Dave’s Perspective: Last night I sat down and figured out what route I would be taking for today and where I would be stopping for the next couple of days. I planned a route that would keep me clear of the interstates. I figured I could get to Springfield today followed by Mansfield and Willow Creek. I set my alarm for 5:00 and called it a night with everything in place.
Shortly after 3:00, I was wide awake with half of my plan changed!! Ten minutes into my ride and the other half changed! With some electrical and water problems at home, I decided to end this year’s journey couple days early. I am just short of Springfield and that’s about where Martie and I had planned to stop.
Then came a detour. The were two ways to go. One labeled for trucks. Of course, it took me right to the interstate. So on I rode. Made good time but it was not what I had planned.
Missouri, so far, is very pretty. They must get lots of rain; all the hills are green. Lots of happy cows here. Off of the freeways, the hills are kind of steep. Both up and down. One after another. No flat land here.
So I am done riding for this part of the trip. It has been different riding solo. Talking to myself is fine but I do miss the company. My thanks to Martie and Cat for getting me this far. I couldn’t have done it without your support and backing. I am already looking to next June when we will get it going again. Stay tuned as we head for .
My total for today was 56.1. My total mileage for Part 2 was 1215.6.
Took a “leaving for the day” picture of Dave for the last time this year. The plan was to reach Springfield today, but after driving 57 miles I was seeing signs for 9 miles to Springfield. Dave is riding well, but 70 or 80 miles to the motel would have been too much. I called him for a decision about where to stop. At 16 miles out he was feeling no pain and very opt