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Harry and Judy's RV Trip
19th Jul 2014 - Summer 2014
Day 14-July 19, 2014-Columbia, MO & the "Show Me State" baseball games

Day 14-July 19, 2014-To Columbia, MO and the “Show-Me-State Games”

Drove 208 miles in 4 hours.

Beautiful weather-sunny, 75-80. All the locals say it’s unusually cool for this time of year.

We transferred most of our things to the RV last night so it was quick getting out of the condo today. We drove NE on I-44 to Rte. 5 to US 54 until we got to Lebanon then north on US 63 to Columbia. Nice roads, gentle rolling hills, 2 lanes each way, separated by a wide grass median.  Pretty little yellow flowers on the side of the road, almost like buttercups. We passed through small towns and farms, some horse farms, sod farms and some crop we couldn’t identify.  Went through Osage Beach on Lake of the Ozarks and lots of boaters are out on the lake.  The roads are all names with letters A, Z, F, etc. and then they start all over again with GG, OO, YY, VV, etc.  Seems like whoever named the roads had no imagination.  Drove through the capital city of Jefferson City and then to Columbia.  We’re at Cottonwoods RV Park, named for all the cottonwood trees.  The campground is beautifully manicured with cement pads and flowers all over.  We had to pick another site because the original one they wanted to give us had about ten sand hornet’s nests in the ground right where I got out of the truck and they were buzzing all around.  We took another site and they immediately came and sprayed.  We sat outside after setting up and met a couple from Englewood, FL, Dave and Ann on their way to Colorado but maybe stopping in Branson.  We talked for a while about what’s in Branson. 

Went to Wal-Mart to get some groceries then back to the RV for dinner.  The Boone County Fairgrounds is right in back of the campground and we saw some horses and riders practicing for the fair which starts on Tuesday. We’ll be gone by then.  And less than a half mile from the campground is a big baseball complex where the “Show Me State Games” baseball games are being held.  The games are an Olympic-style competition for amateur athletes in Missouri held for three week-ends every summer in Columbia to promote sportsmanship, physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle and family fun.  Any team can play, they don’t have to win anything to enter.  We watched a couple of 13-yr.old teams play and one 20 and over team.  Another team looked about 11.  The complex has three fields and there were lots of teams playing or waiting to play.  We left about 10PM and teams were just arriving.  I guess they play ‘til late at night.  There’s basketball and a golf tournament at other parks in Columbia.  Needless to say, the campground is filled with kids and their parents.  It feels great to be back in the RV even though the condo was really nice.

Next: Day 15-July 20, 2014-Rocheport, MO & Budweiser Clydesdales
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Sign at campground check in

Sand hornets

Show Me State Games sign

The pitch

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Show Me State Games Baseball game

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