Yesterday we spent the day exploring mid-Missouri on the Missouri River Wine Trail's Picnic Pairing Wine tastings... we decided to go on the back roads ( for the most part) and avoided I70 until the end! Our first stop was in Glasgow at Bushwacker Bend Winery. The little river town definitely deserves another look see! Bushwacker's has a great back deck overlooking the Missouri River ... almost close enough to throw a rock into it! The river is low right now since Missouri is way down precipitation-wise. Then it was off to Higbee and Cooper's Oak Winery. Followed by Serenity Valley Winery which is East of Columbia on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest. Boy does this winery have loads of events planned, including a chance to watch the eclipse next August 21st. Missouri is one of the best places to watch!! Then it was off to Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport. It is also on the Missouri River and a great place to catch the Katy Trail.
On our way from Serenity to
Les Bourgeois we were on I70 and spent over an hour traversing 2 miles
thanks to a major "incident" involving a semi truck ... even on the
outer roads around Columbia cars were stuck in traffic.
wineries did a great job pairing their wine with picnic style nibbles
...going to do it again since we didn't have enough time or energy to
visit all of them. We traveled over 300 miles in one great and wiggly loop!! Never hit the same road twice.
Missouri's middle runs the gamut from rivers with small river towns to forested hills to large farms just waiting for planting at this time of the year .... and nothing was boringly flat!!