Thursday, April 16, 2015

DMA Charity Ride Day 4

"Lord I was Born a Ramblin' Man"...

Today was Tax Day and our trek from Jefferson City to Boonville, our longest (mileage-wise) leg of the trip.  The weather was cool and overcast, just right for the trip. 

This is a gorgeous stretch of the trail. Wildflowers, Dogwoods, Redbuds, river and bluffs. We did see some people on the trail this leg, mostly morel hunters. No one we encountered claimed any success, but who wants to give away their secret spot?

We crossed under the Interstate 70 bridge headed to Rocheport and got our bikes up the steep trail leading to Les Bourgeois Winery. We had a delicious lunch there with a spectacular view of the Missouri River below us. Our server, Maggie, took excellent care of us; and Kim (our support angel) met us for lunch.

Time was ticking by, and we still had a long way to go; so it was off to Boonville and the completion of a 52-mile day. We met up with a short sprinkle of rain, but actually felt good. Our room at The Hotel Frederick was a large 2-bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms. This was our "pajama party night" as we all piled in.

Lunch & wine at Les Bourgeois.
Going through the train tunnel at Rocheport.
Teasing Norm mercilessly about everything.
Kim meeting us with surprises and goodies in Boonville & staying the night.
A tasty dinner at the hotel restaurant.

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