It was supposed to be a short morning, get the bike serviced then be on the road in the morning. But as things sometimes go... not according to plan...
I had a lovely morning on some of the back roads of Missouri as I went from Ozark to West Plains and onto Poplar Bluff. At one point there was a detour as a result of a bridge that was out because of flooding this spring and I got to ride a road I otherwise wouldn't have.
In West Plains the local Suzuki dealer was unable to fit me in and suggested that I head over to Poplar Bluff (my intended destination in the first place). So, off I went - however by the time I arrived it was too late for them to fit me in so I have to wait until tomorrow morning... then its on to Tellico Plains area where I hope to meet Al Wallace on Friday or Saturday. That will be about 700 KM. A longer day then today... shorter then yesterday!
I am really looking forward to connecting with Al and riding home with him. We keep similar schedules and have ridden together in the past.
I got some wash done today and met some local folks. One chap I met works on a barge that goes up and down the Mississipi. He is quite a character. Full of stories of life on the river! And the accent! I have to work really hard to understand it!!
At the little restaurant where I had supper the waitress had a pretty thick accent too! She was telling me all about the flood this spring. Lake Wappapello flood it banks and washed out a significant road linking the village. Here are a couple of pictures that the directed me to:
As I ate my supper she told me some "good news" stories of how neighbours helped each other out. I will be off to bed early this evening. Last night I stayed up way too late to finish a book that Tom O'Connor had given me, The Crying Tree by an author in Salem, OR. It is a powerful book about the power of vengeance to destroy life and the power of forgiveness to restore life. If you get a chance give it a read!!
...on the Sabbath Road...