This morning we left our little spot on Kentucky Lake and continued our journey west:
Heading towards the great rivers:
The Ohio River flood plain – yes, it is farmed:
Over the Ohio River:
There is a small strip of land here between the Ohio and Mississippi. Yes, it also mostly farmed:
And getting ready to cross another mighty river:
The mighty Mississippi:
Where we road the levy road for a few miles:
We are staying south of Charleston, Missouri at Boom Land RV Park. It is $12.00 for full hook ups – not bad. I will take some picture tomorrow.
After setting up, we took a road trip south to explore. Most of this area is farmed and many of those areas are being harvested. I just find it fascinating to watch.
Many ponds and swampy areas:
Check out this barn on a mound – protection from river flooding maybe?:
No hills, just flat farmland – WOW!:
There were many farm silos and barns but very few farmhouses as we got closer to the river:
We saw many buildings that looked like this but were being used to store machinery. Imagine the stories this could tell:
And we are there!:
We arrived at the Hickman Dorena Ferry on the Mississippi River. Hickman, KY is across the river where there are loading grain into barges. This Ferry is one of the few remaining riverboat ferries in the United States and the only operating ferry crossing the Mississippi River between Missouri and Kentucky.
The ferry is coming our way:
We are at Dorena, MO side where the only thing in this area is a huge Consolidated Grain and Barge Plant – lots of trucks coming and going.
Very interesting. We hung out for a little watching the barges and headed north over the levy wall:
Lots of farm equipment on the road:
We followed another road that led to the Mississippi, It did but ended in a business so we stopped nearby and took these photos:
Many barges docked here:
Check out the cables and chains holding them here – WOW!:
There was a little side area that talked about the history of this area. This was part of the Trail of Tears and it also played a part in the Civil War along with Columbus, KY directly across the river.
From there we made our way over the levy:
The levy roads are all along the river and also another series about a mile in. Very interesting!
Tomorrow we will explore the New Madrid area so stay tuned and enjoy today.
Stats for today:
Miles Traveled: 89 Miles
Kentucky: The Trace Road; SR-453; I-24; US-60
Missouri: US-60; I-57; SR-105; Beasley Park Road