Decrease and two good crops

Boy!  The temps sure went down for today.  The area had a big rain, but it was to the east of us.  That left the morning open for us to ride the Frisco Highline Trail.  We got ready after I picked the day’s allotment of tomatoes.

Brandywine and Celebrity

Loaded and ready to go.

We left from the Junction Cafe parking lot  in north Willard.  This is as far north as the paved section of the Trail reaches.  We have done this section before and I have written about other rides on the Trail here and here.

Movin’ on crushed limestone

The Highline is a rails to trails project that got started in the 90s.  The unpaved sections have turned into double track.  Some of the vegetation has made its natural advance on the  Trail edges, but for the most part the path free of clutter.

Some parts run by farmland.  This photo shows a particularly open view to the NE.  By now we had started to leave the clouds behind and were in full sun.

For a few miles north of Willard there is a second trail running parallel to the main one.  This addition was built by the mountain bike community.  It looks pretty rough in places what with fallen trees blocking the route, etc.

The mountain bike addition

I don’t think I will be using this section anytime soon.  I do not consider myself skilled enough to try it for long sections and besides that I have a more than regular reaction to poison ivy, of which there is PLENTY.

These red flags mark out future stretches of the mountain bike lane.  I have no idea just how much is ultimately intended to be built.

Horses are allowed on the section we rode and from the evidence of their passing through we could tell they were mounted and not on their own.  Think about it.

Going out we had a slight tailwind.  That and the prevailing shade were making this quite a pleasant outing.

Every once in a while we see these mile markers placed by Ozarks Greenways. According to them, my odometer works well.

When we got to the Walnut Grove Trail head we decided to head to the gas station for a break.

The road we took into town, County Rd. BB, is part of the cross country Trans-America Trail.  While at the station, other cyclists showed up.  A couple of them were searching out new routes for the Tour de Cure.  They had come up north from Republic and were looking for a century route to use on that charity ride.

A scene from Walnut Grove

We returned to the Trail and decided to head north a mile or so.  While doing this we met up with a couple and their four children, two on bikes and two in a  bike trailer.  They were all very friendly, much like everyone else we happened to see this day.

At this time of year, most of the flowering plants have shed their blossoms, except for this Queen Anne’s Lace. This is the plant that gives us beggar lice.

We also happened to see trumpet vine and another purple wild flower, but no pictures to prove my statement.

The only wild life of note were some rabbits, one lizard and these two turkeys.

They were part of a flock of eight or nine. As we and the other couple from the opposite direction approached they scurried off into the brush.

Coming back to our starting point, the head wind was not worth mentioning, therefore you are to ignore this statement.  We ended up with twenty good miles and will add to that tomorrow after morning worship services.

We finished up the day cooking down some apples from our friend John’s front yard.  He has a black Ben Davis tree that we have been invited to pick from anytime.  Thanks, John!

You ought to be here to try this apple sauce. Jan is an excellent cook. Aren’t I blessed!

The ride this morning reminded me a item on my list.

Thinking about the KATY

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 Decrease and two good crops

  1. tootlepedal says:

    These railway cycle tracks are great for a shortish ride but get a bit monotonous. I envy you your tomato crop. It looks good.

  2. Pam and I are going up to the Katy the week of the 23rd. We’re gonna start at Tebbetts and ride to Sedalia over two days, then turn around and go back. It’ll be just shy of 200 miles total, but it’s only about 50 per day. Looking forward to it!

  3. Bill Lambert says:

    Brandywine is my favorite tomato. I am envious of your crop. Even with all the heat we’ve had, we still have a week or so before ours ripen.

    • rlhoover says:

      We had such a mild and early Spring that Jan decided to take a chance and start everything early. Yesterday I picked eight more Brandywines and about a dozen Celebrities. Some years are just no good when it comes to tomatoes, but not this year. Hope all is well with you and the family.

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