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Enter the Ozarks


tl;dr: I've left the Katy Trail and am heading south through hilly Missouri.

This part of the Katy Trail has lots of rabbits in the morning. I only stayed on the trail for a 15 miles. Now I'm back on local roads.

It turns out that Missouri is as hilly as Illinois isn't. Once I departed from the relatively flat Katy Trail, I set upon a journey of ups and downs, often long, and often very steep. Many of the roads I traveled on were also big-rock gravel. My average speed took an absolute nose-dive. Then it got hot.

In Versailles I found a China Buffet and ate too much. This particular restaurant is also a pet store, selling guppies and gold fish. Folks would come in and get a to-go order and a dozen guppies. The owners made a big deal about which guppies to bag, voicing a lively distinction between the males and the females.

The hills I started in were covered with cows, but as I moved south I into the Ozarks, pastures gave way to forests. The ups and downs seem to grow more severe. In other parts of the country with hills, it seems like the roads follow the contour of the land. This was probably done to maintain the horses. These guys in Missouri are like, hang the horses. The road seems to aim for the highest elevation of every hill before descending to the lowest point in every valley. Arriving at the top of one of these climbs is as thrilling as it is disheartening, because what goes down must go back up. Sometimes there would be a very long descent, and I'd be surprised that I climbed that high in the first place.

By 5 PM I couldn't bring myself to go down into another big valley. I was wore out. Also, the map indicated I was moving back into populated areas. So I stopped early.

By the time I had my tent set up my legs were covered in pollen and I had tossed away a half-dozen ticks.

Breakfast at Casey's

Pilot Grove

I do some of these

swallows over the Katy Trail

buying Guppies at China Buffet

Lake of the Ozarks

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