Happy Father’s Day
Day 17 June 19th Marshfield, MO to Springfield, MO 36 miles – Total Miles – 890
Weather: Sunny, 89 degrees and slight head wind
First we want to wish our fathers and the father figures in our lives a very Happy Father’s Day – Gil Meisner, Paul Flucke and Rod Mackenzie. Thanks for always being there for us!! Also Happy Father’s Day to all the other dads we know.
Today was a short day and an easy ride to Springfield, MO. We slept in a bit later than usual and while eating breakfast the bicyclists from Switzerland – Nina, Christof and Dominic walked in. We enjoyed breakfast with them and then we all hit the road for Springfield. This is their last day on the road and you could tell they were having mixed feelings about being to the end. We remember that feeling on our past two trips – you are glad to have accomplished what you set out to do but at the same time, sad it is over. We enjoyed meeting them and getting to know them.
We arrived in Springfield about 11:30am and went to the Springfield Brewing Company for lunch and a beer – of course. We then bicycled across town to check out the longest pedestrian bridge which crosses 13 railroad tracks. Unfortunately the walkway was closed for safety inspections. Oh well it was cool to see anyway. We then headed to downtown Springfield to check out the public square in the middle of downtown. The square is basically a small park with lots of green space and places to sit and relax. Unfortunately the downtown is really struggling and there was not much else to see or do in downtown. Our next stop was Mother’s Brewery – where we had a beer and then headed over to our Warm Shower stay.
Our Warm Showers host Dale was born and raised in the city. He explained that the downtown has been struggling for many years and they are really trying to revitalize it but it has been tough and the businesses or people just are not coming back. It is a shame to see these downtown areas in the city struggling so much.
Dale was a great host – he made us a delicious dinner, great breakfast and even rode us out of town the next morning. He also is a Massage Therapist and gave Peter a great massage.
Tomorrow we have a long day on the bicycle as we head to Cartage, MO 72 miles away.