Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day 35 - July 8, 2013 - Eminence, MO to Winona, MO (and Springfield, MO)

Mileage - 12 by bike, 100 or so by car

I woke up feeling like I'd been run over this morning.  It was the same illness that I got early in the trip - sinus pain and congestion, sore throat, and I was exhausted.  We loaded up the bikes to get ready to leave, and I was already worn out and had to sit down on a bench outside the hotel.  This was not going to be a good day...

We did some research, and found that Enterprise would come pick is up about 30 miles away from Eminence.  30 miles of steep rolling hills...sounded miserable to do when sick, but we didn't have many more options!

We started out, and it was pretty hot and humid already.  I was really struggling, and by about 7 miles in, I was having to walk up even the smallest of inclines.  This was going to be a long day.  It took us 2 hours to go the 12 miles to Winona, MO...

That was where we happened to roll by a hardware store that also rented u-hauls...the wheels in our heads started turning, and we stopped in to see how much it would be to rent one to get us to the town that Enterprise would pick us up in.  It was a family owned store, and it just so happened that the daughter of the owners lived out by where we needed to be, and she offered to drop us off, and she drove a pickup so our bikes would fit!  Nice people are so amazing!

So she drove us the last 20 miles of our day, we waited probably 3 hours until Enterprise had someone free who could come pick us up, we filled out paperwork on the rental, and drove a couple of hours to Springfield, MO, where we would pick up our next rental car to drive to Denver.  After some dinner at Mel's favorite place, Chipotle, across the street from the very first Steak and Shake, we requested our complimentary goldfish from the front desk of our hotel, and turned in.

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