Did we mention Atchison, KS gets the top rating for the hilliest town we have come across? We conquered a few more hills on the way out of town. We headed north on HWY 7 which also gets top billing for most dangerous road – narrow, no shoulder, and additional traffic due to bridge closure. It was not long before Gene navigated us to a back road…a road that turned out to be quite interesting.
We planned to cross the Missouri River at St. Joseph and time was of the essence as there was talk of levies breaking in this area. We saw the National Guard set up at several schools as we neared the river. My inquisitive guy talked to a few of the people in charge and they assured us the latest check on the levies pointed to “all good”.
I was exited to get to St. Joseph as it was not only a new state but family awaited us. We met Mark and Becky Reinig for dinner and a concert. We had a perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the music and good conversation. (1838 miles)
Believe it or not this is the first morning where rain delayed our start. We rested in our tent and packed up late morning during a break in the weather. Our destination today was Atchison, KS where we couch surfed for the second time. We were fortunate to time our hours on the bike right as we did not hit rain until we pedaled into Atchison.
Our host Kyle along with his brother Derek and parents Marsha and Ron gave us a warm welcome. We enjoyed dinner with the entire family and look so forward to the day we are able to pay it forward and open up our home to travelers.
We had thought about crossing the Missouri River at Atchison but found out the area is flooded so we will travel further North to cross into Missouri. (1796 miles).
We woke up next to a fireworks tent which was my least favorite sleeping spot……
sorry no photos to share:( After a quick good-bye to the proprietors we started our day by pedaling through Ft. Riley. It was pretty cool they let us ride through the base.
The heat is not letting up and the humidity is kicking in. We definitely find the humidity a bigger challenge than the dry heat in Western Kansas. Our pedaling must go on and we are extremely thankful for the lemonade stands and community pools. We set up camp in the town of St. Mary’s which was a great stop as we met C.C. and had time to check out Saint Mary’s Academy and College.
The next day we enjoyed Banner Creek Campground near Holton, KS. We pulled into this campground on the lake early which afforded us to really enjoy our site – steaks on the grill and fireworks!
St. Mary’s College was founded in 1848 as an Indian Mission. It was operated by the Jesuit order as a seminary since 1931 and closed in 1968. In 1978 the Society of Saint Pius X purchased the property. They still do the mass in Latin and are very traditional including their dress, a majority of the women and girls wear dresses every day. The current college has no direct ties with the previous Jesuit St. Mary’s College.
Post written by Jenny Charles
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