Echo Bluff – 11/23/2019

We had a weekend trip planned for Echo Bluff State Park. Echo Bluff is a fairly new state park in Missouri. We were going there to celebrate the Missouri Stream Team’s 30th anniversary. We shared a large cabin with two other couples and had plenty of space!

This is actually a duplex. First floor is one rental. Second and third floor (what we had) is a separate rental.

Danelle had her own activities going on, so the kids and I had plenty of time to hang out together. We did go out for a fantastic group hike!

This overlook was up on top of the bluff looking back on much of the park.

Sonora wanted to pet the wild horses behind her.

The hiking trail had several sections set up for mountain bikers to test their skills. Corvin and I looked longingly thinking about taking our unicycles over this, but both know deep down that we’re not quite skilled enough for this!

Looking from the second floor at the inside of the main lodge. We played several board games and enjoyed the fire.

On our way home, we stopped by nearby Devil’s Well. Since it was very cold outside, the well felt warm.

Looking down into the well.

A quick family selfie.

After this we headed home.

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Waterfall – 11/17/2019

Having property is nice, but its also a lot of work. If you have improvements, then they have to be maintained. In  our case, we were out there, caulking to keep the rain from rotting everything out.

Ahh, Danelle sitting on the job.

I’m probably in trouble based on the look she is giving me. Probably wondering why I”m taking photos and not working.

I miss my beard when I see photos like this, but I usually second guess myself when I have it.

Sink  was leaking, need to replace a cracked pipe…

Hey look, its Corvin!

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St. Charles Unicycle Ride – 11/16/2019

The MR340 race was moved due to flooding several times this year. Ultimately, it was decided that only 3 boats would start due to the extreme cold. I love this community of paddlers. The finish was going to be this night and only 1 boat was left in the race. I thought I could get there early and get a nice unicycle ride in before waiting for the last and only boat to come across the finish line.

The ride started at the St. Charles boat house. From there, I rode the Katy trail out west. I stopped at Blanchette landing to get some photos of the river.

It was fall, so I had lots of leaves to deal with during the ride.

I heard there was lots of mud due to the flooding, but I didn’t get it till I saw how much mud was scraped to the side of the trail!

Eventually, I caught a road between farm fields. It was large gravel. I was able to ride about 90% of it.

Eventually, I ended up on Route 94 and rode that back most of the way to the boat house. Its not somewhere I would be excited to ride again. A small shoulder and not very flat. It didn’t help that I was quickly getting tired and should have stopped riding about an hour before I did.

Once I got back, I still had to wait about 3 hours for the boat to finish the race, but I considered it a fantastic day and got to hang out with many friends!

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State 24 – Nebraska

1/4/2020

This is the second time we’ve had issues getting a state sign. This one cost us $1.75 in tolls…

When we drove I-29 to get to Nebraska from Kansas, you’re actually traveling in Iowa right until you cross the border on a bridge over the Missouri river. Of course we can’t stop on a interstate bridge as there is nowhere to stop safely. When we left the interstate, there was a sign for a welcome center. I figured there would be a sign there, but it was just a building in downtown. I figured we would have to figure out the sign after our ride. It turned out that we had to take a side state highway going back south on I-29 out of Omaha to cross back into Nebraska. There, we went over a toll bridge just to get the photo above. I asked nicely and only had to pay the toll once since we were just getting a photo and leaving.

For the uni-cycling, we were going along the Missouri river and planning to cross the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge. I found this looking for places to ride and it seemed interesting. It spans 3,000 feet and goes from Nebraska into Iowa.

There is a troll statue under the bridge. Its interesting that the bridge isn’t just a straight run across.

Here we are on top of the bridge. It was a really windy bridge. With the guy-wire system on the bridge, it hummed from the vibrating wires.

This was another cold ride right around 40 F outside. Corvin wore gloves the whole time to stay warm. This was the only pair of gloves we had between the two of us.

After the bridge, we rode around trying to get our time and distance numbers up before we could call it a day and just go home. Corvin found about 100 geese sitting in the grass and was able to run over making all of them fly to the safety of a nearby lake. That made the whole day for him.

Its crazy to note that as of this ride, we have accomplished half of our unicycle goal. 24 of the lower 48 states have been ridden in. With this trip complete, we have averaged 415 miles of driving per state we have visited. More observations to follow.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Stats:
Total Trip Miles:  136.38
Total Moving Time: 26h 24m
Total Elevation Gained: 4070feet
Total Hogan UPD: 13
Total Corvin UPD: 9

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