Moving Right Along
Trip Start Jun 19, 2012
45Trip End Aug 03, 2012
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We passed a sign on the way in last night about a historical riverfront area of the city, so we backtracked a little to see what it was all about. We discovered a neat little city on the merging of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers. There was a tall concrete levee that was hand painted on the city side with scenes from history in the area. They dated back to the Civil War, plantations, their downtown market, etc. There were several barges on the river transporting gas, rock and sand.Since our personal rule for the map is that we have to do or experience something of the state, this short trip allowed us to put the Kentucky sticker on our map
Next state - Illinois. We drove through Illinois for almost two hours and saw... a lot of fields. I'm sure there are much better things to see in the state, just not on the route we took. For all the fields we saw, and the miles we drove we added Illinois to our map.
Just as we crossed over the river separating Illinois and Missouri, the St. Louis Arch came into view. Parking again was interesting, but we found a spot and it was free which was a treat. We walked to the Arch and paid to take a tram inside to the top. I'm not one for small spaces, so the tram was not my favorite part, but it was awesome to see the view of the city from the top.
A friend had suggested we try the Old Spaghetti Factory so we enjoyed a great lunch there on the riverfront. Our waiter was from the Seattle area so he gave us lots of suggestions for that portion of the trip. After a mile walk in over ninety degree weather, we made it back to the camper. Hot, tired and sweaty!
Tommy navigated through the streets of St. Louis to get us to the Anheuser-Busch factory for a tour
As I type we are on our way toward Kansas City. We will stay about an hour outside St. Louis and drive the other three hours tomorrow morning. Rumor has it there is some incredible bbq at a place called Gate's BBQ for lunch tomorrow. Yum!