Starting the season, Part Two

Last Friday afternoon, Jan and I launched from Fellowship Bible Church on FR 205.  We [and others] are thankful that the church allows us use of their lot.  Rush hour traffic had not started so we did not encounter many cars.  The basic route took us east on FR 170 and then south to Rogersville.  A quick break at Hardy’s and we headed west on FR 186 to 205 and then north to the church.  This is a good basic route that can be expanded easily.  The wind was certainly not as strong as the previous evening.

Saturday brought another beauty of a day.  The plan was to ride the Frisco Highline Trail with our daughter, Sarah, in the afternoon.  That left the morning for yard work, etc.  I got the gum balls raked and taken to the recycle center and we did some other stuff that I cannot now remember [I’m not that old, am I?].  An after lunch rest recharged the batteries and we were ready when Sarah showed up.

Ready to go with my Sweetie and Sissy

This was Sarah’s first trip on the trail and we encounter not a single problem.

No climbs today!

Redbuds are starting to come on strongly.

As beautiful as lilacs, but without the scent.

The Tour of Missouri used county Road Z in both the '07 and '08 races.

They also used Westgate as they approached Springfield.

Long before the TOM, the trail was the main RR connection between Springfield and Kansas City.  The first section of the trail opened in 1999 and was financed in part by selling the old rails and ties.

This fence post is really just an old tie.

Some of the old RR signs are still up. This one tells the engineer to blow the whistle because of an upcoming intersection.

If you know what to look for, one can still see the old telephone poles that used to follow the tracks.

This shot merely celebrates Sarah's first soda in about two years....

We finished with about 17 miles and Sarah can now say that she has cycled from Springfield to Willard!!  We were proud to be with her!

Stay happy,


About rlhoover

A perspective on life and cycling in the Ozarks. I started serious cycling in 2008, after seeing my wife be on the bike for a few years. We have biked many places and hope to continue. I am no where near being a real good cyclist, but I have fun trying to improve. Who am I kidding? Me? Improve??
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