The plan was simple, go to the Berryman Loop, which is a 24 mile multi-use trail in central Missouri and take 3 days to do it. 10 miles, 10 miles, 4 miles (out early Sunday morning) the temps were suppose to be in the low 60's in the day and mid 40's at night. This would be another good warm up for the TGO challenge coming in May. Eric and Bob were going to drive over on Thursday and I would meet them at the trail head on Friday morning as I needed to get back from being at work in Chicago this week, and we would hit the trail by 9 am.
The forecast wasn't quite accurate for today. It had rained the previous night and the temperature when I arrived was a wet and cold 38 degrees
Spring is starting to uncover in Missouri and the trailside had some early signs of green
Eric (above) and Bob (below) moving over some water and down the trail
The day brightened by late afternoon, but remained chilly all day.
the evening sky went all fire red just before sunset
The temperature was rising today and it was a very nice day even as we woke up temps were in the 40's and rising.
with the rising temperatures the trail thaws out and you can really see the damage done by horses when the use a wet trail.
interesting rock outcroppings
The sun was bright and the temperatures got into the 70's a great day for walking
Bob and I reached Beecher Springs (a natural spring) where we sat down to wait for Eric. Eric was using new boots for this hike in anticipation of using them next week on his 185 mile attempt of a thru of the Ozark Highland Trail
Several runners and bikers passed us as we waited about an hour for Eric, but it was a great day to lay in the sun and just relax. Something I never do
The 1.5 miles from Beecher Spring to the Forest Road had some more nice scenery today.
(above) Off I go on another "rescue" mission 4.5 miles to go to the parking lot and I left at exactly 2 pm.
Couldn't help striking a pose after getting back to the truck and getting about 2 liters of water
The road to go get the boys was really only about 2 miles so I was to them before 4 pm (less than 2 hours for the whole loop.)
Back to the parking lot (above) which today was full of cars and then off to Boo's Market in Potosi for a post hike burger and rootbeers. ( thanks Eric)
Thanks guys for another great time in the woods.