Wednesday August 5
It never rained again last night but the thunder continued to rumble all night long. We were awake and packing by 7 and were on the road by 8. Pretty good for us. The humidity must have been approaching 100 % as everything was obscured with a haze from all of the rain of the previous 24 hours. We didn’t let this deter us as we pedaled away from the county line bar and grill. The cloud cover began to burn away and by 9:30 it was a partly cloudy hot humid day in Missouri. We pedaled through Graniteville and Iron Mountain with only a stop for some bevarages. We hit our destination today before noon! A measly 27 miles. Farmington Missouri is the largest city in Missouri that we will encounter with over 13000 inhabitants. We stopped at McDonalds for a snack before pedaling into town.
Our sleeping arrangements for tonight have been solidified and are most unusual. We had heard about stopping at the Fire Station to camp so we headed there directly. Once we arrived, we were greeted by the chief who was falling over himself in an attempt to make us comfortable. We were guided through the fire station and met all the firemen present before he showed us where we got to sleep. We are now situated in the Emergency Mobile Command Center for the city of Farmington. This air conditioned bus is equipped with all kinds of high tech gadgetry for communications and is intended to handle emergency situations like nuclear wars and floods. It has been used 3 times since it arrived here over a year ago. There are 2 small TV’s that are functional and connected to cable. Lewis has already spent a couple hours watching sponge bob! We have some cots to sleep on if the padded seats aren’t enough. We get to shower inside with the firemen. Hopefully a nuclear bomb wont fall on Farmington tonight or we may just become involved!
Our dinner tonite may be shared with the firefighters or we may get a pizza and hang out in our own air-conditioned Emergency Mobile Command Center. It doesn’t get any cooler than this!