SEA TO SHINING SEA: Rolling across Missouri on Katy Trail

The Katy Trail - for Kansas-Texas Railroad - runs west to east across northern Missouri between Clinton and St. Charles.  The crushed limestone surface is fast and smooth.  We averaged 11.5 today. A former railroad bed, the trail rises and falls gradually, and goes through lots of small towns. BY DENNIS FORNEY
July 6, 2013

DAY 53 - Good air here in Missouri.  A quiet little town along this fine rail trail.  Good steaks at Dino's Bar and Grill.  Man there said the town was named for a grove of trees that served as a guiding landmark for pioneers headed west.

Back in Wyoming we passed a big, distinctive mountain named Pilot Knob. People heading west back in the early 1800s needed these landmarks to help them know they were headed in the right direction.

We made 65 miles today.  It felt good after too many days in hiatus. Our total now is 1,963 miles.  If tomorrow goes as planned, we will cross the 2,000 mark while heading further eastward on this nation's longest rail trail.

KC was good.  We watched the Royals beat Cleveland in a 10-7 comeback victory after falling behind 5-0 in the early innings. After the game we headed down to 18th and Brooklyn for some famous BBQ ribs at Arthur Bryant's. Cafeteria style.  Finger-licking good.

Tomorrow night we hope to be in Jefferson City looking out over the mighty Missouri.  We camped there last in the summer of 1972 on a cross-country road trip after college graduation. City park, just like tonight.  Called the sheriff.  Sheriff said go right ahead and pitch the tent wherever we were comfortable. Sweet attitude.

Time to post some photos, a little Harry Potter, and then dreamland.

Have a nice weekend!

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