July 7, Day 36: Marshfield to Houston, MO (63.5 miles)

We packed up and went over to the fairgrounds first thing in the morning for a shower.

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At the gas station everyone warned us about a storm that was coming in from the west.

We rode on a country road called the 38 most of the way. Hills got steeper as we got into the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Two bridges were out so we followed a detour for about .75 miles until we remembered that the cyclist yesterday said there was a dirt road you could use to get through. We were so glad we realized this because the detour would have taken us over 10 miles out of the way.

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Kind of sketchy crossing the river. No one was around except a guy sleeping under the semi and a guy in a shack.

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Wild flowers and dead armadillos everywhere. We have come to the conclusion that armadillos smell the foulest out of any road kill and there is road kill EVERYWHERE in Missouri.

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Cheap whatever diner food in Hartville hit the spot.

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Most of the hills in Missouri are unmarked, so when we saw this we knew it meant business.

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Success is only 8 miles away

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It started pouring right when we got into town.

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Tuna salad with King’s Hawaiian bread for dinner. This park is plush compared to last night’s. The spigot water was warm so we took a shower in that like hobos. Another cyclist, Chris, is camped here. He has done 3 other cross country tours. When we told him of our plan to go to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park tomorrow he freaked out. “You think you can do 100 miles in the Ozarks?! That is IMPOSSIBLE!” That threw us off a bit but we’ll see.

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