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Old May 24th, 2017   #1
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Default MRT Tour, Year 2

Last year I started a bicycle ride down the Mississippi. My son & I scouted some of the route finishing in St. Louis. At my age riding a pedal bike in strange territory was beyond my sense of adventure.

This fall I am planning on biking the 2nd half from St. Louis to New Orleans. I am riding the ST again on the scouting trip to check out the roads and camping/lodging along the way.

Today we rode down to Hannibal, Mo, one of my favorite overnight spots. Tomorrow we will start the recon of the MRT in St. Charles, MO and work our way down the river. One thing that occurred to me is that I will pick up 2 states, MS & LA, that I haven't motorcycled in.
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The obligatory fence painting photo op
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Well damn. Either your timing sucks or my timing sucks.

I am leaving Friday morning on the FJR headed West. Far, Far West, to Yosemite and then Sacramento California.

To think that you were that close to me and we will not be here. I am literally less than 15 minutes from the Mississippi River, just south of Baton Rouge. It would have been nice to meet you if only for a few minutes.
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I'll touch base in Oct when we are pedalling thru
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I may ignore you out of pure meanness.

Actually I probably will not ignore you. Although I am planning a brief ride into Alabama sometime in October.
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... One thing that occurred to me is that I will pick up 2 states, MS & LA, that I haven't motorcycled in.
There are about 10 states I've NEVER been in period. MS and LA are for sure two of them. TX is on that list too, as long as airport layovers don't count. BTW not that I have anything against MS or LA, I sometimes think I don't go there because I might stay.
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The obligatory fence painting photo op
I hate to admit it took me a minute to connect the "fence painting photo" with Hannibal. Doubly so in that "Tom Sawyer" was probably the first movie I ever saw in a theater.
But the real reason it took me so long was that I was distracted by the "security cable" on the paint brush. At first I thought it was a tube for a power painter spraying device.
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I'm having 2nd thoughts about bicycling through St. Louis and on south. There is only so much punishment this tired old body can withstand.
In 2 days, on a motorcycle, we are just past 600mi. My gps didn't like the routes I loaded so I am trying to use paper maps and notes.

Redfish, I feel for you. The hell you must endure riding down here in July and August.
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We rode 520mi. today. Haven't had a long day like that since I'd ridden my VFR to Arkansas. After riding down MS-1, south of Memphis, I'm pretty sure I won't be bicycling that way.

Roy's Store was the highlight of the day.
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