Adam Benton grew up in Springfield and later moved away. But, like a lot of people, he’s always felt a pull to his hometown. Kansas City is full of southwest Missouri natives, and many of them make the three-hour trek to visit Springfield, but Benton decided to do it his own way. He’d take the slow way—instead making his trek a three-day one on his bike. He shared with us what he learned along the way.
417 Magazine: Give me the gist. What did you do and why did you set out to do it?
Adam Benton: I moved to Kansas City about 10 years ago, but anyone from Springfield still considers Springfield their home. Experiencing the outdoors is a way for me to connect with my home and my state in ways that are really important to me. So I decided to do a home-to-home bike ride. Anyone who grew up in Springfield came to Kansas City a ton. It’s the natural embodiment of our second home already.
417: I love riding my bike in the country as well, and it’s a totally different way to experience a destination.
A.B.: It slows things down in a way to experience them that you don’t get going 70 miles per hour in a car.
417: How many miles did you go?
A.B.: 181.5 total miles. I broke the ride up into three days. With kids, I had to make them not continuous days. I just had to find time. I would get picked up, then get a ride back to the house, then I’d drive back to the spot.
417: That’s the father way to do it.
A.B.: Yeah it’s the modern-day parent adventurer way. When I told my wife I wanted to do it, she was like, “That’s awesome. What a cool experience it would be. How are you planning on doing this?” She was super inquisitive wondering how I would co-parent and be an adventurer.