Day 20 (Thursday, August 12): Nevada to Warrensburg, MO: Beautiful Day, 100 miles of rolling hills.

After 30 miles the sun will rise

Early morning at Truman Lake outside Kansas City

Today was a beautiful biking day. Since we had upwards of 100 miles to ride, we started at 3:30 a.m., not so bright but early in the morning. Record temperatures were again forecasted today so such an early start was necessary (our bodies were not excited about waking up at 2:45 a.m., but we take the excessive heat warnings seriously). The morning sunrise was absolutely breathtaking as we rode east. We also crossed over Truman Lake, which was stunning, full of wildlife, and we saw young deer running alongside the lake. The rolling hills in Missouri are beautiful, but after the ride today, we had to purchase more Bengay for our sore and tired quads and hamstrings. We worked really hard today on those rollers, and even though they presented us with a challenging day, we had a great sense of accomplishment by the end of it.

Greg riding into Kansas City, MO

The Leaning Notre Dame Club of Kansas City, MO

Tonight we are staying in Warrensburg, Missouri, which is right outside of Kansas City. We met with the Kansas City club at 810-Zone for their monthly business meeting. We had an opportunity to tell the club members about the new partnership with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. Afterwards, they came out to sign the van.

Jeanne and Brian, Notre Dame parents

Following the club meeting, Notre Dame parents Brian and Jeanne took us to Kansas City, Kansas—about 10 miles away from Kansas City, Missouri—and took us out to a Kansas City BBQ called Oklahoma Joe’s. It was awesome! The restaurant was quite unique; the building was shared with a gas station and a convenience store. We pulled up to the parking lot, and we knew it had to be good with the line of customers stretching out the door. The brisket and ribs melted in my mouth. We had the opportunity to visit another state and experience hometown cuisine tonight.

We are off to Columbia, Missouri tomorrow.

Go Irish!

12 Comments so far

  1.    Jeanne Fowlkes on August 13th, 2010

    Glad we could get together last nite, be safe and we hope the heat gets better.
    We think it is awesome what you guys are doing see you soon at soccer games.

    Take Care

    The Fowlkes

  2.    Conrad Rubinkowski on August 13th, 2010

    We are looking forward to having you in Illinois. It should be in the low ’80s by Tuesday.

  3.    Kathleen Cannon on August 13th, 2010

    Way to go, Greg and Renate! I’m praying for a
    break in the heat…as well as for your stamina.

    All the best,
    Sister Kathleen

  4.    Jane Below on August 13th, 2010

    Are your ears burning? You’re all the talk in ND Public Relations today. Keep up the good work and we’ll see you soon 🙂

  5.    CAROLEE on August 13th, 2010




  6.    Gary and Donna Lamberti on August 13th, 2010

    Happy (belated) Anniversary, Greg and Renate! You’ve inspired us to do some 20-mile bike rides around the Bend in the 90 degree weather, but can’t imagine what you are experiencing on a daily basis. Totally awesome. Keep on rolling!

    Gary and Donna

  7.    Lisa Prigohzy-Milius on August 14th, 2010

    Greg –

    Have been following your blog – am so impressed and inspired by the determination that you two are showing … and your ability to have fun throughout. Having lived in Holland, I know that Renate comes by her biking skills as a birthright — you’ve clearly been a good student of the Dutch method! Hup Holland (and Hup Greg and Renate!).


  8.    Catherine De Rue on August 15th, 2010

    Columbia, MO Has a great ND Alumni Club fan base! You will love it. There are wonderful bike trails there and one connects to the Katy Trail all the way to St. Charles, MO. Have fun in Booneville/Columbia, MO!

  9.    Sean Caveny on August 15th, 2010

    I have been enjoying your adventures. I live nearby Carlinville, IL and will look for you on Tuesday and at least say hello. Do you have any idea where you will be or if there is anything going on? I had spoken to a newspaper reporter friend of mine and he seemed interested in having an interview. Good luck to you and God Bless.

    Sean Caveny

  10.    Don Schindler on August 16th, 2010

    I’m so impressed with your ride. It’s an amazing accomplishment.

    I hope you enjoy my home state of Missouri. It’s a beautiful place.

  11.    Kevin Vaughan on August 16th, 2010

    Congrats on your 20th Anniversary!
    I hope you celebrated in some style.
    Looking forward to hearing stories when you get home.