Calm Before The Storm! Ahead of the storm for the first day, I was awed by the sheer magnitude and power of the storm I would have to ride through the next day. There is self-discovery in riding cross-country by yourself and there is no choice other than: "Keep moving forward!" A brief respite and then it is onward the following morning come rain or shine. In this case, I rode through ALL of Missouri in the rain (more than 5 hours straight); only reaching the promise of sunshine and clear skies when I entered OK!! What does not kill you... definitely makes you stronger!