Day 8 Into Missouri 6-22-18
Other than the crazy amount of rain, today was also a decent day. I started by riding into downtown St. Louis, and wandered around the Arch. I have seen it before (as a kid, mostly), but it never fails to amaze me. The engineering required to make it is difficult to put into words, which is probably why they use formulas! I then "kicked in the door" at KMOV TV channel 4, and asked if they would like to have a quick interview. They agreed, and we had a nice chat.
I then rode down to Busch Stadium, but it was closed, as the Cardinals are out of town. I was bummed, but quickly realized I could have lunch across the street. After waiting out the majority of the rain, I was able to ride for a few miles, before a harder storm came in. I stopped at a bar to wait out the storm, and had some fantastic sweet potato fries. I realize this is off-topic, but sweet potato fries are better than "regular" french fries every time. I will left-handed thumb wrestle anyone who disagrees! One of the servers heard about the ride, and refused to let me pay for my food. Of course I left a nice tip, but these little acts of kindness make me think we are doing something special.
As for the ride itself, it was a relatively "easy" 55 miles, until the last 5 miles. I then had to go up two of the biggest hills of the entire trip. As I huffed and puffed like a madman, I kept thinking about the descent. On the first downhill, I was able to have a top speed of 39.4 mph. Which doesn't seem very fast, until I remember that my tires are only 28mm wide.
55.2 miles today
Total miles 383.2