Largest July 4 Parade in Florida-Brandon, Florida

Mariella and I marched with the East Hillsborough County Democrats Club at this huge parade in Brandon. We were forming up in the parking lot and Gwen Graham was marching in the parade, as well. See featured image. The Dems has a trolley car. 

A few pics of the sights and sounds. 

The candidate. 

The banner and crew. 

It was a great time and a lot of people got to meet a lot of candidates. 

Peace out. Namaste Tres

Big Bam-Cuba to Eureka-61 miles

It was the last day of the trip and we had 2680 of elevation. It was a great evening of Missouri Hicks BBQ and a great all female progressive rock band. 

The day was very overcast and it was a concern that it was really going to pour. 

We had breakfast at 18 miles and did not look back. My C2C friends were great all week. I will be back. My hosts, Rich and Chrysa, were so unbelievably generous. Peace out Namaste Tres

Big Bam-Waynesville to Cuba-57 miles. 

We headed out just before six. It was a big climb out of Waynesville and he did 2650 feet or so. The wing is slowly getting better and my C2C friends have been great. We went past Big Piney and Little Piney River. There’s was a bad bike accident on a downhill into Big Piney. C2C fellow rider and RN, Julie Wilmering was on the scene first and really did a fantastic job of managing a very confused head injured bicycle rider before EMS came. I arrived and the FD arrived 5 minutes later with an ambulance coming. She was incredible. Big Chapeau, Julie. The scenery is outstanding.

On to Newburg, Rolla, Fanning and Cuba. 

The C2C gang last night. 

Finish in Eureka tomorrow. Peace out Namaste Tres

Big Bam-Lebanon to Waynesville-45 miles

I was up and ready as I could be for the 2500 feet of climbing through the “Heart of the Ozarks”. The wing was some better and I could not sit a second day and away I slowly went. 

Had breakfast at mile 28. Into Waynesville. Pretty place. Will rest and take the days as they come. Peace out. Namaste Tres

Big Bam-Willard to Lebanon-71 miles

I awoke a couple of times in the night and the side of my left chest was pretty sore. I worked out getting a ride with the support staff of the trailer we were in. It was good fortune. I felt it was better than hurting it more. 

My friends were great. Will ride tomorrow. Peace out Namaste Tres

BIG Bam-Joplin to Williard 86 miles

We left at 5:30 am to beat the heat. At mile 2, I hit a WC cut in the curb and fell on my left elbow and had a sore left side It was a tough way to start the week. At this sign. 

It was a beautiful start to the ride and into Carthage for breakfast  

Carthage courthouse. 

The rolling landscape of SW Missouri is beautiful. 

The town of Red Hook


My last stop. I came in at 65.6 miles. 

See how it goes tomorrow. Namaste Tres

Shuttle to Big Bam, Eureka, Mo

Met my C2C buddy, Amy Russell, at the shuttle and away we went. It was easy and professional. Put the bike in this thing. 

Living in this AC trailer for the week. SWEET. Pigs in a blanket. That be me. 

Checked in and met all my C2C people. Did I say it was hot. O dark thirty roll out. 

More tomorrow. Namaste Tres. 

Hotel Lorraine, South Main St and on to Eureka, Missouri

Another good night. Beale in all its wrestling glory. Some type of reality show with a wrestling ring in front of the restaurant bar of hall of fame wrestler “King” Jerry Lauder. It was a scene. 

This guy was a trip. 

BB King’s catfish and if all things a house band playing Elvis Presley. Muddy Waters was rolling over in his grave. Another great breakfast and down to the Hotel Lorraine. 

I went up and down south Main St. 

Tip of the hat to my indy book selling sisters. 

Got away to Missouri and stopped in St. Genevieve. A historic French Quebec settlement. 

At Casa Niewald in St. Louis and it is sweet. Shuttle tomorrow to start of Big Bam. Peace out Namaste Tres