It’s a three-hour, 172 mile, drive from Springfield to the North Trailhead of Bell Mountain Wilderness. Following the example of all my recent trips, it rained most of the way. A short downpour welcomed my arrival at the small, but thankfully empty, North Trailhead road-side parking lot shortly before 1:00 p.m. I sat in the car waiting for the rain to ease off and cleared up a couple of work-related questions while I waited (one of the ‘joys’ of smartphones). The rain stopped, the skies brightened, and it was time to get on my way.
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