Last weekend was the 3rd annual Winter Bald Eagle Ride and I was a group of one! Everyone that gave me a "I'm in" backed out as the date got closer. The excuses were pitiful. They ranged from "My cat might cough up a fur ball this weekend" to "My wife said I can't go". I had one lame but honest excuse, "It is too damn cold". There was one notable exception to the sad excuses, Troy's brother came back from Afghanistan and there was a welcome home party. Troy please thank him for his service from me. Originally I was going to ride from KC to Louisiana or Hannibal, MO, south to Grafton, IL and then to Cuba MO. Staying in those towns. However I had to reverse the order because the day before I left the area north of St. Louis got snow. I only hoped the roads would be cleared by the time I got there. I left around 1:00 on Friday heading toward Cuba, MO for the night. I wanted to get there so I mostly took black top. I left it was 28 degrees but sunny and warmed up to 30. Checking out historic places is always high on my priorities when I ride. On my way to Cuba I stopped at some well preserved War of Northern Aggression trenches. From December 1861 till May 1865 Union troops made camp called "Camp Curtis" at a railroad bridge crossing of the Lamine River. The Union troops dug in almost a mile of trenches 6-8 ft deep to protect the bridge which was still burned three times during their occupancy. That night I stayed at the Wagon Wheel Motor Court in Cuba and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wagon Wheel is along historic Route 66. It has been carefully restored and was a very pleasant place to stay the night.