Post for 14 June 2021
This morning, I said good-bye to my great host, Karoy. He’s a graduate student from Budapest and an active cyclist. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him about bikes, international topics, and sights in St. Louis. I also enjoyed St. Louis much more than I expected. Both of those reminded me of how parting is a sweet sorrow, sweet for having the moment, sorrow from rolling away.
When I cycled out of St. Louis, I changed my route to cycle by the Mural Mile one more time. There’s so much I like about that wall. It’s public art. It changes weekly, even daily. Impressive works stay longer out of respect. The wall is brightening up a tough part of town and more.
I should have taken more pictures while leaving St. Louis proper, but I enjoyed the sights too much to think about pictures. I did take some as I approached the southern suburbs. The buildings showed a gritty old-world charm that I love.
The song for today is Simple Gifts, like pictures on the Mural Mile, new friends in St. Louis, and the lovely modest homes I saw while cycling out of the city.
This sure has been fun tracking your progress! Really enjoying your words and photos. And songs! Please keep the updates coming.
Happy to hear you you’ve been coming along for the ride, in a blogging sort of way. I’ll definitely keep the updates coming.
I assume you know very heavy storm hitting the coast in a day or two and you have prepared accordingly. Nice pix and stories!
Thanks for letting me know about the storm. I hadn’t heard about it since I don’t read the news much when I’m on a long ride. Fortunately, I’m pretty far away, just entered Kentucky.
Ah! Music from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Good choice! That will keep the pedals turning. 🙂
Good to hear you like the choice of Appalachian Spring. I remember your appreciation and recognition of music from the TransAm. One morning back then, I played some of my favorite classical music. During one song you smiled and said, “Elgar, he’s on my playlist too.”