Friday’s wind gave way to Saturday’s relative calm.
What to do on a rainless Saturday?
- Work the garden
- Mow the lawn
- Straighten up the garage or shed
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 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.
Paint was not the only thing to smell. The honeysuckle was out in force. We loved it.
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 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!