We found the road we were looking for and rode east out of town to meet up again with US Hwy 400 where we turned and headed south again. The road had nice wide shoulders like yesterday so we cruised along toward Independence. Highway 400 turned east, but we followed Hwy 75 south to Independence. After 27 miles we arrived in Independence around 8:45 and took a break at McDonald's. We loaded up the bike, stopped at Walmart to stock up on bananas AGAIN, then drove down Hwy 75 a few miles to visit the Little House on the Prairie. This is the location where Laura Ingalls lived as a child and the owners have made a reproduction of the house and brought in a school house & post office to the little museum site. Looking across the landscape, you could imagine wagons coming across the prairie and hills.
After our sight-seeing expedition, we headed back to Independence so Russ could get back on the bike. Independence is a nice town with a great downtown area. We pulled off and parked and were almost ready to head out when we met Cindy. She was walking down the sidewalk and stopped to chat. It's always a blessing to meet such nice people! Russ was back on the bike just after 10:30 turning onto US Hwy 160 East.
As we were driving through Columbus looking for a motel (it is a fairly small town) we saw a dentist's office building that had some cute changing signs..."Smile, it increases your face value" and "Smile, sunshine is good for your teeth".
This morning in our encouragement letter, Psalm 143:8 was quoted in the sweet letter: