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    2019 MOA National Trip

    Debbie and I did mostly back roads down and back to the BMW MOA National Rally in Lebanon Tennessee.
    Most days we had storms chasing us but we had dry roads for the trip.
    Had a few detours because of the Missouri and Mississippi River floods.
    South East of Cape Girardeau Missouri Hwy 3 had water right up to the road white line for long stretches and one section had about 2 inches of water flowing over the road.
    The DOT had alternating one lane traffic on this section.
    Wish I could have taken some pictures along hwy 3 to show the flooding but didn't like the idea of parking on the water covered shoulder.
    The first night we stayed at a old Route 66 motel in Cuba Mo.
    There was a group from New Zealand driving 5 Mustang GTs doing the complete route.
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    After a good breakfast down the street we headed south east.
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    After this point is where we had water on hwy 3 on the way south to Cairo, Il.
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    I did get this picture while working registration on Thursday.
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    Bill and Jean Jarrell from Naperville. Met them at our first MOA rally. It was the last rally where Wis. and Chicago were combined.
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    Steve from Blanco Texas.
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    Bill Morgan, Joe and Julie
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    Mani
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    Friday morning we rode down to Tullahoma Tn. to visit the Beechcraft Museum.

    Beechcraft Staggerwing
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    Saturday morning we rode over near Nashville to visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.
    Pictures were not allowed inside.
    Most of the items in the home were original.
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    Sunday we started back for home. It was a little over 900 miles and we broke it up into three days so we could do back roads and have time for stops.
    As it turned out storms were chasing us so we did not make a lot of stops.Sunday and Monday it poured not long after getting in.
    Tuesday it rained right after pulling into the garage.

    Jefferson Davis State Historic Site.
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    Picture from last year.
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    Overlook at Wickliffe Kentucky for the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
    On a clear day you you can see both the Mississippi and Ohio River bridges.
    Lot's of barges sitting idle due to flooding.
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    It started to rain as we unpacked the bikes at Sikeston, Mo.
    30 to 60 minutes later it got serious with rain, wind and lightning.
    Radar showed a tornado east of the Mississippi but we never heard if one was sighted by a spotter.
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    Monday I was watching the storm on my GPS and decided we had time for ice-cream before arriving in Cuba Mo.
    Neat little store on hwy 21 in Caledonia Missouri.
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    Just made it to the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba before the lightning and hard rain.
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    Originally I had planned to take hwy 94 along the river to Hermann Mo. but it was flooded, so we went through Jefferson City instead.
    It was interesting to see the flooding in that area and saw streets flooded in downtown Jeff City.
    Going through on the way home it looked like water had gone down a couple feet.
    Last edited by Lee; 06-25-2019, 10:45 AM.
    Lee
    Iowa
    2016 R1200RS

    #2
    Lee,
    as usual outstanding write up!!! I own some property about 45 miles east of Jefferson City, in a little hillbilly town called Versailles, was down there a couple weeks ago everyone told me to stay outa Jeff so I went through Columbia off I-70 to avoid Jeff altogether. I love that you always seem to find the coolest little towns.
    thanks for the pictures. I did my first MOA last year in des monies and just couldn’t do it again, was just not my thing, was way too laid back, not that I'm by any means a partier, it was just waaay to quiet and laid back for me. I have no idea how you and Debbie stayed in a tent last year? I think it got down to a cool 105 degrees at midnight!!

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      #3
      Great write-up Lee. Good to see you two again !!

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        #4
        Originally posted by RS530 View Post
        Lee,
        . I have no idea how you and Debbie stayed in a tent last year? I think it got down to a cool 105 degrees at midnight!!
        It was not pleasant.
        Easy decision to get a motel this year

        Lee
        Iowa
        2016 R1200RS

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          #5
          Nice Lee. Looks like y'all had good timing dodging the rain.

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            #6
            I couldn't remember if there was a picture limit per post so I left out the info on the aircraft.
            Here's the information if you're interested.
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            Google picture
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            Article about the Starship 2000
            https://airfactsjournal.com/2018/01/...ch-a-disaster/
            Last edited by Lee; 06-25-2019, 03:38 PM.
            Lee
            Iowa
            2016 R1200RS

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              #7
              Thank you so much, great sharing. b

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                #8
                Yes great pics/report and always enjoy seeing Aircraft too! Been up to the Oshkosh Airshow twice and it's simply over the top! Took a ~15 minute ride on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor there too.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by R111S View Post
                  Been up to the Oshkosh Airshow twice and it's simply over the top! Took a ~15 minute ride on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor there too.
                  Long time ago we visited the museum on our way home form the New England states and had to pass on a fairly cheap ride on the Tri-Motor.
                  We were about out of money and didn't have a credit card back then.

                  Lee
                  Iowa
                  2016 R1200RS

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                    #10
                    WOW - great ride, and many excellent photos! I especially enjoyed all the Beechcraft photos. Seeing that early (the very first?) fixed gear Staggerwing was something else. The G Staggerwing was the last in the series. My first trip to Half Moon Bay Airport was the day after I'd read about a guy landing a G-model wheels up and the old fire truck didn't have enough water to put out the fire, so it ended up a pile of ashes and lumps of metal. Bummer. That was back in 1962 - I rode there on my Harley Panhead. Last July I saw a beautifully restored D-model Staggerwing at the Concrete Airport Fly-in. I actually helped push it back into position so the owner could fire it up to take off.

                    Seeya
                    ATB
                    Last edited by Paughco; 06-26-2019, 12:26 PM.

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                      #11
                      Cool pix....I flew the Starship. Cutting edge technology at the time...too bad Beech bought them all back and destroyed them

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