6/2/2016-Thurs.: Good bye Kansas, hello Missouri– or as my lifelong friend, Jim Beirne, who has lived near St. Louis for years reminded me-it sounds like Mizurah!! We spent 7 days in Kansas, the longest in any one state on this crossing. We got lucky with the weather and I’ll be back. I’ll need to bring Denise here for sure, the antique shops alone look amazing and the small towns-many are priceless flashbacks to the past. We crossed the Missouri River which was running fast and muddy from all the recent rain. We stopped at the welcome to Missouri sign and completed our traditional sprinkle of Pacific sand at the base of the sign. I can’t remember if I explained this necessary step to keep the travel “good luck” fairies happy , but no one is missing the sprinkling. You see the worst day in the trip and the recipient of that bad day was Kevin McCauley– who forgot his sand sprinkle as we entered Arizona. 5 flat tires and 3 crashes that day was a serious reminder to us all that there just might be some truth to that sprinkling stuff! Today the oldest member of our group, Russ Dirhl, at 77 yo, is leaving. He rode from Santa Fe to St Joe as the final part of his 3-part crossroads USA trip which he began in 2011. He is a terrific guy from Oregon who let us in on the fact that his granddaughter just won this years the Bachelor episode on ABC TV. Her name is Lauren Bushnell is you want to check it out!! Anyway, as a send off about 1 mile from the hotel we gathered behind him and our support van and like a parade we followed him in to the hotel entrance– a cool send off for a very special and very good cycling guy!! That’s him in the middle of the group shot and there’s a solo of him also– fit guy!!