Missouri Adventure Circle Tour

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by ajayhawkfan, May 26, 2019.

  1. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Over the years I have ridden the Trans Wisconsin ADV Trail, the MN route and last month did the Oklahoma Adventure Loop. I didn’t see a Missouri Loop so I decided to create one myself.

    I have traveled to small towns and school districts for over 35 years. During that time I collected waypoints of places I found interesting. I have taken those waypoints and made a route. A friend and I are riding the route this week. You can follow us if interested.

    https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0q1RYech9bgIKqFKFDtDZMdjE7BvI9uVB

    A few iPhone pics so far:

    Prairie State Park (bison on the ridge)

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    Confederate HQ and field hospital battle of Newtonia

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    We were so close so dropped in Arkansas to visit Pea Ridge National Battlefield. Elkhorn Tavern

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    Great roads and old bildings

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    Historic Mills as well ( note the waterwheel, this has a turbine however a previous owner wa asked so many time where is the wheel he made a fake one)

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    More when I can.
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  2. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    The route is about 50/50 blacktop to gravel. The rains had caused a number or workaround and blew out 2 bridges so far. Total route around 2000 miles. The route skips KC, St. Louis, Branson and Springfield. The black top in the Missouri Ozark can be a lot of fun.
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  3. Midnightventure

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    I remember having chicken at Lambert"s and eating the leftovers at Hodgon's Mill in a slight rain at their picnic area. Really tasted good. I heard the mill had closed. Is that true?
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  4. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    It was closed when we got there but I don’t know if it is permanent.
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  5. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Today was a long, hot but good day. Lots of mills, springs and history. Ozark mountains to Mississippi River bottoms back to Ozarks. Lots to see. I think people will like the loop. Some sites along the Loop.

    Falling Spring’s Mill

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    Turner Overshot wheel

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    A little history of George Baker

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    1790 Green Tree Tavern in Ste. Genevieve

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  6. Timps27

    Timps27 Adventurer Supporter

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    Great stuff! I live in St. Charles and just got back from a round trip to Phoenix. Looking for some local stuff to explore, will keep tuned to the thread for your updates!
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  7. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Easy day today. Ste. Genevieve to Hermann. Stopped at Bonne Terre and took the lead mine tour. Very worthwhile.

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    Visited Toussaint Charbonneau grave. He was a guide for Lewis and Clark and husband to Sacagawea.

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  8. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Have fun and a bottle of Norton
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  9. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer Supporter

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    I’m not sure if you are going to follow the river up into NE Missouri. The roads may be closed in places.
    Also, if you go west up in NE MO, one track takes you near “Center MO” a small town near Mark Twain Lake. The section of Palm Trail Rd going over to Johnson Hollow was washed out. They are putting in a new culvert. Lots of brand new deep fluffy gravel. We went through last weekend in a pick up. There are road closed signs at both ends.
    Sorry if this doesn’t apply to your trip. Looking forward to following along the rest of the way. Always enjoy your travels.
    Jeff

    Edit.. I see you are not following the MO trail developed by Seig and others. I doubt you’ll be going through the above mentioned roads. Sorry about that. I left the post up, just in case.
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  10. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I would guess over 50 miles of backtracking because of flooding along the Mississippi River. Lot is great roads.

    I will make the tracks available to all.

    Courthouse in Hermann

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    Fort Buffalo monument. 1811 fort to protect pioneers from Indian attack.

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    Safety third. Life jacket on Mark Twain

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  11. Get_Bent

    Get_Bent Long timer

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    Can confirm that this is a great run you have put together. Even the detours we've take around the floods are ADV worthy.
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  12. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    More detours today. Route was 200 miles we did over 250 and did not complete it because of the flooding.

    Visited the Northernmost Civil War Battlefield West of Mississippi.

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    At The Barnett monument. You should view this and the original location

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  13. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    Would love the tracks when you have them available. Looks fantastic!
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  14. fuhgawee

    fuhgawee Thats a road?

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    Excellent :thumb
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    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    @Get_Bent rode with me until 11 today when we crossed to the west of I35. Some fun and challenging no maintenance roads.

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    I also stopped by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration convent and went into the chapel. It looks like it should be in Europe.

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  16. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    We had a bottle of something but don’t recall.
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  17. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Very nice.
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  18. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Very nice. Has been an idea of mine too, and will follow along.
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  19. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    I'm enjoying this thread. I live in South Korea, but I have family in SE Missouri and I visit every year (I'm originally from East St. Louis). Last year I rented a bike from St. Charles and rode 800 miles around SE Missouri, Southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. I'd really like to visit some of the places you've highlighted on my next visit to the state.
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  20. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    The route is about 50% blacktop. 75% of our time was off blacktop. Total was around 2200 miles but there was a lot of backtracking because of flooding so I'm cleaning up the tracks. The pictures posted were from my iphone. I have lots on my camera that I will share. May do a more complete ride report.
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