Hills and More Hills

Dale - Warm Shower host and Peter

Dale – Warm Shower host and Peter

Route 66 Park in Springfield, MO

Route 66 Park in Springfield, MO

Tracy and Dale - Warm Shower host

Tracy and Dale – Warm Shower host

Peter and two other cross country cyclists

Peter and two other cross country cyclists

Day 18 – June 20th – Springfield, MO to Cartage, MO – 88 miles – Total Miles – 978
Weather: Sunny, 95 degrees, slight headwind

After a great breakfast with our Warm Showers host, Dale. We all headed off on our bikes. Dale rode with us the first 30 miles to the town of Halltown. It was nice to have our host lead us out of town and also take us to the Springfield Route 66 Park. It was pretty cool and we were glad to get a chance to see it.

After Dale headed back to Springfield we continued on trip to Cartage. The trip was good but the hills were tough near the town of Madison. Luckily there was a restaurant in Madison where we were able to get something to drink to help us on the rest of the ride. Our map said you would not find anything to eat or drink until you got to Cartage – 50 miles away. We were pleasantly surprised when we found the restaurant.

Thank goodness the last half of the ride was pretty flat with a slight downhill. We were cruising along and looking for somewhere to stop in the shade to put on some sunscreen. We saw a old building on the side of the road and noticed a couple of bicycles leaning against the building and two young men taking a nap in the chairs on the deck of the building – I think we woke them up – oops!! They were also riding Route 66 and taking a break. One young man was from Ohio(Tyler) and the other young man was from China, they had met along the route and decided to travel together to Santa Monica. Hopefully we will run into them again.

After a long, hot day we finally got to Cartage, MO and bicycled down their historic roads to see the amazing homes. Many are on the National Historic Register and some dated as far back as 1888. We will need to ride back thru the area tomorrow and will get a chance to see them again – YEA!!

 

About 2016 WE BIKE, etc. Bicycle Adventures- Route 66

President and Founder of WE BIKE, etc., husband, father, son, friend, former law enforcement officer and outdoor enthusiast!

3 responses to “Hills and More Hills”

  1. Mom says :

    So glad there is good company to be found on Old Route 66.

  2. Keith Puro says :

    We’ve loved following the trip, glad we had a chance to join you for part of it! I’m interested to see if the craft brewing craze has made its way to Oklahoma.

    • 2016 WE BIKE, etc. Bicycle Adventures- Route 66 says :

      Keith: Nice to hear from you. The craft brewing craze has definitely hit Oklahoma. We found two in Tulsa – although we did not get to either one – both closed on the days we were there. There are also a couple in Oklahoma City we hope to hit. Hope you have been able to get out on some more rides. Say hi to your family and Rod and his family.

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