Sunday, July 31, 2011

End Of A Good Week

 Whorled milkweed, a favorite

I am sitting off to the side taking a break and telling stories with a group when I see a kid walking by with two pairs of scissors. All the mom's close by all wondered if his mom knew he had taken these along. They crossed the road and passed out popsicles to passing riders. Last year they had so much fun with this they came to this part of the ride and brought twice as many, a relief in hot weather to many who were quick enough to grab one. The fellow in the big umbrella joined in and he and his wife even shaded me while I shot some photos and discussed their son's hopeful career finding a job in journalism. This is the family spirit many have read that I write about in my stories. They were gone before I could learn any more, my hat is off to these lovely people.


 Over 440 miles!
The Donner Party dipping wheels for the finale to over 440 miles . You start dipping in the Missouri River and end in the Mississippi River. Would you want to be invited to eat with this club?

 One of my favorite clubs-The Marilyn's

Here I sit at home without any cares
It has been a long hard journey
Riding across this beautiful land, hello out there
Now safe and sound out on the prairie.


  1. Bet that you and Lily are happy to return home, Steve. Just wondering which slub you wouold be a member of? Looks like it was a fun event meeting lots of new (and old?) friends.

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! I'm sure you re glad to be home! Last year we went on a 17 day trip to TONS of nat. parks out west. What a wonderful adventure.

    The wins you asked about were for the Co. Fair. I have three pics in the State also. I am holding my breath and crossing my fingers I do as well there.

    Speaking of our local fair. I grabbed some info at our master gardener booth and they had a handout on NATIVE flowers. With names of people that sold it here in IN. I'm going to look at them (since you said to look closer to home)

    Is it hot there? I tell you..its so hot here my milkweed is asking for a drink. Oh, I counted and I have 9 Black Swallowtails in chryslis and 2 monarchs.....woo hoo....Oh oh, and as of yesterday 5 hummers.

  3. Such a summery place! The pics really gave the feeling of the land!

  4. What a great and fun adventure. Love all the prarie flowers. I used to be better at their names. some I recognize and others are unknown to me.

  5. What fun! I can feel the spirit of the even through your pictures!

  6. Did Lucy go with you? :) Glad you made it back safely.

  7. The traditions you find on the prairie are many and various. All of them are great fun.

  8. Glad you made it home safe and sound! It's nice to go but it's always so much more comfortable to be home. Bet your little doggie is happy to be back also. Beautiful pictures! Love that guy with his unicycle!!

  9. What a great week you had. Thanks for the cheer you left over on my blog :)

  10. You've done a good job of documenting your adventure through photos. It really shows the beauty of the prairie and of the people who live along your route. And I got to enjoy it from the comfort of air conditioning. :)

  11. It looks like a lot of fun. It's always fun to see all the people watching when there's an event like this.

  12. As soon as it cools down a bit i really need to jump back on my bike. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

  13. Looks like a lot of fun! I always love people watching and your pictures let me do just that.

  14. Glad you're home safe and sound Steve!
    Looks like a great trip though! Love the photos.
    I'll bet the cyclist enjoyed the icy treats!

  15. Great photo of you and Lucy. Loved all the photos and 440 miles? My hat goes off to anyone who journeys that far on a bike, and my hat gets tipped to the family who helped all the hot riders beat the heat. Welcome home :)

  16. Sounds like you and Lucy had a great journey--and met so many wonderful people. AND--of course you enjoyed all of that delicious food, didn't you?????? ha

    Great pictures....

  17. Great pics as always. Love the "Marilyns". Glad you and Lucy are safe at home again...
    Have never been in Milwaukee, have to go there one of these days. Also want to go to Cincinnati. So you were in Hamburg, hope you make it to my home state of Bavaria one of these days...Have a great week and stay cool. Temps here are still in the 90's.

  18. Hi Steve, I've been enjoying catching up with your blog, especially appreciate your attention to detail and the way you're able to name all the creatures you see and show us here. What kind of dragonfly is that (in the pic above the temp. reading)? I've not seen anything like it before. Beautiful!. Glad to see you're making the most of the summer. Not long now till the seasons' change once again. . . Take care, Claire


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