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Old 01-20-2012, 04:19 PM   #16
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Eddie, I was thinking of your ride over the weekend. It was decent here. I didn't realize there was that much snow on the other side of the state.
I've seen a couple of eagles in KCK, along the river.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:20 AM   #17
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Eddie, I was thinking of your ride over the weekend. It was decent here. I didn't realize there was that much snow on the other side of the state.
I've seen a couple of eagles in KCK, along the river.
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Ryan, I knew they had snow but no idea they had that much.

Next year you need to join me.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #18
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I would really like to go. I guess I just need to make it a point. Maybe I won't be working all weekends by then.

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Old 01-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #19
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Cool Beans! Descendants of Sacajawea, no kidding?
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #20
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Cool Beans! Descendants of Sacajawea, no kidding?
I like finding that type of history.

I hope to finish the RR tomorrow thanks for checking it out.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:41 AM   #21
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Looks like a great part of the country to visit in the winter. It is pretty and green in the summer but you sure can see a lot more when the leaves fall to the ground. Always wanted to go back to Hannibal area and look around.

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I left Hannibal, MO and the sun was shining with a temperature of about 45. It was going to be a beautiful day.

The high temperature and sun did not mean the roads were clear. All morning long I was in and out of snow.



As I said before, snow was not too bad. But ice would sure make me pucker.



The first waypoint that popped up on my GPSr was for a Church way out in the country. I could not recall why I would have saved it as a waypoint so I headed that way to check it out. I'm so glad I did.



It is St. Peters Catholic Church also know as Brush Creek Church. The present building was build in 1862.

This is also where Father Augustin Tolton was baptized. Father Tolton was born a slave in 1854 and was the first black Roman Catholic Priest in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Tolton



This is the plaque on the Church:



Behind the church was the cemetery.





Of to the east of the cemetery were a number of small wooden crosses. They were not old so I check them out.



Those were the graves of slaves used between 1840 to 1865.

The next waypoint said "monsters" so of I go to see this:





On to a Confederate Monument in the town of Fayette, MO.



The monument is to honor the five Confederate soldiers buried in front of the monument.

While walking in the cemetery I came across this marker:



I had to do some research on that and this is what I found:
Rev. Robinson was shot and killed November 25, 1864. "Edwin Robinson was shot and killed between Fayette and Blasgow by union soldiers commanded by Captain Meredith. Robinson, in company with a Negro, was riding to Rennick to take a North Missouri Railway train to Chillicothe where he planned to move his family. Confronted by the squad of soldiers he identified himself as a Southern Methodist preacher. the Captain commanded his men to "blow his (Robinson’s) brains out." This report was given by a negro who ran to a nearby farm house to secure help for the mortally wounded man. Robinson was one of the Southern Methodist preachers loyal to the Union."
Ref: Frank C. Tucker, The Methodist Church In Missouri 1798-1939, pg. 159. Published 1966.


Note: He was loyal to the Union however he was killed by Union soldiers.

Riding along gravel roads I went around a bend and saw this old cemetery:



I was running a little late so I did not stop to get a closer look. I did mark a waypoint so will make it a point to visit this cemetery sometime in the future.

The temperature reached 70 on Monday making is a wonderful day to get home.

Over the 3.5 days I rode a little over 800 miles in temperatures that ranged from 28 to 70. I was comfortable the entire time especially when the sun was out.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #23
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Looks like a great part of the country to visit in the winter. It is pretty and green in the summer but you sure can see a lot more when the leaves fall to the ground. Always wanted to go back to Hannibal area and look around.

Thanks for the ride - Rick
I enjoy riding in the winter. As you said you get to see into the trees. It is a different world.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #24
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Love the river. Great ride and photos. The link on the Goldenrod led to a another link to an interesting video history. Very nice ride - especially for this time of the year!
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Love the river. Great ride and photos. The link on the Goldenrod led to a another link to an interesting video history. Very nice ride - especially for this time of the year!
I do too! The river seem to have a pull on me that I can't explain. After the Flint Hills of KS, I believe I have ridden along the Mississippi more then any other place. I have ridden the River Road from Memphis to Lake Itasca. Two year ago I rented a cabin on Lake Pepin so i could spend more time exploring the river country in MN and WI. Three years ago I again road the River Road from Quincy, IL to the Twin Cities.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #26
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Great Trip

You had a great trip. Now you owe me a beer.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #27
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You had a great trip. Now you owe me a beer.
Don't I owe you more then one?

When are you going to grow a pair and join me?

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Old 01-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #28
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Thanks for this ride report ajayhawkfan!!!
I always enjoy your ride stories as you have a excellent way of incorporating those interesting tid bits of history into the story.

I will have to ride over to the river this spring and check out the old riverboat. I assume one can ride up to it?

One year the girlfriend and I stayed at Pere Marquette Lodge for the weekend to observe the Bald Eagles. We saw more eagles that weekend than ever before in my life. Seemed like they were everywhere you looked along the river.
Thanks again!!!
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #29
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Thanks for the great ride report. Ill start growing a pair for next year.
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Thanks for this ride report ajayhawkfan!!!
I always enjoy your ride stories as you have a excellent way of incorporating those interesting tid bits of history into the story.

I will have to ride over to the river this spring and check out the old riverboat. I assume one can ride up to it?

One year the girlfriend and I stayed at Pere Marquette Lodge for the weekend to observe the Bald Eagles. We saw more eagles that weekend than ever before in my life. Seemed like they were everywhere you looked along the river.
Thanks again!!!
Roger
Thank you Roger.

When I would travel around with my father he would point out all kinds of history and I hated it. Now I am fascinated by history pointing it out to anyone that will listen.

You can ride right up to the Riverboat. It is on the West Illinois River about a mile north of the Kampsville Ferry. I geotag all my photos. You can see exactly where the boat is here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/albu...0200313745#map

Thanks again for taking the time to read my RR,
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