Tuesday, May 24,2016 60.9 miles(98.0 km)
I woke up early (5:30 am) and went down to the nearby convenience store to get some breakfast. When I was there the clerk asked if I was heading out and advised I should wait a little as there was a strong storm coming. I am glad I waited as it was a very strong thunderstorm which lasted about an hour but dropped a considerable amount of rain and was quite windy.
After the storm passed I started the ride. I could see the storms off to the east of me and more out to the west. I was riding through an area with mostly rolling hills on the Ozark highlands with mostly hay fields or pasture lands.
The route also crossed the Big Piney River which was a nice break from the farmland. There were several large turtles just hanging out in a slow part of the river.
Once leaving the river I was back up to more pasture and hay fields. I had not visited this part of the state before and was surprised by the number of farms in the area, not what one pictures when thinking about the Ozarks.
I have seen many things displayed at the end of driveways mostly old agricultural equipment but this is the first time I have seen an old army style jeep.
I also saw this very nice looking old one room schoolhouse.
I had avoided rain all day and it was turning dark as the clouds moved in. I was a couple miles from the next convenience store in Ben Davis, Missouri (not really a town) and I started pedaling as fast as I could and got there just in time as I got inside and the storm hit. I waited that one out for about an hour and was able to finish the final 19 miles to Hartville. I did get rained on while riding to Hartville but it was not a hard rain but hard enough that I put on my rain jacket.
In Hartville they allow camping on the courthouse lawn so I checked in with the sheriff's office on where it is allowed and they said anywhere but suggested I camp at the city park as it had a pavilion I could camp under.
My daughter M.E. drove down to Hartville and we had dinner together at a nice cafe. We both had breakfast for dinner. After dinner she drove me to the city park where I set up. I am glad I decided to stay there as it rained quite hard over night.