Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Harrisonville, MO

Day 66: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Ottawa to Harrisonville: 61 miles

I can think of little else than getting off these roads and onto the next leg of my journey: the Katy Trail, which is going to be flat, and smooth, and without a single car or truck with which to contend. Today's trek was let's-just-get-it-over-with riding.

I pounded out the miles on Missouri Routes 68 and 2 to Harrisonville. The only thing of positive note was that I stopped at the Louisburg Cider Mill for some cider and doughnuts. The cider was actually a cider slush, and was very refreshing in the heat of the day.

The negative note is illustrated in the following photograph, and it was a portent of tomorrow's ride. The shoulder was so soft and thin that it could not support the weight of a semi-trailer.

soft shoulder
I have not encountered very good shoulders in Missouri.

In 1981, Jack had a brother in Peculiar, and we overnighted there. This time, this is as close as I came to Peculiar. Now, being peculiar...that's a different matter.

Having just spent a night in a motel, I thought to stay at a campground. But none was to be had, and a policeman said that the city park was off limits. So off I hied to another motel. It was the wrong one. But that's tomorrow's story.

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