July 30th, 2012: Laurel drove us all the way to the Katy Trail, a rails to trails route which crosses most of Missouri. Skip and I decided to ride it instead of sticking to the more southerly TransAm route primarily because it is traffic free (and also Ozark Mountain free).
Locals had told us this hill was tough but compared to the Hoosier Pass at over 11,000 feet, this was a pretty easy climb!
The drought that is all over the news is dreadfully apparent as we ride through the countryside. We saw field after field of burned corn.
We spent 3 days on the Trail. The long boring parts were punctuated by bluffs.