Thanks for the notes and highlights!
I have now ammended my route (reference the link below)! With the exception of Harker Heights to Waco section and the Ft. Leonard Wood to St. Louis section, I will not travel over the same slab twice....that equates to about 1,500 miles of different scenery! I love this Google Maps
thing....I've found some pretty cool bridges and have an opportunity to "preview" the route before taking it!
New RON (camp) at Queen Wilhelmina State Park rather than back to the same grounds I visited two days prior! I've added the ferry detour as an alternate route depending on the weather and time I get in that area.....the new RON spot gains me about an hour, so this may be a "GO" just for the experience. Since this'll be a solo ride, it'll be all about the journey and "relatively" slow...at least as slow as I can safely drive the roads and enjoy the ride!
I used to live in central Missouri (I received my MS in ENG at MO S&T while stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood) and camped all over the region with scouts and my family....great terrain for camping, hiking, and fishing....and now motorcycling!! SR 19 is a great route, but I'll start my return trip (the east route) from Dixon and come through the south gate of Ft. Leonard Wood.
My family and I have enjoyed the "Home of the Throwed Rolls" several times....what a hoot! I agree about I-44....TONs of rigs and four-legged critters.....but this will be the only part of the route where I can make up for the time playing on the twisties!
I haven't even taken off yet and I'm as giddy as a kid with a new toy....and smilin' just as much!
I'll surely have to remind myself to stop every once in a while to document/photo I actually took the journey!