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Union Pacific Steam Engine
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The Blues Slingers at Huntsdale at Katfish Katy's.
Is it work or play?
Let's see, we had to work over Memorial Day weekend. We rode in the Pedaler's Jamboree on Saturday. Yes, a grueling 30 miles between Columbia and Boonville for the sake of a future story, through the New Franklin bottoms, and going uphill. Indeed, there is a slight 2% upgrade along the trail. At least along parts. Oh sure, we played at all the rest stops, and listened to the music: The Blues Slingers at Katfish Katy's at Huntsdale, the Bait Shop Boys at Rocheport, and Decadent Nation at New Franklin. Then when we got to Boonville, there was Artie's Unavibe, Ha Ha Tonka (outstanding!), and the headliner Ozark Mountain Daredevils. It was cloudy, and sprinkled a little, but what a perfect day. Three of us who write for or work at the magazine rode, and every time we turned around, there was Missouri Life's favorite photographer, Notley Hawkins, always ahead of us, always taking pictures.
And then on Tuesday, when we came back to work, we were doing orientation for a new employee, Whitney Eicherl, who will work in marketing from her home office in Kansas City. She had come here to our Boonville headquarters. I'm sure she thought we were going to starve her when we didn't take her to lunch at noon. Instead, about 12:30, we marched her down a hill with a few more of us down to the railroad tracks, where we awaited and then were thrilled by Union Pacific's steam locomotive, which paused here for about 10 minutes. We were amazed to stand beside the engine, see the smoke billowing up from the engine, the fire you could see through the side, the hot water dripping onto the tracks, and the giant wheels. We could feel the heat, and the whistle almost gave us chills. (You can still see this train in St. Louis on Friday.) We were, of course, taking pictures, and we did take Whitney to lunch after it left.
It's a tough job. Really, it is. Just ask us on deadline.