Vinita to Bennett Spring SP (MO)

From Vinita it was a quick drive into Missouri (the land of cheap smokes, booze and fireworks if the billboards are to be believed) through Joplin, a town decimated by a tornado in 2011. This was about the point that we noted it was actually tornado season right now.

We also spotted the second of three Springfields we've seen this trip (the first was in Oregon). Springfield MO turned to be a cool little university town and we decided to take a break at Jenny Lincoln Park (located near marker 6 for the Battle of Springfield).

Driving on, we enjoyed noting the quirk of Missouri naming its highways using letters. Taking a brief detour towards Lebanon, we enjoyed the rolling countryside and our first cool night in many days at Bennett Spring SP camping in a hilltop oak forest.

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