Deneke Road bridge across the diversion channel
Yesterday while wasting time in the Biology Office, I was talking to Joe Berger. He’s a University plumber, and he often drops by the office to hang out. Particularly on Friday, also known as “admiration day,” because it’s the day you go around and admire the stuff you got done during the week. Anyway, he mentioned living somewhere near Allenville, and driving out the Allenville road from highway A.
I said “Is that paved? I’ve ridden by there a lot, but I didn’t trust it.”
“Yeah, they blacktopped it all the way a couple of years ago. You can go down there and cross the diversion channel to get to N.”
Wait a minute. Cross the diversion channel? For those not familiar with Swampeast Missouri, around the turn of the 20th century some landowners got together and developed a system of canals, etc. to drain the southeast corner of the state. Prior to that it was an enormous wetland, on a par with the Everglades; now it’s cotton, rice, beans, etc. An ecological catastrophe, but completed long before anybody thought that wetlands were good for anything.
Anyway, on a bicycle, if you want to head south from Cape Girardeau, you have a problem. There’s a big canal, the Diversion Channel, that runs west to east just south of Cape, and the only crossings I knew of were I-55 (no bikes) and MO 25 (rideable, but insane traffic). Needless to say, I was excited about the prospect of a paved county road crossing the diversion channel.
So today I drove down to Highway A and rode down the Allenville road. Above you see the bridge.
Here I am at the bridge:
Okay, not the greatest photo. I used the “timer exposure” setting and set the camera on the ground. Still, you can see the bullet holes in the sign.
Not to skip over the charms of Allenville. Here’s the Lawnmower Racetrack:
And here’s a house, I think the nicest one in town, with a really great oak tree:
Finally, I bade a fond farewell to Allenville, and headed west on N to another noteworthy locale:
NUT junction, where Missouri highways N, U, and T come together. BTW, U crosses the diversion channel just to the right of this view. In fact, I later found that CR253, just west of Whitewater, also crosses the diversion channel and is also paved all the way. So, a big day for Southeast Missouri biking.