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    Touring the Ozarks, is it safe for a touring cyclists?

    I'm considering touring in the northern Ozarks, mostly in Missouri between St. Louis and Branson. Has anyone traveled the area? I'm mostly concerned about unsafe motorists on two lane roads.
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    The TransAm crosses the Ozarks in the south of the state, probably crossing your route. There were a couple of real jerks on those roads when I crossed, making it my least favorite state on the trip. Other than those two, it was no worse than cycling anywhere else.

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    I think I hear "Dueling Banjos".

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    Just ride the bike in your icon and you will fit right in. I would stick to the low traffic roads (see the MO Bike Federation maps, they are great) as much as possible. You probably get an above amount of agressive drivers but the riding would be overall the same with the same type of roads and site lines (or lack thereof) as most other places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    The TransAm crosses the Ozarks in the south of the state, probably crossing your route. There were a couple of real jerks on those roads when I crossed, making it my least favorite state on the trip. Other than those two, it was no worse than cycling anywhere else.
    I too rode across the state on the TA, again that is a different part of the state, but... I didn't find it much different than anywhere else. I don't recall any memorably bad drivers there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaJohn View Post
    Just ride the bike in your icon and you will fit right in. I would stick to the low traffic roads (see the MO Bike Federation maps, they are great) as much as possible. You probably get an above amount of agressive drivers but the riding would be overall the same with the same type of roads and site lines (or lack thereof) as most other places.
    Thanks for the recommendation. With the RAAM, Trans Am and the Katy trail crossing the state, Missouri should see enough cycling traffic.

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    We just finished riding from Oregon to South Carolina. Went across Missouri on the Katy, then Mississippi River Trail down to the Dorena-Hickman ferry into Kentucky. It was beautiful, nice people, cycle friendly, prices were right, NO mean drivers, making MO my favorite state. Things can be so much better when you stay out of the Ozarks

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    Fly or pin a decent sized (but still smallish) US flag from your gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vins0010 View Post
    Fly a US flag from your gear.
    And hang a picture of Loretta Lynn on your rear pannier and you're in great shape, oh wait, better save that one until you're in Kentucky. She's their darling!

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    I did have this. Nobody was mean to me all the way across, plenty of approving waves and honks

    http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc...pic_id=1420231

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation. With the RAAM, Trans Am and the Katy trail crossing the state, Missouri should see enough cycling traffic.

    I just don't want to have one of these days;...
    That video is hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamawani View Post
    I think I hear "Dueling Banjos".
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