We climbed a total of 2200 feet, and descended about 2000. Most of that was down into and then out of Moon Hollow. At the Moon Hollow road crossing are two barns.
This is an old tobacco drying barn. We figured that out from the narrow vents, and then there was a sign that verified it!
Moon Hollow has its own claim to fame. Lloyd Estel Copas was born here. He was known variously as Cowboy Copas, or the Oklahoma Cowboy. He was the first to record "The Tenessee Waltz," which became an immediate hit in 1948, and has been re-recorded by many artists. His other big hits include "Signed, Sealed and Delivered," and "Alabam." You can hear his recording of Tennessee Waltz.
We honored him by singing Tennessee Waltz a few times. Plus, it was just fun.
Moon Hollow is also the location of this wonderfully painted barn.
At the top of the climb out of the hollow, we left the nature preserve and joined Sunshine Ridge Road. This isn't a flat paved road walk. This is a lovely byway with great views. They might have looked better with sunshine and no snow, but it was all good. Only drawback was that the road was slippery in spots, but we still finished in good time.
We have now entered the Shawnee State Forest. Tomorrow will be all off road!
Miles today: 14.2. Total miles so far: 764.7.
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