16-04-26       Day 30      Farmington

Biking the TransAm 2016 Blog
2 Wheels, 6 Months, 1 Adventure

The insects pestered me all night long. I love to sleep cowboy style, (On the ground without a tent), and am thinking these days might be numbered… On the road at 7:30 am for a short ride to the Our Place convenience store to put in my contacts and get a bite to eat.

As I biked into Missouri the rollers began and the farther I went the slower I pedaled…  There was no pedaling over 10 mph… The Ozarks are coming and memories of the Appalachians  still fresh in my mind..

The weather forecast was for heavy rain and hail so I was keeping an eye on the sky. Pete was on a bike ride and quickly rode up behind me.. ” Riding the Trans Am? I Rode it in 2012″. Yea. A fellow biker. Pete is from Chicago and visiting Farmington.  “You staying at the Hostel?”. It was early but the weather was starting to get dicey. Pete rode with me to Farmington’s Old Jail. Al’s Place 76 Bikers Hostel. I called for the code to get in and The place was decked out with everything you could imagine. Nice furniture, bunks for 20, showers, washer and dryer, the whole works. I decided to stay.

It was a short day but I could use a day to catch my breath. I rode to the grocery and could hear the rain hitting the roof of the store. It was coming down in sheets…

It was only a short ride back to the hostel so off in the rain I rode…. Garrett, from Salt Lake who I biked with three days ago and Don from Design Moines was there… Soon John from Colorado showed up… After a month of being alone the dynamics are changing… Who knows who where when but at least there will be some discourse..

I made a salad and pasta meal, shared stories, watched the movie Departed…  (Not that good) and off to bed.

Thank you Wonderful Farmington for creating Al’s Place.

St Marys, MO to Farmington, MO
30 miles