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Fall Color Tour 2019

Preliminary discussions about the fall color tour this year, centered around going to the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial in Perryville, Missouri. Because we have traveled several times using southern Missouri's highways as the routes to a destination, this year I wanted to change it up a bit and go south thru Illinois, then go west on Highway 51 at Chester Illinois to Southern Missouri. However, after traveling this route to determine the points of interest, rest stop, etc, the sad realization was there’s not trees in southern Illinois, it’s all corn! So, back to square one; instead, we’re going to use southbound Highway 61 in Missouri to get to where we’re going.

memorial wall

In general this the plan. We will meet on November 3rd, at 9 am, leaving promptly at 9:30 am. We will meet at the commuter parking lot located on Richardson in Arnold, Missouri. (maps will be available).

There are no planned rest stop between when we leave and when we arrive at the wall in Perryville. Be prepared to have enough gas or fuel until you get to Perryville, about 65 miles.

To reach the commuter lot from south bound I- 55, use exit 190 (Richardson road), go through that stoplight to the nest one and turn left (west outer road) to the next stoplight: after you turn, on your left you will see a Burger King and a defunct Ruby Tuesday’s; turn left at the first driveway or the second driveway, they both go to the commuter lot.

Please plan to arrive by 9 am to help us stay on schedule, we will leave at 9:30 am. When we leave the lot, we will be on Richardson road for only a very short distance and turn right to enter southbound I-55.

We will be on I-66 for approximately 19 to 20 miles and get off at exit 170, Highway 61. Turn left on Highway 61, continue south past Bloomsdale, then Ste. Genevieve, St. Mary’s, Ozona, and Brewer (Highway M). About 2 miles or so past Brewer, there will be a blue state road sign announcing “The Veterans Memorial”. This is the road called Highway AC, highway bypass or North Main Street, take your pick. Turn left and one you are on the road, you can’t help but see the Memorial on you left, just past Highway V. We will be at the MNVM for 1.5 hours. When we arrive, you won’t have to sign the guest book, as I am going to give them that information from our club roster to save time. While there, as soon as we arrive, there’s a short film to see which gives you information as to why the memorial was build in in Perryville, on this specific piece of land.

Beautiful view inside church

Leaving the MNVM, we will go to the Perryville American Legion Post for lunch. The post is located in Perryville on Grand Avenue, not very far from the MNVM. Turn left out of the parking lot, go sough on Highway AC, to stop sign, then go straight across Highway 51. You're now on North Main street in Perryville, go to the roundabout; you must turn right as the roundabout, go past Highway 61, and the next street is North Main again. In about a third of a mile watch for Grand Avenue on your right. Turn right and the Legion Post is on your right. Our menus will consist of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, slaw, rolls and butter. Water and tea are included, other beverages are available at the bar for an additional cost.

Assuming everyone will be finished eating in an hour, our option now is to visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, located at the St. Mary’s of the Barrens Church in Perryville, This is really worth taking the time to see, at least 45 minutes to an hour if you have the time. We will then head home north on Highway 55.

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