One Week, Part One

When our son and his family visited Springfield last week, we were able to do some riding together.  Sam had brought his bike, a Giant Defy, and let our LBS check it over.  He got some shoes, clips, and padded shorts for the longer distances that he wants to start doing.  And he finally got a Cateye to quantify his experiences.

Ride No. Two

Tuesday, the 21st, was his 30th birthday and we helped celebrate by doing a 31 mile ride out of James River Assembly of God in Ozark and over to Rogersville and back.

Getting ready to start, we substantially followed the Breast Cancer Foundation Route


Jan and Sam along side of the field of oats on Christian County Rd U. The oats are now being harvested.

Also on County Road U, Jan rescued this wayward turtle.

Approaching Rogersville from the south

I can say this for sure, Momma loved riding with her son.

So did Dad

As the trip odometer hit 30 miles, we stopped and sang Happy Birthday.  We were relieved that we did not need to stop on a hill….

Ride No. Three

The next day, Wednesday, June 22, Sam joined us on our usual Wed. night ride with our friends from Cox Health Care Center.  We left from Fellowship Bible Church.  Our route that night was different than usual; the road south out of Rogersville, VV, had recently been newly chip and sealed.  We had discovered this fact the previous day.

We had a little over a dozen people riding.  This was a new experience for Sam since before this time, Sam had just done road riding with his parents.  I love riding in a group and was glad for Sam to be able to join us.

Pre-ride preparations

Group riding adds a dynamic to the sport

We still had plenty of opportunities to ride just with each other

Our ride leader took us on a loop up north before heading on south to Rogersville.  This plan was frustrated by a train that blocked the RR crossing at FR 253.  This eastbound train was waiting for a westbound one to pass by.  This stationary train could easily have stopped more to the east and not blocked the road, but as it was, we could have easily walked around the trailing engine, and continued to R-ville, but the prevailing consensus was to just turn back and return to the church parking lot by a different route.

As we neared the RR crossing on FR 170, we heard the horn of the coming westbound train.  At this point, I dropped my chain, but was able to coast up to the crossing and then hoof it across with a large margin of safety.

The westbound train

After the ride, we made plans to meet Katie, the grandchildren and Katie’s family at Andy’s for a post-ride frozen yogurt.

Sam shows his opinion of not visiting Andy's....

Sam rides well and easily beat me on a couple of sprints and any climb that presented itself.  But that is the way it should be, the younger son does better than the older father.

We had two more rides before Sam and Katie left for home in Colorado.  Those pictures and comments will come in a later post.

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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