Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Missouri: "Like Mowing a 68,000 Square-Mile Lawn"

Truman Building parking lot, Jefferson City, Missouri

"I just kept plying away like a termite on your house, .... My drive was more like mowing a 68,000-square-mile lawn."

Source: Former State Tourism Director Drives on All of Missouri's Back Roads, December 3, 2013, Missourian newspaper. 

John Drake Robinson drove all of Missouri's state-maintained roads over the course of 10 years. This is my kind of traveler. He lives in Columbia, Missouri, not far from my hometown in Jefferson City.

Missouri has a damn lot of road miles. I once heard Missouri has more miles of road than most states. Don't know if this is true. Yup, here we go, from the article cited above: "Missouri ranks No. 7 in the country for the number of miles in its highway system."

Ware Street, Jefferson City, Missouri

Remember the book on back roads, Blue Highways? The author, William Least Heat Moon, lives very close to Columbia, in a river town called Rocheport.

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