Long Day, Great Results!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Jul 16, 2010

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day two has come to an end and we made excellent time. Considering this is one of our long driving days our spirits are high and we look forward to continuing westward tomorrow.

We began the day in the foothills of Tennessee heading towards Nashville and the gently rolling landscape was lush and green. The Nashville Skyline is a little different than I remember it as a kid when I visited here with my Grandparents and the marks of a full-fledged metropolis sat comfortably among the woodsy surroundings.

From Nashville it was on to the farmland of western Kentucky and Illinois. Red barns, silos, cows, and lonely farmhouses nestled quietly among the mounded fields of corn. A beautifully simple view of the tradition that has guided this country since the Cumberland Gap was cut and forged through the Appalachians.

We crossed the mighty Mississippi River shortly after 2PM and viewed the Gateway Arch from several miles away as we approached St. Louis. We decided to have a picnic lunch under the Arch and to our surprise a large July 4th festival was happening with live music, street vendors, and food that made the stop last a little longer than expected. Some of the streets had been closed off so we inadvertently got a driving tour of St. Louis and watched as throngs of Cardinal fans got warmed up before the baseball game that evening.

Since we gained an hour as we moved west we had plenty of time to enjoy the world famous Arthur Bryant’s BBQ in Kansas City which did not disappoint. It is a short walk from the 18th and Vine area which also claims to be the birthplace of Jazz and the short strip of restored historic buildings flash neon signs that declare that heritage. As a big Jazz fan I would have liked to see a more raw tribute to the art form, but it was cool nonetheless.

After our plentiful portions of home fries, ribs, and sliced pork sandwiches we headed on to the hotel for a good night’s rest before we spill onto the great plains and enter the Badlands of South Dakota tomorrow.

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