Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sun, Aug 2, 2015 - Roubidoux Springs Campground, Waynesville, MO

Sunday, August 2, 2015 – Roubidoux Springs Campground, Waynesville, MO

We left home at 9:00 this morning on the first leg of our trip. I intended to take a picture of us before we left and remembered this as we were nearing Carl Junction.  I took this selfie on Hwy 96 at the stop sign before entering the roundabout before heading on toward Oronogo, MO. 

While riding, I was looking at the pictures on my phone over the past 30+ days and realized we have been very, very busy.  We managed to spend time with all of our kids and grandkids (except Matt and family which we will see at the end of this week) during this time which was especially nice since we will be away from them for a while. 

It was a beautiful day and we had a pretty relaxing drive despite the fact we were on I-44 from Halltown to Waynesville.  To help pass the time I decided I would count the number of RV's we met on the road once we merged on to I-44.  I counted 73 in about 3 hours.  At about 11:30 we were getting hungry and since I forgot to pack us lunch before leaving this morning we did a quick check of one of our favorite phone apps, RV Parky to see if there was a rest stop or a Wal-Mart coming up.  We were nearing Marshfield, MO and sure enough they had a Wal-Mart.  Typically Wal-Marts have plenty of parking for the RV and we can usually find some type of fast food nearby.  Fortunately they had a Subway located inside their store.  We were soon back on the road for the last hour or so of today's journey.
In no time we were turning off of I-44 into Waynesville.  We located the campground pretty easily and soon found the spot I had reserved through City Hall last week.  We are in site #17.  The site is gravel and was a bit uneven, but easily leveled with a couple of boards Dean brings with us.  We arrived about 1:30, quickly set up, got the air conditioner and refrigerator turned on, and decided to check out the town while things were cooling down.  Here is our Bentley;

and a couple shots of the campground.
Looking to the North. 
To the west.

It didn’t take us long to drive through both Waynesville and the neighboring community of St. Robert, located just east via old Route 66 (aka Hwy 44).   As we exited the campground and turned left, we noticed the Cherokee Trail Park immediately to the right as we crossed the bridge.  We made a mental note to stop here when we head back.

We drove through the City Park in Waynesville.  It included a number of shelters, a water splash area with several fountains, a large playground area, a walking trail that runs along the springs and a lot of open green space.  A number of families were enjoying the splash area to cool off on this 94 degree day. After leaving this park, we moved on down the road to check out the park where we noticed a walking trail as we left the campground.  Come to find out the walking trail connects these two parks.  The water was beautiful and very clear (other than the heavily mossed areas) and seemed to be pretty swift.  Waynesville's downtown area was small, and the Courthouse took up most of the area with a very large square.  As many small towns are today, a good part of it was rundown, however the south side especially had a number of updated storefronts with 2 or 3 restaurants, and 3 or 4 attorney offices in a row. 

St. Robert was the larger of the two with all of the normal chain stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.  Their park had a very nice aquatic park and it was FULL!, and it had a Dairy Queen - which we managed to drive on past.  Dean was really fighting the wheel though!   We only made a short drive through St. Robert and headed back.

After our tour of these two communities we were ready to set down and relax for a bit so we headed back to Bentley where we watched one of the Jurrasic Park movies.  We actually were successful in getting our Tailgator (Dish antenna) to work first time without calling Dish Network.  I fixed chicken alfredo pasta for dinner, and cut up a homegrown tomato that my sister Cindy sent along with us.  Pretty good dinner.  Thanks Cindy and to Elmer for all of the hard work that goes into growing them!

As I mentioned in the last post we are hoping to walk at least once daily.  We’ve both managed to lose over 10 pounds in the past several months and we want to keep the momentum going, so we made ourselves get up and go check out the trail we discovered earlier. 

We walked 1.75 miles while on the trail, and learned the Cherokee Indians followed and camped along the river during the famous Trail of Tears, where the Cherokee Indians were forced to move from their lands in the east into what is now Oklahoma. 
(You may click on any picture to enlarge it)

Information about the trail and its significance to the Cherokee Indians.

Peaceful area to sit along the water's edge.


There was a nice pull-off area where we parked.  Here there were three large signs providing information about the Trail of Tears.

Shows the area where the Cherokee and other Indian tribes were driven from and into Oklahoma.

We headed north on the trail that passes underneath the bridge that crosses Highway 44, as the trail winds along the Roubidoux River.  We could barely see through the thick tress along the river and if you didn't know, would probably not even realize there was a campground on the other side.  The trail was nicely shaded although this evening it was pretty humid.  This part of the trail sported what appeared to be a new concrete walkway, and wrapped around the west and northern areas of the park we visited earlier. 

This is the bridge we crossed under along the trail and a sign with information about the bridge.

We took a short walk down one of the graveled paths where a family was swimming in the shallow gravel bar.

The gravel bar where a young family was enjoying the cool waters.

I included this picture to show some of the debris that collected along the edge of the river after a recent flooding event.  We received information in our welcome packet that advised if there were heavy rains not to be any further than 30 minutes from the campground.  They request you provide your phone number so they can contact you if it is necessary to move your RV.  Evidently it rises quite fast.  Fortunately, for this reason, there is no rain in the forecast. 

As we headed back south on the trail, we passed this sign where the Cherokee Indians were thought to cross the river.  Dean snapped this picture of me at this point.

At the far south end of the trail the river leads to the Roubidoux Spring, home of an underwater cave.  The trail changes to gravel shortly past the area where we parked, and parallels quite near the water's edge on a narrow path.  When we reached the springs, the path curved to the left to expose a fairly wide boardwalk (at least 4 feet)  that then curved around  to the opposite side of the spring and cave.  Several young adults were gathered near the entrance of the cave where the spring comes from.  One of the young men was in the water, and the others were watching him.  They commented how cold the water was. 

As we drove down this road earlier, we watched a young man jump from the road above into the water. There were several people standing along the road watching him and no one seemed concerned.  After seeing it on our walk, we realized how far he had to jump out to hit the water, as he had to clear the walkway below as well.  As I am adding in the pictures this morning I realized I failed to take a picture of the cave entrance (which is underwater, so you probably could not see it, but at least you could have seen the area - so sorry about that).

Snapped this picture to show how clear the water is.

We were glad we forced ourselves to get up and walk, but were also very glad to return to the air conditioning.  It was very sultry outside.  I sure hope this hot weather does not follow us north and we move out of these 90-100 temperatures soon! 

A number of other RVer's had showed up in the campground while we were gone.  It must be a good stopover location, although there are a few RV's that you can tell have been here for awhile by their outdoor furniture, such as canopies, flower pots, bird feeders, chairs, grills, etc., but everything looks very nice and clean.  We would definitely stay here again.

Day 1 has been good! 

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