Starting Location: Alley Spring, MO
Ending Location: Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park, MO
Lowest Elevation: 561
Highest Elevation: 1184
I won't lie - today was pretty rough. There was a huge thunderstorm in the middle of the night/morning around 3:30 and it continued for a while. I had to put a shirt over my eyes to sleep because it kept looking like someone was turning on and off the lights. I ate breakfast and talked with David and was a little slow to get ready. The sun was already hot by the time I was getting ready so I didn't feel like I needed to rush much.
The hills today were insanely steep and frequent, and the day was very hot and humid. Joop sent me an email last nigh and said that for this part of the trail he got in the back of someone's truck and hitched a ride for 25 miles to Ellington and said it would be easier after that. Every single truck that drove by I hoped might stop to ask me how I was doing, but none did. I rode all the way to Ellington and sweated more than I ever have before.
In Ellington I went to Dollar General to get some food and other items then had some Mexican food for lunch before continuing on for Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. I arrived at the campground at around 4:30, a bit later than I thought I would. I was hoping I would be there much earlier so I could go enjoy the Shut-Ins, but I was too tired from a long day of riding. I climbed up and down over 4,300 feet today.
When I got to the campground I was sent to one of the walk-in camp sites but was able to just ride my bike to it. I got a pretty cool patio thing to camp on! I set up my tent then went to the camp store and got some ice cream to cool myself down then took a shower. After I was cleaned off I returned to camp to make some food, then headed back to the main area to do some laundry and write out this blog.