Heading into the Ozarks of Missouri

At 4:27 PM EDT, Rick checked into TS31 at Weaubleau, MO.  A good stage average of 12.7 MPH, which lifted his overall average speed to 10.58 MPH.   He has less than 24 hours to cover 253 miles to the Mississippi River to get under the time cut there.  The crew is certainly well aware of this, and will be trying to strike  the right balance between riding and resting.

Today, the crew has been working hard to keep Rick engaged, to help fend off the ‘sleepies’.  Fellow PA Randonneur Andrew Mead has joined in this effort, and he forwarded some of Emily O’Brien’s limericks to the crew.  Here’s a small sample:

There once was a randonneur named Ruiz
Whom saddles sores almost brought to his knees
He had no chamois cream
But his need was extreme
So he used a whole can of Easy-Cheese

There once was a randonneur named Luis
Who for chamois cream once used Easy Cheese
But the preservatives therein
did badly irritate his skin
So he tried to salve his ass with bacon grease.

There once was a randonneur so inclined:
To use three jars of chamois cream combined
You could hear a faint “splat”
Whenever he sat
And he left a big grease stain behind.

Also along these lines, the following question was posed:  If one were to sing “99 Bottles of Beer on the wall” for the entire RAAM, how many bottles of beer would you have to start with?

And thanks to Emily O’Brien, the answer is: 116,640, assuming you sing at a tempo of 108 beats per minute for 288 hours.   116,640 bottles of beer on the wall, 116,640 bottles of beer, you take one down and pass it around, 116,639 bottles of beer on the wall….

Rick is now headed into the Ozarks of Missouri:


Current weather conditions at Weaubleau are overcast at 88F, and a NE wind at 6 … looks like some increasingly hotter weather is headed Rick’s way.

-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA

7 comments to Heading into the Ozarks of Missouri

  • Andrew

    Hmmm, only about 38,000 bottles to go!

  • Bret (BCAAS)

    Sleepies? You can sleep in Annapolis or ~110 hours, whichever comes first. How about some motivational quotes? “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race” ~H.G. Wells. “You never have the wind with you – either it is against you or you’re having a good day” ~Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles. “He was very sickly until he started riding around on that bicycle. Yeah… well… now his body’s fine, but his mind is gone” – Breaking Away movie. “Enough of this Sunday stroll” – American Flyers movie.

  • John Kaiser

    Way to go Rick. Congrats on making it over half way across the country. I know you can make it all the way to Annapolis. Keep your feet in the peddles and hope the wind is always at your back.

  • Naomi Scearce

    Go Rick GO! I’m telling (ok, boring) all my patients with YOU. I’ll have them put it in our local (obvious VERY small town) paper that an amazing athlete (that would be you, if you’re too tired to figure it out) once rode through our town.

  • nissley

    You know that Obamas dog ‘Bo’ is from Missouri?

    Do you know what the difference is between Obama and his dog Bo?

    Bo has papers….

  • Scott Korbich

    Greetings from the Air Products Lunch Bunch! Keep it rolling Rick! You can make it to the Mississippi! The Lunch Ride Executive Committee has agreed to send Melnick, Beuttel, Smith, and Ratzell out to provide some assistance. Beuttel and Smith will serenade you. Remember – the faster you go, the less Beuttel and Smith will sing – so get moving!

  • Chico

    Excellent Job so far TEAM REX – You are doing an “All Folked Up” job!!! It is time for Rick to start singing his repetoire of Folk Fest songs – that should get him over the Mississippi with time to spare.

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