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Barbed Wire and Mansions


tl;dr: I ate with Kiwanis, biked the Frisco Highline Trail, and visited Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

It's noisy under the bridge. All night long were the sounds of clicker frogs and wheezer owls and raccoons and dogs and a trio of who-cooks-for-you owls.

It's humid here in the morning. By the time I made it to Bolivar, I was all sweaty, even though it's not yet warm out. I was searching for a restaurant and I found a Kiwanis Pancake Fry fundraiser on the square. I decided not to hurt them.

I traveled the Frisco Highline Trail from Bolivar to Springfield. This was a pleasant reprieve from the hills and traffic I have been dealing with.

Look, more turtles. And a semi-albino cardinal that I couldn't get a picture of.

I visited Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. It wasn't super interesting. There is a tour road that loops through the park with designated directions for hikers and bikers that everybody apparently ignores. I didn't peddle the entire loop, but sneeked out on the Old Wire Road, which is restricted to horses and hikers. Also, the Wire Road stops short of reaching the county road I was aiming for, so I had to haul my bike over a fence and up a bank. Maybe I should have finished the loop.

It's still humid. And now it's hot, too.

The country roads I'm on today would be nice if everybody in the county didn't feel the need to be out driving around. What's up with that? There is a constant stream of little yuppie cars and big dually trucks pulling even wider trailers. I suspect some of these folks have never seen a bicycle before, at least not not on TV.

This is the land of barbed wire and mansions. There must be money in cows, because there are some pretty keeping-up-with-the-Jones houses here. I guess that's the reason for the yuppie cars and dually trucks.

I have been having luck with getting water at churches (Baptist). This allows me to not have to beg. I have yet to find any bad water on this trip.

I gave up too early, today, I think. After miles and miles of no viable campsites (because cows), I finally spied a knocked down fence leading into some brush along Possum Trot Road. I went for it. Worse idea ever. You know that barbed wire they loop over fences to keep adventurous folks from climbing lookout towers? They grow that stuff here. I pushed through that with shorts on. I probably should have just gotten back on the road, but instead I found a patch of grass on the opposite side of that brush and waited for it to get dark before setting up my tent.

As I was reading, there scurried a little tick. That seemed bad, but I googled Lyme Disease and discovered I am in a "rare" zone. Good enough. I'll worry about ticks tomorrow. Time to get some sleep.

That's when the thumping started.

breakfast with the Kiwanis

Frisco Highline Trail

lame turkey hunter car


yet another turtle

baby whistle pig

into Springfield

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Ray family home

inside Ray family home

Ray family kitchen 1

inside Ray family home

Backoff's Battery and Wire Road

carve out an intersection

barbed wire Mansion

money in cows

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