Hills and More Hills
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!!