My daughters bday is today. My wife Jane and son Jesse are in St Louis to celebrate with her, husband Andrew and son Caden. Yes, I miss them and miss missing this event. This is a big sacrifice for a bike ride. Maybe too big.
The wind was tough and fierce straight out of the southwest while I plodded westward. With the weight I carried and the wind, I could barely average 10 mph. It was about to get worse.