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  • DAY 54 – SATURDAY AUGUST 31

    WINFIELD TO ST. CHARLES Roadkill frogs are more frequent now – step aside raccoons and possums. Rain overnight. The pavement was still wet and the skies were overcast as I ran south…

  • DAY 53 – FRIDAY AUGUST 30

    ELSBERRY TO WINFIELD Breakfast at Rachel’s Restaurant with Terrie, Sue, and Larry. This is the first time we’ve seen grits on the menu and had to order some. They were delicious as…

  • DAY 52 – THURSDAY AUGUST 29

    LOUISIANA TO ELSBERRY We had no idea what was in store for us as we set out from Louisiana, Missouri. I mean, I’d seen the itinerary, but only really glanced at it—it was…

  • DAY 51 – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28

    HANNIBAL TO LOUISIANA We ran out of Hannibal, Missouri on Main Street and up the bluff past Lover’s Leap – passing the Hannibal Cannibal 5K and 10K turn-around marks on the way. Rock outcroppings…

  • Gathering a “Relay of Voices” along the Mississippi River

    Victoria Bradford Styrbicki collects stories of the river, from its headwaters to the Gulf. by Jesse Davis for Memphis Magazine Artist, athlete, and cultural producer Victoria Bradford Styrbicki has been thinking about water…

  • DAY 50 – TUESDAY AUGUST 27

    HANNIBAL LAYOVER Our morning started off right. Old dog, young dog, and “kitler” or Elsa (which is her proper name, although disputed in the Richards house)…. Tom and I are soaking up…

  • DAY 49 – MONDAY, AUGUST 26

    QUINCY TO HANNIBAL The road to Hannibal, Missouri wasn’t very friendly for running or biking. Narrow highway, big trucks, rough gravel road at times, and an interstate highway bridge to cross. Despite that, it…

  • DAY 48 – SUNDAY AUGUST 25

    WARSAW TO QUINCY The Quincy, Illinois bike club met us at the Warsaw Brewery. I started our journey toward Quincy on foot, retracing part of yesterday’s route to capture some missing video. The bikers…

  • DAY 47 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

    NAUVOO TO WARSAW We packed up our things and made our way to the Red Front for the launch. Our destination today was Warsaw, Illinois, but first order of business was a…

  • DAY 46 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

    NAUVOO LAYOVER Our hosts don’t drink coffee, but understood that it was an important part of our morning routine. Tom drove into Casey’s and grabbed a couple of large cups. The lady…