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An action shot!  Amber snuck a photo during Danny’s presentation.

An action shot!  Amber snuck a photo during Danny’s presentation.

We just got back from a trip to California, where Danny defended his PhD at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco.  Amber took a new head shot for Danny after his successful defense.

We just got back from a trip to California, where Danny defended his PhD at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco.  Amber took a new head shot for Danny after his successful defense.

Last guest post from Danny’s mom:

I couldn’t finish my guest blogging without noting that the first time we visited Rocheport, MO we stayed at Amber House.  Of course I picked it because of the name!  It was a lovely place to stay, but it was booked full when we started this trip.  I can’t believe such a tiny town has such great accommodations.

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

One mile from the end of the 2 day, 50 mile bike ride, we came upon a trail that would take us up to the top of the bluffs, for food and beverages!  Kathy hesitated, big time, but Maurice was persistent.  I swear it was the longest .3 mile, mostly straight up!  But the treats and wine and view were worth it.  Obviously only had 1 glass each.  We still had to hike down to our bikes and pedal the last mile!

Guest post from Danny’s mom:





Close to our return to Rocheport, MO on day 2 of biking, we find a shady bench with a view of a tugboat pushing a barge along the Missouri River.


 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Close to our return to Rocheport, MO on day 2 of biking, we find a shady bench with a view of a tugboat pushing a barge along the Missouri River.
 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

The Missouri state champion burr oak tree (left) stands in a field near McBaine, MO.

For more than 250 years, it has stood resilient and weathered mighty floods and sweltering droughts. During the big flood of 1993 it was in 9 feet of water for 6 weeks. 
I think Danny and Amber’s Burr Oak in Decorah, IA (right) was just as impressive!

Editor’s note: the one in IA is actually more impressive.

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Kathy rests on her thinking rock along the Muddy Missouri, as she thinks about how many more miles her legs have left!  She also contemplates what Lewis and Clark thought when they camped here!

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Barn Swallows were zooming all along the bluffs south east of Rocheport.  They zoomed like bats across the landscape and found their nest with incredible speed and agility.

Guest post from Danny’s mom:





Kathy shows off the adjustment to her bike helmet.  The fabric keeps the sun off your neck, is cooling when watered down, and is part of my battle against skin cancers!  Not a fashion statement, but many riders commented on what a good idea it was.


 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Kathy shows off the adjustment to her bike helmet.  The fabric keeps the sun off your neck, is cooling when watered down, and is part of my battle against skin cancers!  Not a fashion statement, but many riders commented on what a good idea it was.
 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

At the School House Bed and Breakfast in Rocheport, MO. Built in 1914, it was a 4-room school for grades 1 through 12 for the river village of historic Rocheport. The elementary level used the school building until 1972.  For the last 26 years it has been a lovely, B & B, catering to cyclists along the Katy Trail.