Friday, May 27, 2016

Day 29 - Ellington, Missouri to Summerville, Missouri

Monday, May 23,2016 47.5 miles(76.4 km)

After a nice night of sleep at the Ellington Route 76 Hostel I had planned to get on the road early as I knew the day was going to be a hilly one but I discovered I had a problem with the mounting of my bike bag that needed to be fixed.  The problem was solved with a 15¢ screw from the auto parts store and about 20 minutes to get it put together right.  

The days ride was a hilly one as expected with 4700 feet of climbing.  There were several hills along the way but two were quite large, one climbing out of the Current River valley and the other climbing out of the Jack Fork River valley.  

The ride was also very beautiful as it traveled through the Ozark National Scenic Riverways which is managed by the National Park Service.

Current River

Jack Fork River

Also along the way I visited Alley Spring and Mill, a very beautiful site to visit.

Alley Spring Mill
Alley Spring

The Ozark highlands allowed for some great view over the rivers and valleys below.

Ozark View

Near the end of the days ride I had climbed to what seemed to be the Ozark plateau where the terrain became more rolling and open farm land.

Navigation for the day was quite simple, get on Hwy 106 go west until it ends, your camping spot is across the road from where it ends.

I spent the night at the Summerville City Park, also staying in the park was a pack of Cub Scouts.  They were good kids and were having a good time.  Their leaders had them all quiet by 9:30 so all was good.

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