi River into Missouri.
The first 5 miles in Missouri were flat, flat, flat . . . and then we started climbing into the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, where we’ll be riding the rest of the way across the state.
Our route today took us past several wineries and one brewery.
We’ve had relatively few incidents with dogs. What’s been a bigger problem has been chickens. Phil and Mark, riding along enjoying the scenery, were suddenly and violently chased by a rooster. Only through the diversionary riding tactics of these two experienced cyclists were they saved from a serious road mishap.
Tour Member Bio
Aonne Kerkstra, age 65, is from Delft, Holland. He’s a retired high school science teacher and former university lecturer. Previous long-distance riding has been in New Zealand, the North Sea Cycle Route, and other extensive tours throughout Europe. Aonne’s hobbies include biking and speed skating in the winter.
Aonne is known on the roads as Joop Zoetemelk. Joop is one of the most successful Tour riders of all time. In 18 years as a professional, Zoetemelk won the Tour de France in 1980, and the Vuelta a España in 1979. He came second in the Tour de France six times. Joop is also from Holland.
Aonne is also keeping a blog: http://kerkstra.waarbenjij.nu/
Check out one of the tours he done: http://www.northsea-cycle.com/