It was a near perfect spring day in central Missouri, so I took the opportunity to grab a few shots in Rocheport, MO. Right along the Katy trail. Find out more about it here: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/ Now, on to the pictures! Rocheport is a quiet little town filled with antiques stores and Bed and Breakfasts.
The old Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad (The Katy) ran right through town. The right of way has been converted to a bike path. You can ride a bike, walk, and even ride horses on sections of the trail. If you don't have a bike, no problem. You can rent one in Rocheport!
Just west of the depot about half a mile is the only tunnel on the Katy, so we decided to go take a look.
Once you get to the tunnel, it's interesting to note the soot on the inside.
These next three shots are favorites of mine.
Another thing to note is the pigeons that live in the tunnel. Watch your head!
Next we walked down to a little wetlands area and then to the top of the hill, right above the tunnel.
You can see the Katy Trail heading towards the vanishing point on the horizon...
...and the Missouri valley. More of that later on...
Next to the wetlands is a little observation deck where you can go look at the geese. See the little babies?
Just down the road from Rocheport is the Les Bourgeois winery situated on a bluff overlooking the river.
There were a LOT of people there!
It's a great spot to sit, have a glass of wine (In most people's case a bottle. Or two.) and watch the sun set over the river. One can sit and contemplate Lewis and Clark sailing up the river, but I preferred to sit and watch the pretty Mizzou coeds all dressed up in their cocktail dresses swilling wine!
You can also see the Katy trail down at the base of the bluff.
There were a lot of people there drinking a LOT of wine. They were constantly going around picking up empties, and yet, as you see, could barely keep up!
Some folks paid for their overindulgence, too. In the next picture, it's hard to see but there was a girl next to the trash barrel on her hands and knees, possibly praying.
The parking lot was filled with cars and busses, and I failed to notice the couple going at it like teenagers in the car next to where I stood to take these shots.
That's it! A beautiful spring afternoon!