Day 2: I-6-4: Ashland, KY to St Louis, MO

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
Trip End Aug 18, 2007

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Day 2:
States Covered: Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri
Mileage Covered: 475
Weather: Sunny, humid and hot
Abby Meltdowns: 2 mini meltdowns, 6 minuts and 9 minutes respectively, one after 25 min wait for blast zone work on highway.
Stay Over: Hilton Ballpark, St. Luois, Missouri -- great room looking at Arch
National Park Stamp of the Day: Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial, Indiana

Trivia Question: What famous trial took place in St. Louis? At Courthouse across the street from our hotel.
Trivia Question Answer from Yesterday: The Judds and Billy Ray Cyrul were all born in Ashland, KY - Sandee Olek wins [OK, she was the only answer, but she got the Judds dead on].

Our phrase of the day: 6-4, we were on I-64 all day.

After a strong 9 hours of sleep, we headed out of Ashland and on to the Kentucky Capitol Building (Ann actually did not know Frankfort was the Capital of Kentucky...Paul the geography genius was secretely horrified but was nice about it. We had a nice walk around the Capitol grounds and Abby really enjoyed flying around the Rotunda They actually have really nice grounds there, so if you are ever driving by Frankfort you should stop by.

We hit our first traffic glitch when we were the first car stopped in some type of rolling road block for over 25 mins while we had to follow a police officer through a "blast zone" on the highway. A sign even warned us to turn ff cell phones...we guess they didn't want us to detonate the blast -- yikes!

We did a drive through Louisville and saw U of Luoisville and its Cardinal Stadium.
We did a quick hop out at Churchill Downs for a photo gambling.
Our weird sighting of the day was the "Oz" Aluminum sculpture garden in front of someone's house in Louisville.

Then we crossed the Ohio River into Indiana (Abby's 8th State)
Paul got his first National Park Unit stamp at Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial near Dale, IN. They allege 150,000 people visit a year, but it wasn't too crowded. After a quick look at Lincoln's Boyhood home site, we were off to the Land of Lincoln, Illinois and across the whole state (Abby picked up a quick #9).

Then we crossed the mighty Mississippi into Missouri (Abby's 10th state). We pulled into St. Louis just in time to take a quick walk to the Arch before sunset.

Now Abby is sound asleep, having been lulled to bed by the Rockabye Baby! lullaby tunes (Green Day, No Doubt, Bob Marley in lullaby) that her dad put on the iPod for her (ok, he leaves them on long after she goes to sleep, so maybe they were for him too!)

Off to sleep...tomorrow we go up the Arch!
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