Take the Long Way Home – Part 3

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Missouri (aka “Misery”)

The next day we drove through Missouri, which pretty much took up the entire day. FYI, I HATED driving in Missouri. It was absolutely the worst part of the entire trip. And that’s not even including the suicidal deer that decided to run out in front of my car while I was driving 65mph on a pitch dark road. Stupid deer. But I digress.

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The first city we came to in Missouri was St. Louis, so of course that required a stop at the Gateway Arch.

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At the base of the arch structure is this beautiful park with a view of the Mississippi River.

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Inside the arch is a free museum detailing the westward expansion of the United States. Pretty neat stuff.

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We decided not to take the tram to the top of the arch as we would have had to wait about another hour and we really needed to get back on the road. We did take a few of these “artsy” wannabe pics from underneath.

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Once back on the road we saw some menacing looking storm clouds but, luckily, we never actually encountered any bad weather during any part of the trip.

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There were a lot of corn fields along the highway.

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We made a quick pit stop at this tacky roadside shop called Ozarkland and they had these sweet Elvis glasses with the attached sideburns. I tried to do my best Elvis sneer, but it just ended up looking like I was smelling something bad.

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More corn. This field was being harvested.

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We had planned to stop in Kansas City for dinner. You can’t go to Missouri and not have famous Kansas City barbecue for dinner. That would be sacrilege.  It took us a while to figure out our way around but we finally found a place called Jack Stack BBQ. We ended up sharing a platter called “The Roundup.” It was a lot of food and it was SOOO good.

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Downtown Kansas City.

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That’s it for part 3. More to come.

Peace out!

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