We actually had a good night sleep at the
Walmart. Interesting note, there has been a Walmart in the town of Salem, MO , MO since 1971… store #46, if I remember correctly. Saw a sign that said they have one employee who has been there for 40 years! I hope she was able to take part in a share purchase plan! Salem
Yesterday morning, we decided to buy Ruth a cheap bicycle at the Walmart. We had been looking for a good quality used one, but we didn’t find anything back in
Now, for that kind of money, the bike is junk and we knew that. But still, you would think the people who put them together in the store would do it half decently. Twice while trying to buy it we had it sent back to make the brakes work and to tighten the handlebars. Then on the third try, the brakes still didn’t work properly and I said if they give me a discount I would do the adjustments myself. But they said they couldn’t sell me a bike that didn’t have working brakes! Well wait a minute, if I didn’t tell them about the brakes, they wouldn’t have known they weren’t working! Too funny.
Anyhow, eventually I gave up on their service and just bought the bike brand new, as is.
And we finally got on the road about 10:30am after all that. Fortunately, we didn’t have far to drive and we arrived at the Round Spring campground at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways well before noon.
They have about 50 tent sites here for $14 a night, but most of them have enough parking that they are suitable for an RV as well. Or, you could pay $17 a night for a concrete pad with water and electric hookup. Besides the host, there is only one other site taken. We don’t need hookups, so we chose a $14 site with
in the sun, but with shade for the picnic table. Sherman
Pretty butterfly we saw on our walk
Ruth and Whiskey by the Current River
There are a lot of underground springs coming from caves.
Whiskey and Kevin on the walking bridge
Playing on the teeter-totter
Ruth, WAY up in the air!
We went for a nice walk, and when we got back I spent an hour adjusting everything on Ruth’s new bike. Everything is working well now, but it really is poor quality. I think she’ll try it out for the next week and if it’s really that bad we’ll take it back to Walmart before we cross into
Did some chicken breast on the Weber for dinner, then went for a walk to the caves. One of the reasons we stopped here was to visit the
but it turns out they are only open for July and August, and closed the rest of the year. Oh well. Round Spring Caves
is really nice though. It’s an underground spring fed river and the water is crystal clear. It goes for 100 miles (160 kms) and is very popular for drifting downriver in a canoe. Some day we will come back here and canoe the whole length and camp beside the river in a tent! Current River
Yesterday's drive, only 31 miles (51 kms)