Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 84 Florissant Fall Festival

Blue and her roadies Mike and Gregory

Elvis is in the house.

Gregory enjoys the preserved military vehicles and guns.

Mike and Gregory stroll the streets of the festival.

Making a pumpkin for Blue and Craig

Gregory making music with an egg shaker.

Blue and Brian entertain the festival goers at the Florissant Fall Festival.

On The Back Porch with Blue and Craig

Another 1/2 pound burger bites the dust.

Dinner at Cicero's on The Loop in University City

Dorrie's Favorite!

Gregory picking up the frozen custards at the Whistle Stop Departures window with his boarding pass.

Gregory showing Blue and FooFoo his Poptropica game.

Gregory in his new Curious George jersey from Blue.

Date: Oct. 11, 2009

From: Ferguson, Missouri (Northern Suburb of St. Louis)

To: Ferguson, Missouri

Miles Today: 0 miles


Top Speed on this trip: 54.1 mph

Weather: Beautiful sunny day

License Plates Collected: 5 Montana, 8 Wyoming (2 motorcycle) and 1 Idaho (found in WY), 2 Colorado, 1 Kansas (gifted from David of Baldwin City). 1 Missouri (To be sent to Grammy’s by our new buddy, Kansas City firefighter Shawn)

Flats: 7

Broken Spokes: 2

We spent the morning on bike repair and playing catch up. The plan is to get on the road tomorrow. Blue and Craig are also getting ready to leave on their Katy Trail tour on Tuesday so we're having a packing party this evening.

This afternoon we attended the Florissant Fall Festival and had another opportunity to hear Blue play. This time she played with Brian, her friend who came over on Friday night for the practice session. It was so great to just sit in the sun with my little boy on my lap and listen to some great music and watch the people and dogs (tons of dogs!) cruise by. Brian gave Gregory his "Alien Egg" shaker and he got to join in with the music making. He even let him take it home at the end of the day. What a cool guy. We also had the pleasure of meeting Blue's parents who are really nice people.

Before we sat down to enjoy the music of Blue & Brian, we walked up and down the packed streets checking out the vendors. We enjoyed the delicious smells of barbecue and kettle corn and the many sights (Elvis was in the house) and sounds of the festival including a variety of musical groups. They had a group there called the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) and Gregory enjoyed looking at all of the vehicles, guns and ammo. Several booths offered pumpkin decorating and Gregory made a little mini-pumpkin for Craig and Blue. It sat next to Blue during her performance.

After the festival we went to "The Loop" in University City and had a fabulous dinner at Cicero's. Mike, Blue and Craig did a sampling of the many beers they offer on tap. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather, the company and conversation. Home again, home again but not before one last stop at the Whistle Stop for more pumpkin pie concrete frozen custard! It couldn't have been more perfect—as we stepped out of the car the train came by to greet us at this old depot. Blue and Mike tried toffee concrete this time and Blue said the pumpkin was still better. After a taste of Mike's I have to agree. Craig and Gregory opted for a good 'ol thick chocolate shake. I took a sip of Gregory's and it was mighty delicious too.

Well, I better get back to our packing party. We are having fun but I will be sorry to say goodbye tomorrow. We have had such an incredible time here. I know our paths will cross again someday...

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