First Day in the Ozarks
Day 13 – June 15 Webster Grove, MO to Sullivan, MO – 71 miles. Total Miles – 713
Weather: Hot, 94 degrees, sunny, 8 – 11 mph headwind
Today was a tough ride, mainly due to the hot weather and hills. We got up early and left Carol’s house by 6:00am to try to beat the heat. At 6:00am it already was 78 degrees – oh well with lots of water on board we began our trip. Carol got up early to make us coffee and see us off – Thanks for everything Carol!
Our trip started in the west suburbs of St Louis on Hwy 100 or Manchester Road. Unfortunately the suburbs didn’t get it right for bicyclists like they did in the City of St Louis where they had a great bicycle lane on Hwy 100 – Chouteau Ave. The ride was alright although a bit challenging due to the heavy traffic and lack of bicycle accommodations – they did have Share the Road signs up which probably help to a certain degree. They at least create an awareness and let the motorist know a bicyclist has a right to be on the road.
After about 20 miles of city riding we got on Historic Route 66 and started to climb the Ozarks. It was beautiful and you could see forever at the top of the climbs. The roads are also lightly traveled which was a nice change. We stopped for lunch in the city of St. Clair at the Lewis Café which had been in business for 72 years. They had great food and the staff was very friendly. Only 15 miles to go to get to Sullivan our ending spot for the night.
Day 14 – June 16 Sullivan, MO to Sullivan, MO – 0 miles. Total Miles – 713
Weather: Hot and humid – 100 degrees
Today was a day off the bicycle and we have been catching up and doing the tourist things. We went to the Meramec Caverns in Stanton, MO today. They were cool – the temperature in the caverns was 60 degrees compared to 100 degrees outside. The caverns were opened to the public in 1933 and it is said that Jesse James and his gang took refuge in the caverns in 1874 after they robbed a train in Gadshill, MO.
As mentioned in the last blog we did an interview with the Edwardsville Intelligencer and the reporter got the story up today – check it out he did a great job – theintelligencer.com
We have been missing our home brewery – Badger State Brewing Company and wish we could pop in for a beer. If you are looking for a place to get a great beer – checkout Badger State Brewery in Green Bay and have one for us!!