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Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So today we decided it would probably be the last day of our journey.  We woke up and made coffee in the Walmart parking lot just like the good ole days.  We thought we would try and make it to the the Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West,  which stands 630 feet tall, and is 630 feet wide at its base, making it the tallest monument in the United States.  We were looking forward to adding this to the list of the monuments we would climb this summer or get to the top of.  Unfortunately, Rusty had other plans.  Although he was willing to make a concession, we weren't able to make reservations for the time we wanted to go.  It all seemed too much work for everyone involved including finding a place for Monica to live during the adventure.  Clark and Ellen will just have to come back without the kids some day.  We drove past the enormous arch all the while Ellen was hanging out the windows trying to get a decent picture of the structure whizzing past at 75 miles per hour!  We continued on our path home only stopping for gas.  Ellen finally (the last day of the trip) got her RV legs under her enough to cook while on the run.  Not just sandwiches, but eggs for breakfast and Mac N Cheese for lunch.   HOT FOOD that wasn't microwaved!!!  The kids were pleased but made it known they were disappointed it took her that long.

Clark had one more stop up his sleeve.  We arrived in Colby Kansas around 6pm....just in time for dinner.  "Welcome to Steak Country kids!!!" "Oh, boy" rubbing his hands together, "there is nothing like a steak from Big Montana Mikes!  I can't wait to sink my teeth into one of the best tasting, biggest, and cheapest steaks in America!"  We entered the restaurant and were seated in a booth that could seat 12.  Clark couldn't decide between the 24oz Porterhouse or the 22oz. Sirloin.  He ordered Mike's 22 oz  Big Montana Steak.  A sirloin to satisfy a Clark-sized appetite and it was only $16.99.  WOWEE!!  The kids thought Ellen and Clark had lost their minds until they too tried the infamous steak.  They too were believers!

With our tummies full we headed over to the gas station.  Two reason.....of course gas and yes, the last key chain.  We didn't get one for Audrey on the way out.....so naturally we had to do it now!  Not as easy as one might think.  We had to go to the station across the street.  We found one that suited her wants and almost bought Clark a magazine with who on the front?  Yes, Paula Deen!  We can't get away from the woman.

It felt good to be heading home, yet there was a sadness.  The trip of a lifetime had come to an end.  In fact, when we pulled up to the house around midnight, Ellen wanted to sleep in the RV!
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