Total miles: 47, +/- elevation 3081/3445, Total Miles so far: 1485. Weather: hot and humid high 90. Our luck ran out with the weather. The sun came out and warmed things up. The high temperatures plus the second to the last of the Ozark hills made for a tough day cycling.
Destination today was Ash Grove, Missouri. The city provides a nice bike hostel with everything we needed, air conditioning, showers, kitchen and free use of the community pool that was right next door!The pool was just what we needed after a long, hot day. Shelley, Jens and Mallory joined us at the hostel.
Sign said road was closed but locals advised us that it was passable by bike. We had no problems getting through and enjoyed a few miles of car free riding.
City hall took our picture when we checked in to the hostel.
At our hotel this morning we met another westbound cyclist, Mallory from New York. Like most of the young people we meet she is traveling pretty fast but is going to the same hostel tonight.
When we arrived in town looking for City Hall a woman came out of nowhere offering us directions to city hall (we were standing in front of it) and the hostel. She told us about the delicious offerings at her restaurant across the street. After a swim and a shower we returned for dinner. Dolores and Marc told us stories about cyclists that had passed through over the years.