Getting on/off a shuttle bus. The drive to Sedalia is about 170 miles, approximately 5.5 hours including rest stops.
In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Checking out of the hotel, we will load our luggage and remaining gear onto the shuttle bus, and depart at 8:30 a.m. for Sedalia, the westernmost point of our journey and starting point for biking. En route, we will stop in Fulton, Missouri, to explore the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College. It was here in 1946 that Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech defining the Cold War. Years later when the college was deciding on an appropriate anniversary memorial, they imported a 17th-century, Christopher Wren designed church from London. Though badly damaged during the World War II blitz of London, it was transported stone by stone to the college campus and rebuilt according to Wren’s original specifications. The Churchill Museum is situated beneath the church and includes sections from the demolished Berlin Wall. A docent will discuss the church and the Berlin Wall. We will then have time to explore the museum independently.
En route to Sedalia at a winery in Holt Summit, we’ll have pre-ordered plated meals with beverage choices of milk, soda, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Moving on to Sedalia, we will check in to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
We will gather in the hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m. and board our bus for dinner at a popular local BBQ restaurant in an authentic 1920s train car. We’ll order plated meals from a select menu with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
At the restaurant, we’ll meet other program staff and discuss the schedule for tomorrow. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.