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Day 34 – Ol’ Ken’s Cabin

Yesterday we traveled out of Kentucky, briefly through Illinois and on into Missouri. We were traveling US 60 and all of a sudden…

This was in Cairo, Illinois with no forewarning that anything was closed. We pushed Jeanine’s “Detour” button and away we went across the Mississippi River on another bridge.

We saw a bunch of river barges as we crossed the bridge.

It looks like a lot of goods get moved this way.

One observation we had was through Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky the scenery was pretty much the same with big hills loaded with deciduous trees. Almost instantly as we got into Missouri the landscape changed into a much flatter country.

Another hour into the trip and we were in the hills of the Ozarks.

It was a beautiful drive and made for an enjoyable trip.

We arrived at Big Springs RV Camp in Van Buren, MO.

The lady that greeted us was very nice and we picked out a spot along the Current River.

The view of the river behind the trailer is really a nice break from the last two “open field” campgrounds.

We took a drive through Van Buren on our way to dinner and it’s a two block town. The Carter County Court House caught our eye although we know nothing of is history.

The big attraction in the area is Big Springs which provides the water for the Current River. The big thing to do is float down the river on big inner tubes.

Inner tube rental and float trips appear the be the major money maker in the area. We had dinner at the Blue Heron restaurant and out the window we could see the river raft buss loading up the inner tubes as people returned.

We had a very nice dinner and the wait staff were very friendly, that is all except for the guy that handed out the after dinner mints.

While it’s really nice traveling around in our fifth wheel trailer Ken was giving some thought to settling down here in the Ozarks. He found this nice little cabin right on the river.

Well maybe not 😉

Today we are staying put for a second night and how nice it is. We’ll be touring the Big Springs area and give a full report tomorrow.

 

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