I really love Missouri! The weather today was almost perfect: partly cloudy, 80-85 degrees, and significantly less humid. Still hot but it felt so much cooler than yesterday! I actually got goosebumps on a few of the downhills.
Seth and I left together for our 63 miles, and we climbed right out of town. We were told that the climbs today wouldn't be nearly what they were yesterday, and surprisingly it proved true. Up and down, up and down again through rolling forests and farmland. We've been told by other cyclists about the dogs that chase bikers in Kentucky, but we've had our share here in Missouri. We haven't had to use the pepper spray yet but we had probably a dozen dogs run at us today. I hope Kentucky isn't any worse!
We stopped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park with Josh and Claudia and went down to the river. It was a gorgeous setting with boulders throughout the river, but I had been in a good groove and was dreading the remaining 35 miles after having stopped for an extended time. The river was almost a mile ride and a 1/4 mile walk off route so we didn't stay long, although Josh and Claudia stayed behind to go swimming.
It was mid afternoon and we hadn't had lunch yet so Seth and I were starving! We did about 15 more miles and coasted downhill to Pilot Knob, and we saw the golden arches in the distance. I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a McDonald's! It was delicious and Josh and Claudia caught up to us just as we were leaving town.
We arrived in Farmington right at 6 and made our way to Al's Place hostel to meet up with George and Mick. It is a full house here tonight with another couple riding east and three guys heading west. Hopefully I will get a good night's sleep as tomorrow is 83 miles!