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I'm planning a trip to central Texas next spring. I'm mapping out most of the route myself. I've heard a lot of bad stories about Missouri which is a big chunk of the trip (roads,people,ect) I'm sure it can't be any worse than other places...can it?

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I rode thru Missouri last summer on the Trans Am and was nervous like you.  However, we found the people in the state to not only be as pleasant but more so than people in other states.  People routinely waited to pass us on narrow roads and were genuinely friendly.  We had heard things about certain towns where kids would rough up bikers in the City Park, so we opted to sleep in a motel in that town.  Honestly, we found drivers and locals to be more mean-spirited and nasty in our home state of California than Missouri.  The humidity was the toughest part of MO.

If things work out I'd also like to go from my visit in Tx. to see relatives in tucson.I would use part of the southern tier rout at least thru El Paso.Whens the best time of the yearto be making thisleg of the trip?I was thinking of going in sept.  

I biked the TransAm trail in 2002.  You will love Missouri.  My friend and I found the Ozarks to be beautiful.  When we rode through Missiouri we got rained on almost the whole way.  We were wet and cold most of the way.  One day, I broke a spoke going down a hill and it caught my derailure and ruined my whole wheel.  We had an adventure getting it repaired.  A local biker with a pick up truck picked me up and drove me 40 minutes to a bike shop.  We loved Springfield.  If you find bikers in Missouri they are all willing to give you a hand.  We had some good times there.  You will love the hostile in Golden City.  I think it was one of my favorite ones.  There were some great thirft shops there where we found some cheap movies, cheaper that renting them from a local video shop.  We left them at the hostile.  The cabinets were full of food.  The negative things that I remember from this part of the country were the dogs and coal trucks.  It is worse in KY than MO.  We also stayed at local church one day that there was a lot of lighting.  They were so kind to us.  They had a food pantry and let us raid their pantry for dinner.  We had a fest.  The one thing I suggest is if you go while school is in session take a great when school lets out.  The kids like to drive fast during that time and it can be a little nerve racking.  But other than that the people were great.  One guy stopped on a scooter and encouraged us up the long steep hill.  That was the first ime we had anyone encourage us up a long climb.TextText

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I rode through Missouri in 2002.  I had heard all the horror stories.  There are extremely narrow roads sans shoulders,sharp curves, tons of hills,skin scalding, and humidity that would float a ship's anchor.  That said, The people in Missouri, though not as friendly as the people in Kansas, neither were they pains in the . . . . I felt that they gave me as much road room as the situation allowed. I had to hit the ditch a couple of times due to semi's, oncoming traffic and hilltops.  I was never yelled at (well, maybe once) and never flipped off.  There is a real crabby bait shop owner in the Ozarks but I forget his exact location (13 miles east of Johnson Shut-Ins state park).  I would say, expect the best.


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