Coast to Coast 2022 Adventure Day 26: Parsons, KS to Springfield, MO

Alan Gilbert
3 min readJul 19, 2022

This post is part of a series detailing my 2022 coast to coast cycling adventure.

Today we completed our journey across Kansas and now have a day to rest in Springfield, Missouri.

Day 26 Highlights:

Song of the day: You Can Have It All by Yo La Tengo
Start: Parsons, KS
End: Springfield, MO
Distance: 119.8 miles
Elevation: 4,249 ft.
Breakfast: 4AM hotel potlock (again)
Lunch: Judy’s Truck Stop in Jasper, MO
Dinner: Home cooked dinner and leftovers in our BNB

Progress so far: 2,123.4 miles, 67,745 ft. climbed.

The journey so far, with today’s ride in blue

Here are all of the details on today’s ride:

We had every intention of leaving at 5AM today but Dave and I both had unexpected morning repairs (another flat for Dave and a break lever issue from my bike falling over in the hotel room). We rolled out at 5:40, still before sunrise.

This morning we were treated to a clear sky and full sunrise an hour into our ride

Today’s weather was much friendlier — high of 92 degrees and mixed 5 MPH winds. Kansas, it was fun but I’m not gonna miss you.

Our long journey across the Sunflower State is complete. Hello Show Me state!

Things have gotten greener as we have dropped in elevation and moved into eastern Kansas but the landscape changed dramatically almost the moment we entered Missouri.

Dave (from Utica, NY) and I felt more at home as Missouri greeted us with corn fields and undulating, rolling hills
Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore

With the long 120 mile day, we decided to load up on a good diner breakfast half way through the ride.

We opted for just regular old bacon and eggs at Judy’s Truck Stop in Jasper.

One unexpected surprise was a really nice bike trail in Willard, just west of Springfield, MO.

Frisco Highline Rail Trail in Willard, MO

Now we get to chill and take a rest in our BNB in Springfield.

Dave enjoying coffee and ice cream and me journaling and icing my cranky knee in Springfield