The World’s Biggest Chair – Cuba, MO
Day 15 – June 17 Sullivan, MO to St. Robert, MO 73 miles – Total Miles – 786
Weather: Sunny, 89 degrees, nice tailwind
It was a much better day to be on the bicycle today – the humidity is much lower and the temperature dropped into the high 80’s. We were laughing because we thought it was so much cooler today and it still was in the upper 80’s!! Just goes to show what you can get used to.
We got up and going early to beat the heat and we knew we had lots of hills to climb today. The first city we hit was Cuba – the city of murals. They had some amazing murals painted on several buildings along Route 66. See the attached picture of one of the murals.
On the outskirts of Cuba was the World’s Biggest Chair. a video is attached showing that as well. (Thanks to Verizon for the Jet Pack that allows us to upload videos). We see lots of strange things along Route 66, it truly is an interesting place to explore. The people we meet have been great and very intrigued and excited about our trip.
The second half of the trip was pretty much uphill, but the hills were not too bad. We thought they were less steep than the east coast mountains and shorter than the Cascades- west coast.
We made it to St. Roberts by 2:30pm today – it was nice to get in early and have an easier day on the bicycle. Our last day on the bike (to Sullivan) was also about 70 miles but between the head wind and heat – it took us almost 11 hours to get done, today was only 8 hours – yea!!
St. Robert is the home of the Fort Leonard Wood Military Reservation. It is the Fort that Tracy’s dad was stationed at when he was serving in the military. It is a huge facility. The town has lots of services for a community of just over 4,000 people, the military population must positively impact the community and benefit economic development.
Tomorrow we climb again at the start of our day and then head downhill with one more climb at the end of the day to our end point.