It was 76 degrees F under partly cloudy skies this morning at 7 as I departed for St. Joseph via the KRT.
Had to start later than I would have preferred because the Geschenk cafe, which I’ve wanted to try, doesn’t open till 8 am on Saturdays.
Rode pretty much directly to the straight-line KRT, soon amid expanses of soybeans and especially corn. Noticed two kinds of corn smells: one of Fritos (not Tostitos or Doritos) corn chips, the other like the pot of water left after boiling sweet corn.
Along the trail were some native prairie plants (spiderwort, yellow coneflower, false sunflower, Monarda) but the landscape belonged to exotics, like mullein
But had to admit I liked their floral presence. It was a way of accepting what I couldn’t change (would that they all were natives!) at that moment, and was rewarded with joy.
Dickcissels on utility lines and in shrubs sang all along the way.
Saw at least one monarch and quite a few black butterflies with yellow near the bottom edge.
The temperature was starting to climb.
Crossed the bridge over the Salt Fork,
stopping to observe the flotsam and jetsam collected on its north side.
and rode into St. Joe, to the Geschenk cafe.
Which I just noticed was in a Masonic Temple.
Had a great Florentine egg wrap and cafe latte and worked on the blog at Geschenk. Sat close to the front window, and the atmosphere was very pleasant, except maybe for the TV playing instead of music. The young barista was very pleasant and I thought it would be nice to bring a family member or friend here.
Also wrote a quick letter that I mailed from the St. Joseph post office and then headed westward into the now-high, unimpeded sun. Did wish it were earlier.
Tried not to lengthen the trip (felt hot and tired) by stopping but did get drawn to the white (exotic) morning glories.
The glaring sun and heat made the ride a little less pleasant than earlier, but tried to allow this measured discomfort and to imagine it as any situation in life that didn’t feel especially good but where there was nothing to do but endure it.
Overall I enjoyed this latest ride on the KRT and my visit to Geschenk in St Joseph.