MO2NO Picture Post, Day 1

Okay, I promised that I would post with pics of MO2NO afterward, and unexpectedly I find myself with some time on my hands.

Here is the planned route, as shown on Google Earth, no longer making me a target for stalkers:

This plan was surprisingly accurate, although there were some deviations, which I’ll point out later.  On July 13, I got up at 4 AM so I could be on the road by 5, and here I am leaving my front steps in Pocahontas.

Not the best photo, I know, but you can see how reflective I am.  Robin was taking it, and it’s really a miracle you get any kind of result when you ask Robin to do something at 5 AM.

Here’s the bike and trailer, with the full load of gear, at Dutchtown, MO.  The trailer with the gear in it weighed about 55 pounds.  When I had the 3-liter hydration bag and all four water bottles full, my rider, bike, and gear weight approached 250 pounds total.

I tried to get pics of all the county lines as I crossed them, but found many of them were unmarked.  I won’t bore you with the full set, but this was the first, and it has a nice display of the traditional bullet-hole decoration.

The first day I rode more or less due south into the “bootheel” of Missouri, to Dorena, a small town just east of New Madrid.  In Dorena I took the ferry across the Mississippi to Hickman, Kentucky.

From there I rode down to Tiptonville, Tennessee, where I camped on the shore of Reelfoot Lake.  Here I am in my first night’s campsite.

I’ll try to get the next day up tomorrow.  If anyone finds this selection of pictures insufficient, you can see all of them at my Flickr site under the “MO2NO_1″ tag.

4 Responses to “MO2NO Picture Post, Day 1”

  1. K says:

    I hope you’re feeling better.

    Surprises me how straight your line is! Although this may be relative.

  2. Allen says:

    Relative indeed. I think this may be like the fractal nature of coastlines — at each successive magnification, it’s still just as wiggly. However, I did use the online PDF county maps and Google Earth to try to find a more or less direct route. I chose a few points I knew I wanted to be on the route, and then drew straight lines on Google Earth connecting them. Then I looked for roads with low traffic and not too many hills that came as close as possible to those straight lines.

  3. Connie says:

    Great pics but I’d like to correct one thing. Somerville, TN is the seat of FAYETTE County.. Not Lafayette (thats louisiana). Great Shot of Slayden Road too.. thats my road in Moscow near the Mississippi line.

  4. Allen says:

    Thanks. My bad.

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