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July 5, 2017

Greater Liberty Ride for MS

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Steve and Sharon and friends planned and executed this.

Features Ed Chasteen’s favorite small town cafés within easy riding of Liberty.

Café menus and specialties available on the web site for the ride.

Pick up maps at Biscari Brothers Bicycle shop in Liberty.

Pick your route and pair up with others with the same “appetite” for food, distance and degree of difficulty.

Meal vouchers for restaurants.

Hosted “gathering” at Biscari Brothers Bicycle shop at the end of the ride.

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. Share stories and experiences.

All riders are asked to make a donation of $50 to the MS Society. Larger donations would be appreciated. Donation payable at time of registration.

Liberty to Kearney – Sarah’s Table – 30 mile round trip – hilly

Liberty to Excelsior Springs – The Mill Inn – 35 mile round trip – moderately hilly

Liberty to Orrick – Fubbler’s Cove – 42 mile round trip – mostly level

Liberty to Lawson – Catrick’s – 44 mile round trip – moderately hilly

Liberty to Plattsburg – JJ’s – 55 mile round trip – hilly

Combo #1 – Liberty to Excelsior Springs to Lawson to Kearney to Liberty – 60 miles

Combo #2 – Liberty to Orrick to Excelsior Springs to Liberty – 48 miles

Combo #3 – Liberty to Plattsburg to Kearney to Liberty – 65 miles

Century Ride—Liberty to Orrick to Henrietta to Richmond to Rayville to Lawson to Watkins Mill to Kearney to Liberty.

All rides start at Biscari Brothers Bicycle shop in Liberty. SAG support is available on each route. Rest stops at restaurants in each town.

Town                    Restaurant

Excelsior Springs                                Mill Inn

Kearney                                                  Sarah’s Table

Lawson                                                    Catrick’s

Orrick                                                       Fubbler’s Cove

Plattsburg                                                JJ’s

Rayville                                                    Rayville Baking Company

Richmond                                                Joyce’s Family Restaurant

July 4, 2017

Ride to Paradise

January 1, 2006

By Ed Chasteen

For the third year in a row the New Year’s Day temperature in Greater Liberty will reach 62. The average for this day is 38. The record high was 64 in 1897. But the high will come later in the day. We pedal away from the Hanson home on the outskirts of Kearney at 8 AM into an overcast and frigid morning. Steve has laid out a route north on Plattsburg Road to C Highway. Left on C to Highway W. Right on W to Paradise, crossing an arm of Smithville Lake. Then back on W to C. Right on C to Highway 92. Left on 92 about a quarter mile to Highway A. Right on A to 144th. Left on 144th back to Plattsburg Road. Right on Plattsburg Road to 139th. Left on 139th to Scottie Drive. Right on Scottie to the Hanson’s home. Out to Paradise and back. Prelude to the sumptuous breakfast Sharon has for us.

On this first day of 2006, I have driven in my little red HateBusters mobile, with its H8BSTR license plate, to the home of Steve and Sharon Hanson, two of our regular Greater Liberty riders. Steve has laid out our New Year’s Day ride route to Paradise. Sharon will stay home to have breakfast ready when we return. Long ago I came to value symbolism. Today in spades we have it. Sitting on an arm of Smithville Lake, Paradise is a church, a store, a service station and a few houses. A place seldom seen and little noticed. But able in the mind of all who hear its name to conjure a rapturous vision. To come en route to Paradise upon an eagle only magnifies the magnificence of a magical morning.

July 4, 2017

In Celebration of Sharon and Steve Hanson

Monday, July 3, 2017

by Ed Chasteen

For auch a long time and in so prominent a fashion have Sharon and Steve Hanson been leaders in our bicycle lives that even their coming move to California cannot sever the tie. From their place on the beach in Ventura they cannot regularly in person join us as before, but with Skype and in spirit they always will be with us.

For the next few days while they are in person still among us, I will revisit some of those past times and post them on my blog: I invite all of you who read these words to send me your own stories of Sharon and Steve.