Stanberry, MO and a Bridge Detour
The sign on the bank said 100 degrees the day the mules and I arrived in Stanberry, MO. The welcome was warmer than that. The route I had in mind from here? Not so hot….
Bridge Out: You Can’t Get there From Here
I came through Stanberry, Missouri with my mules because it was on the way to Rock Port. Rock Port. That’s where I was going to cross the Missouri River from Missouri in to Nebraska. Wednesday morning (today) I headed in to town looking for a cup of coffee. I found what I was looking for in Big 4 Hardware. The coffee that is
While sipping Steve Lockhart’s coffee (he’s the guy that signs the checks at Big 4 Hardware) I learned my plan for crossing the Missouri River in Rock Port wasn’t going to work out. Recent flooding had closed the bridge from Missouri in to Nebraska.
To double check, I called the Rock Port city hall. Sure enough, the lady on the phone verified the bummer news. The bridge from Rock Port, Missouri to Nebraska was out due to flooding. The next closest bridge was 60 miles upstream in Bellevue, Iowa.
Bellevue, Iowa. That’s just south of Omaha, a 60 mile detour from the way I’d originally planned to travel.
So…..from here in Stanberry, instead of heading due West for Rock Port, the mules and I will head North West to Iowa. There we’ll cross in to Nebraska.
Not that I’m in any great hurry. Tomorrow’s the 4th of July. Everyone in Stanberry has been telling me, “you are staying for the fireworks, right?”
Telling me, not asking me.
“Of course!” I tell them. The mules and I are having a great stay here. Folks have been incredibly hospitable. Beside, to split out on the Fourth of July would just seem… unfriendly and unpatriotic.
Thanks for the amazing welcome Stanberry. That river crossing can wait. Let’s shoot off some fireworks!
Here are some photos of the folks in Stanberry that made our visit so enjoyable.
Some More Stanberry Pics
Here are some more photos of Stanberry. I’ll start with some photos of my trip to Stanberry from Trenton, MO, where I spent 2 days resting up the mules. It took 3 days to ride the 60-odd miles from Trenton to Stanberry.
I’ve been in Stanberry 24 hours and I already have almost as many folks to thank for the amazing welcome. Here’s a partial list (with my apologies if I blanked on your name or mis-pelled it. Sucker punch me tomorrow at the 4th of July Parade and I’ll add you to the list). Thanks to:
- Hannah Slaydon and Larry: for the mule water, prime rib sandwich, ice tea and bowl of ice cream. And I’d just entered the city limits…
- Dave Hibbs: for permission to camp at the Jaycess tractor pull strip
- Tom: the mule water, bananas, homemade bottle of elderberry and wild grape wine and chilled Keystone beers
- Eddie: of Big 4 Hardware for the coffee, bug spray, neck cooling wrap and compass. And chilled beers.
- For everyone mowing the grass before the fireworks: cold drinks
- Mary and David: loading up all my gear so we could move it in advance of Thursday’s fireworks
- The folks at the Public Library: for internet access, coffee and the map of Iowa.