After breakfast at the hotel “buffet”, we moved our luggage to the front entrance to be loaded in the trailers, and visited with other Road Scholar tour members. The vans carrying us, and the trailers carrying the bicycles and luggage, departed at 8:30 AM, going west towards Sedalia, our bicycle trip starting point.
We stopped about halfway for a brief break,then continued to a relaxing lunch at Canterbury Hill Winery in Holt Summit.
From there, the vans and trailers continued to the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site for a tour.
The 12,000 square foot, 31 room lodge was the summer home of Sedalia attorney John Bothwell, a utilities financier and investor. It’s eclectic architecture was interesting, but not over the top.
Following the tour of the state historic site, we traveled the short distance to Hotel Bothwell for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Hotel Bothwell was built by John Bothwell and opened in 1927 to provide luxury hotel accommodations and amenities to it customers, similar to those found in New York and Chicago.
It was the social and business center of Sedalia.
After checking in, we adjourned to the bar for a meet and greet of the Road Scholar participants and support team. Participants were from every corner of the US, including Alaska, California, Florida, and many from the east coast, as well as one lady from Winnipeg, Canada.
A good dinner followed in the hotel dining room. We adjourned to our room for an early night—tomorrow, we ride.