View from the saddle – April 28,2012

Friday’s wind gave way to Saturday’s relative calm.

What to do on a rainless Saturday?

  1. Work the garden
  2. Mow the lawn
  3. Straighten up the garage or shed
  4. Ride

Such a list.


Faced with these choices we picked going to Strafford instead of doing the short route of the Tour de Cox.  The Greene County Master Gardener’s Plant Sale was a major factor to consider.  The TdC returned to Springfield through Nathaniel Greene Park, where the sale was being held. This annual event is always well attended; the park would have been crowded.  Strafford got the nod.

We cut through secondary side streets

The Old Wire Road has a two mile section that was part of the original Trail of Tears from the early 1800s

The fields were full of green

Some fields had contented cows. They paid us no mind.

We took a break at the Strafford Branch of the Greene County Library System. Clean restrooms cannot be beat.

We noticed signs up announcing the Strafford Route 66 Days for next weekend.  They should have good BBQ.

A negligible headwind greeted us as we turned south for the route out of town.

The day was perfect with clouds and cool temps

Along with fields of green, the fence rows were full of flowering bushes like this one. We could not ID it. Anyone know what it is?

This land owner had a new fence. We could still smell the paint.

Paint was not the only thing to smell.  The honeysuckle was out in force.  We loved it.

Walnut trees, ready for the mill. These were along the Old Wire Road.

We have been to Strafford many times, but it is never the same.  Different birds.  Different flowers.  Different views of the same field.  Different smells.  All wonderful.

The rest of the ride was uneventful (our family sighs in relief) until we passed Bingham Elementary.  A number of people were on the ¼ mile track, riding, skating, and walking.

After I took the photos, Clinton Finn and Joe Gawel came over and told us what was up. The Royal Ambassadors and Girls In Action of Glenstone Baptist Church had teamed up with Bingham Ele. to hold a Hike/Bike-a-thon for Missouri Disaster Relief.  They were close to the end of the ride/hike and ready for lunch.  Afterward, a raffle would give away some bikes donated by Academy Sports and helmets provided by local attorney Aaron Sachs.


Clinton Finn of Glendale Baptist Church

Clinton and Joe invited us to lunch, but Jan and I had a few more miles to put in before we ended our own ride.  We thanked them and headed toward home.  We were really glad that we had decided to do an extra loop by the school.  We are proud and glad to have Glendale Baptist and Bingham Elementary in our community.  A tip of the chapeau to ’em!

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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5 Responses to View from the saddle – April 28,2012

  1. tootlepedal says:

    It sounds like a very good day out. I hope you are not neglecting your lawn though.

  2. Bill Lambert says:

    Looks like a wild rose of some type. Were there thorns?

    • rlhoover says:

      Bill, I never got close enough to see. This can be a good thing in that I stayed on the road while moving and when I took the pic, the thorn question did not occur to me. I will be more observant in the future.

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