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It's that time of year for us midwesterners to start talking about trips planned this year. Our spring trips generally head south, in past years we have gone to Nashville, and Memphis a couple times. This year we plan to head to Missouri. Just a 3 day trip likely. We leave from the general area of Peoria IL and will head towards Hannibal MO, then on to "the Ozarks", then try to hit alot of the Mark Twain National Forest on our way east toward the "wine area" I am told is west of St. Louis. Anyone have experience in those areas that would care to share good places to eat, sleep, stop and see, etc.? I'd love to hit some wineries and bring back a case.
 

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Thanks for the tips and links guys, keep them coming as we won't be going until probably late April or early May. To the poster who suggested the Carbondale area, we did that last year, but due to our own fault (too much riding and a lot of rain) we never saw a single winery, but we did stay in a very cool cabin for a night. The southern end of IL has some nice riding, and a couple ferry crossings to boot. Too often what happens is we plan too many miles in a day, stop too often, get a little lost, and end up riding too late, IMO anyway.
 

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Just thought I would give a little report on our trip to Missouri. We had to reroute a couple of times due to roads being flooded. 79 south from Hannibal was closed, so due to that, rain, and a failed battery on one of the bikes, we took a more direct route to Hermann on Friday. Neat town, they had a "Shelby Fest" so we saw a bunch of nice Mustangs and Cobras (replicas). But rain kept the numbers down, by about half according to some. Our ride on Saturday to Lake of the Ozarks was 100% rain, and cold. Too bad. We did have fun at a bar called "The Branding Iron", they have karaoke so we partook in that, as everyone on the trip had been in a band or two at one time or another. Sunday's ride turned out very nice, finally cleared up and warmed up a tad. We took a scenic route thru Mark Twain National Forest. We neded up getting to St. Louis much later than planned due to a flat tire. Fortunately we had a "fix it" kit but the hole was nasty (from a bone!) so we had to keep stopping every 30 miles to pump up the tire. We had a georgeous day to head home on Monday though!!
 
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