Our road warrior videographer, Allison Otto, captures small town life from the Best of the Road RV trip through Missouri and Kentucky.
Joplin, MO, gives a warm welcome to the Rogue Riders, the Best of the Road team assigned to discover America’s friendliest small towns.
Percy Katz (pictured here with museum director Brad Belk) is the official museum greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO. The 12-year-old Russian Blue, who is named after local composer Percy Weinrich, has survived cancer and a kidnapping that made front-page news to become the unofficial mascot of Joplin.
Percy Katz, Joplin’s most famous cat and resident greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO.
Route 66 Carousel Park, a vintage, family-owned park along the popular Route 66 byway that runs through Joplin, MO.
A view of Route 66 Carousel Park.
Best of the Road co-hosts Gary Hurt and Amanda Pflugrad enjoy the Route 66 Carousel Park in Joplin, MO.
The Old Courthouse, built in 1892, is now the Bardstown Visitor’s Center. The Courthouse stands in the center of Bardstown’s historic district.
Bardstown’s nickname is the Bourbon Capitol of the World with mint juleps made with bourbon being a popular local drink.
A mint julep made with Kentucky bourbon and topped with powdered sugar.
Bardstown’s Old County Jail, built in 1797, was the oldest operating jail in the state of Kentucky until 1987.
The old, one-room schoolhouse in historic Bardstown, Kentucky.
Grand Falls, Missouri’s largest continually flowing natural waterfall, is a popular swimming hole just south of Joplin. The depth of the water can climb to about 25 feet.