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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Katy trail, day -1

Tomorrow we drive down to Clinton, MO to bike the Katy Trail, the longest rail-to-trail in the United States, at 235 miles.  We’ll bike it in 5 days, which is leisurely.  That’s good, because I’m not in nearly the shape I was before the US trip last year.

I left work today and forgot my work laptop on my desk. I had to call security to put it away safely.  I’ve never done that before, and it’s easy to think at some unconscious level I intended to leave it.  I’ll still have my personal laptop and the Blackberry, but can’t do any heavy level work that requires VPN access, which is just as well.

I’m going with Team Junge, which is Mark, Roxanne and Shar Junge and some other friends. Most of them did RAGBRAI across Iowa last year while I was on the US trip.

I didn’t ride to work today; raining all day with thunderstorms when I left in the morning. Would have been nice to get a few more miles in, but that wasn’t to be. I plan on hitting the stationary bike for a while this evening, but it’s not the same.

Packing for a week isn’t much different than packing for a cross-country trip, except that I’m not taking any cold-weather gear for Missouri in June.  We’d planned to camp,  but will end up not camping. There will be a sag vehicle, so all-in-all there’s not much roughing it.  

I’m looking forward to the Civil War re-enactment in Booneville on Saturday, and having dinner with my sister Carol next Tuesday in St. Charles.