Sunday, September 30, 2012

Route 66 - Rest Day - St. Louis, MO

Route 66 - Rest Day - St. Louis, MO
Today is a day to get caught up on things like laundry; recharging the camera, downloading the camera and finding photos that for some reason didn't download yesterday... so, these next couple of photos are some of the riders leaving Staunton, IL on their way to St. Louis, MO yesterday. But first things first. I forgot to mention a really cool annual event that takes place in Staunton, IL...
It is the Tour de Donut in July which is a 32- to 34-mile bicycle "race" that starts and ends in Staunton, Ill. The Tour de Donut, which is put on by the St. Louis-based Boeing Employees' Bicycle Club is a spoof of the Tour de France. The ride consists of three sections, each about 10 miles, and two doughnut stops. Cyclists get five minutes taken off their time for each doughnut eaten. Some racers have mastered the art of smashing and eating three doughnuts at a time to get more bonus time.
 Ann N is on her way!
Becky H begins another day
 Tricia L leaving Staunton, IL
And the billboards begin! Meramec Caverns where the bumper sticker was born.
 The remnants of a once popular place on Chain of Rocks Road.
The Luna Cafe, Mitchell, IL 
Cycle friendly St. Louis, MO!
Arrival at the Drury Inn & Suites in St. Louis, MO.
Tricia L, Rich G and Bill K plan their next adventure!
 Arrival at the Party Suite for a Baseball Game @ Busch Statium
St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals
St. Louis wins 12-2
 Rich G, Jim K, Vicki L and Marvin K in the Party Suite
 And the Cardinals are at bat again in the 2nd inning after scoring 5 runs in the first! They only scored 4 in the second....
 The courthouse of Dred Scott fame @ night
 Saturday morning saw the trailer receiving some welding repairs right out on the street in the heart of downtown St. Louis, MO! The weld holding the hitch receiver cracked so it had to be fixed.
 I never knew that there was such a thing as mobile welding services... Rich G documents the work!
 What is it about repairmen and exposed flesh?
 Rich gets down and dirty...
 Me in front of 3 iconic St. Louis landmarks...the bronze statue from the World's Fair, the Dome of the Courthouse and the Arch.
 Another view of the welding repair....
    Rich G and Bill K pedaled out to Chippewa  to enjoy a world famous Ted Drewes 'Concrete'. As you can see from the photo they were not the only ones with that idea.
Tomorrow we are off to St. Clair, MO.

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