Day 4

Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2006

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

We got moving early (for us on vacation) this morning and were headed for our first Estate sale in St. Joseph Missouri at 8:30am. From there we moved onto a few of the local yard sales. The Estate sale was interesting, I found some things I would've found at home, but a lot of the stuff I had never seen before. Like it little history lesson. I picked up a small hand mirror that had a pretty handle. The yard sales have the same stuff I've found at home, kids clothes and toys and everyday dishes. The mirror was all I found for the morning. But we did have fun driving around town, looking at all the old houses on old shaded lots and taking lots of wrong turns.

By 11:30 we had wrapped up the sales and headed south down I29. In Kansas City we picked up I70 east. We stopped in Booneville for lunch around 2pm. After reviewing the motel prices in St.Louis and outside of St.Louis, we decided to stay the night in Fairview Heights Illionois which is about 15 miles East of St. Louis on I64. We also thought we would take another scenic detour off the freeway and follow the Missouri River for a little ways. The plan was to take exit 175, hwy 19 south, then head east to hwy 47 and Warrenton where we could get back on the Freeway.

Shortly after getting back on the freeway we ran into a massive thunderstorm. There were bolts of lightening up ahead, then the rain got so heavy that the drivers were pulling off the side of the freeway to wait it out. We followed them and also pulled over. It was hard to make out anything further than 1 car length. The folks that were crazy enough to keep driving were going slow and had their flashers on. After a good 10 minutes the rain had calmed enough that we could see about 4 car lengths ahead, so we headed out again. The storm looked like it would never let up and we didn't want to be out in that mess in the dark. The lightening and rain continued all the way through St.Louis. Along about now we were thankful we had decided to pass through St.Louis instead of trying to find our way to a motel downtown in this driving storm. Needless to say, the thunderstorm ended all plans for a detour along the Missouri river, somehow with the driving rain and thunder and back road along a river just didn't sound like the smartest place to be.

Fairview Heights was down to a sprinkle by the time we pulled into the motel lot. I found out inside that the storm was only moving 8mph, at that rate and as big as it was we were glad that we had not waited it out.

There was a TGIF next door to our motel. This was a welcome surprise, never thought we'd find that restaurant out this way. To top it off they were offering a 10% discount for motel guests, so we were able to get a delicious dinner at a good price.

I didn't get any pictures today, but promise to make up for it tomorrow. But then we did run into a thunderstorm - sounds like a good excuse to me. I did pull out my automatic camera and try to get shots of the lightening. I won't know until I get them developed if they turned out. There was no way my digital would work, lightening is just too fast for my slow to respond digital camera. In fact it was hit and miss to get any of the lightening with the automatic camera. You never know where it's going to hit which makes it a little difficult to know where to aim and focus. I figure the pictures will either be really good and really really bad.

One oddity that struck us funny, was that instead of regular mile posts every mile or every 5 miles or whatever is normal - I've never really taken time to watch them that closely. But, they sure stood out in Missouri. Mile post are every tenth of a mile -- there will be 20.0, 20.2, 20.4, 20.6, 20.8, 21.0, etc. On and on that way down the Interstate. I've no idea why they put so many mile posts up, seems like an awful waist of money. There was one other oddity that we just had to laugh at. It took awhile before I figured out what it was all about. At the exits, besides an exit number and a hwy number or name there would be a letter or a group of letters on the sign. Such as G, F, WW, AC, etc. Really didn't make any sense, then I started looking closer at the map and those letters are the names of the roads. One of the strangest things I've ever heard of. Not enough names to go around to name all the roads in the state? Or everyone is too busy to think up a name and just assign letters to the roads? Anyway, so far that is my oddity for the trip, besides that antique store on my welcome page.
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