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I Can’t Get These Names to Stick

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Some roads evoke emotion, like the Trail of Tears through Belleview, Boss and Bixby. And some roads evoke wonder, like the Scenic Byway along Crowley’s Ridge. Traveling every Missouri road, I gave some personal nicknames to a few pathways. Winding through picturesque hills reminiscent of central Europe, the road into Sam A. Baker State Park becomes Little Swiss Parkway. On …

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Water Tower, Radio Tower, Tower of Power

My Favorite Road

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One of the most legendary highways on Earth unfolds over 300 Missouri miles, and bears a name that’s the highest tribute ever bestowed a route: the Mother Road. But it’s a mother with multiple personalities. Before it bore children west, the Mother Road was the Wire Road. And before that it was a Native American trail. It’s a great road, …

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King of the Road

Missouri Life and Death

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The King of the Road series went dormant after a nice five-year run, and Erifnus and I rode into the sunset. But lately, I happily agreed to start writing features for the magazine from time to time…just took an assignment to eat a fine meal at The Dancing Bear outside Higginsville…the review will come out sometime in the spring. See …

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Man of Many Miles

Along This Endless Road

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Along this endless road, a few reporters traveled with me. It was an honor to have Jim McCarty of Rural Missouri Magazine riding shotgun for an afternoon. And Erifnus — that’s my car — tolerated him even though he wrote that she smelled like antifreeze and her brakes squealed. Yes, he was right, and he correctly reported that I ground …

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Got My Camo On

Book Goes National

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Well, that’s a stretch. Yes, people all over the world can buy it, although a California reader who saw the story about my travels, “One man’s quest to see Missouri, mile by mile” by Tom Uhlenbrock, in USA Today wondered why anybody cares. I really can’t argue… Not everybody has the good sense to spend whole days crisscrossing county roads …

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