It was with great anticipation that we made the 215 mile uneventful ride to Ray Behrens COE near Monroe City MO. We were meeting up with our friends Curt & Glenda and going to be traveling together for 3 weeks as we both headed south, they to AZ and us to TX. Things went well until we went to level the 5th wheel, the front jacks went all the way down. Now that in itself isn’t a problem but it twisted the bolt on the JT Strongarm stabilizers, so much so that we had to bring the front up and remove the stabilizer bar on one side. We’ll be getting that taken care of when we get to our place in TX. Our site was really wooded, very sloped downward to the back and had a skinny drive, no satellite signal but our Verizion worked great. If we are ever back to Ray Behrens we’ll get a site in a different loop.Before too long Curt & Glenda pulled into their site across the street from us, let the fun times begin!! Dinner and a fire, catching up and planning for the next few weeks, before we knew it, it was getting late and the mosquitos were getting bad.
Ray Behrens has a short 2.5 mile trail that we walked earlier in the morning before the heat and humidity got too bad. We decided this was the Mushroom and Spiderweb trail.
Glenda suggested a boat ride on the Mississippi River so the next day we headed to Hannibal MS, home of Mark Twain.
Along with the boat ride we spent time walking the downtown area where chocolates and cheese made their way home with us.
Of course Curt and I had to get a geocache in, thanks Glenda for reminding us.
A stop at the Mark Twain Brewery for a late lunch rounded out a fun day in Hannibal MO.
Our next stop was in Osage Beach at Osage Beach RV Park, a short 132 miles away. By appearances it was once a KOA, the current owners have had it for a year and are making changes. We had a Big Rig site that was a backin with decent enough spacing between rv's. Full hookups and cable for $45/night a bit pricey but for a late reservation it was fine considering Bike Fest (motorcycle rides) was going on. A day to do chores and another to explore.
Our exploration took us out on the water, we rented a pontoon boat and once again Captain Curt kept us safe while we explored Lake of the Ozarks. On a warm humid day it was a great way to keep cool, at least until we stopped for our picnic lunch. Our 4 hour cruise went off without a hitch, before we knew it we were back at the dock. Thanks to Getaway Boat Rentals for a great boat at a reasonable price.
Dave and Curt enjoy sharing beers together and trying new ones wherever we go. Dave has finally found another use for his phone. He's now using the Untapped app to rate beers, if you're on Untapped friend him to see what he's got to say about beer.
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While traveling the back roads of Missouri we came up behind this tractor, it certainly amused us all.