Due to the COVID-19 virus and everybody sheltering in place, I was going a bit crazy. I needed something different. I figured motorcycle therapy was the right choice. I would be alone unless I was getting gas and could see something new. The ride was a long one, picking random highways trying to get away while only knowing the general direction I’m headed. Eventually I ended up along the Mississippi river on the Missouri side. I found some cool limestone facilities.
And the view without the sign. I wanted to go in and look around but its private property with a gate. It looked like an amazing place to explore!
And as always, I end up finding water too! Decided not to see how deep it was 🙂
Sometimes you must need to paddle on the river. Today was one of those days. Jo Jo, Mark, and I went out. We got upstream. After a while,we took a detour on Fishpot Creek. The water was high and we were able to paddle back a ways. We stopped to try and identify a very rusty car on the shore.
We never did figure out what type of car it is, but it was fun exploring.
We purchased a giraffe unicycle that is 5 feet high. It got the needed repairs and was ready to ride, but we wanted to wait till Corvin was out of his sports seasons to ensure if he got hurt it didn’t interfere.
You’re unlikely to see video of him solo mounting this unicycle as its significantly harder than a normal unicycle! I have to help him get up. However, once he is up, its easy and he is riding like normal.
We had an early ride planned before a full rest day!
We were riding just outside Raleigh, NC on the Neuse River Trail. It looked interesting on the map with a few bridges that would be fun to cross.
Parking was interesting, not because there was not enough, but because it took two tries to find the entrance to the lot. Once there, we began right away crossing a bridge and riding along the river. I nearly rode over a baby turtle that was not as wide as my tire!
We stopped several times to film and enjoy the river and wetland next to it.
It was refreshing to listen to the water flow by.
After our ride finished, we walked over to check out the sand beach.
You’ll have to wait for the video to come out to see the fun this ride really was as we didn’t take many photos. However, there is more to this state. My good friend Steve’s parents live in Statesville, NC and I tried to pay them a visit. While they were not home, I still commemorated the visit!
We had plans to spend the full next day in North Carolina as an off day. I have wanted to climb Chimney Rock for a long time. I was in the area and this was my chance. Unfortunately, when we got there, a rock slide blocked the parking lot. And due to growing COVID-19 concerns, they didn’t want to shuttle people in there to see it. It’ll have to be another visit!
Corvin’s Journal Entry
Our Strava Entry.
Our map of completed states.
Stats: Total Trip Miles: 185.37 Total Moving Time: 35h 38m Total Elevation Gained: 4742 feet Total Hogan UPD: 15 Total Corvin UPD: 9
Sonora participated in Fortnightly again this year. Its an etiquette class that meets about once a month to teach the kids. The final event was held at the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC). This is close to where Laura lives. She is a member and loves going over there with guests.
We dropped Sonora off and went straight to Laura’s. There we met Josh and his children to hang out for the evening. We had a fantastic time, then went over together and picked up Sonora.