Work took me to Columbia Missouri. This is the home of the University of Missouri and a stopping point halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City off Interstate 70. I’m a member of our departments Crisis Negotiator Team and the state team competition was held in Columbia. We have several newer members on our team so we decided to observe the competition rather than competing. I arrived tired and stayed tired after working a full day, making the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Kansas City then getting up early as the competition started at 7:00 am.
We still managed to get together for diner at a local downtown Columbia restaurant called Flat Branch Pub and Brewing. Our daughter graduated from MOZZOU and that’s how I knew about this restaurant. I suppose Columbia would be worth the stop on your way to our state capital in Jefferson City, located about 30 minutes south. Something I’ve never been able to take the time to do is ride the Katy Bike Trail. Boonville is a small historic town just outside Columbia. Boonville is along the Katy Trail and worth a visit. The trail itself runs along the bluffs of the Missouri River using old rail lines and then shoots off across country. It starts somewhere around St. Louis. Boonville has historical meaning as this is where the real shooting started during the civil war in Missouri. It is a fact that Missouri was the third most fought over state during the war in terms of battles. Only Virginia and Tennessee had more fights than Missouri within their borders.The Missouri Compromise, followed by the deal being broken in the Kansas Nebraska Act, was the fuse that finally lit off warfare around Missouri and Kansas well before states left the union.
There are some old houses in Boonville you can tour and a casino in case you’re not into bike riding or just walking around small towns.
The highlight of my trip turned out to be the hour I spent at Camping World. I was ready to leave for home, tired as heck. I just can’t pass by an RV dealership that I’ve not visited. The night before I searched Camping World’s website and found two trailers I wanted to tour. I was able to work my way through many of the 2016 Montana’s and the Heartland Big Country. I’ll post something about both later. This was my first time to evaluate the Big Country so I may post that separately. I should add I found a lot of minor quality issues with the Montana that were in plain view, so I took some photos. More on that later as well.