Today we rode across the Mississippi River Bridge into Missouri by police escort. The escort, arranged by BiketheUSforMS, was a safety measure. All of our team riders met at the Illinois Visitor’s Welcome center before 8:30 a.m. so the police stop all traffic both ways. The MS support vans lead us across and the police followed us across. This was much appreciated by the riders as the bridge is just a two lane bridge. Once across, the team stopped for a group photo in front of the welcome to Missouri sign.
Before beginning today’s ride, the weather did not look good. One forecast was for rain starting at 9:00 a.m. The clouds were heavy and the wind was out of the south at about 10 to 15 mph.
As is turned out, the only rain was a light mist a couple of times during the day and cloud cover. And with he slight wind and cool temperatures, we had a pretty enjoyable day. The ride did give us indications of what we are about to experience as we ride across the Ozarks, but that is a story for tomorrow.
Our second and final rest stop for the day was at the Crown Valley Brewery. It has a very nice food menu as well as a list of adult beverages. Many took part in both or one or the other. This stop was 13 miles from today’s finish so many took a longer than normal stop.
Tonight’s camp is at Al’s Place Bike Hostel. It is a nice place with bunks in a number of rooms. It is first come first serve. At many camp areas we, BiketheUSforMS team, are not the only bike rides staying there. This one, as well as previous night, had 5 other unsupported riders in camp. We get to know each other well. One room was dedicated to the “Early Riser” group which includes all the “Older” riders.
Al’s Place has TWO showers and LAUNDRY facilities. Another nice benefit.