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Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Americas Best Value Inn Downtown St. Louis

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Set off from Bloomington pretty early (well, for us anyway...9am) (oh actually, Ness just informed me it was 10am..still...its before mid-day).

Started off along old Rout 66 to a place called Funks Grove – furthest place south and west in North America that still makes maple "sirup".

Stopped in a small town called Atlanta which had more murals on building walls, a bright yellow smiley face water tower, and Bunyan's Giant Hotdog Statue (similar to the Gemini Giant we saw yesterday).

Visited Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois and had a good lil history lesson of Nessy. Oak Ride Cemetery was actually really beautiful and the weather suddenly got so so hot as we headed further south.

Stopped in downtown Springfield for lunch at Blue Moon Cafe – yummiest chicken Caesar salad ever! Walked to Lincoln Home National Historic Site – a preserved 1860 neighbourhood and house where Lincoln lived. It was too beautiful! Especially in the sunshine. Felt like I was looking at a postcard picture of his house, definitely like none you get in England. Ness got real excited inside when she got to touch the original stair banister that Lincoln himself would have touched.

Decided we definitely deserved/needed some frozen yogurt afterwards as it was just so hot in Springfield!!!! 28 celsius!

Stopped off at Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton. Such a cute little quirky road side stop with lots of cool old route 66 memorabilia (gas pumps, burnt out/rusty cars, some standing on end in the ground). The little old man in the shop was too lovely! So was the giant bunny rabbit he had sat on the desk and all the others he had outside.

Attempted our fist petrol fill up (or should I say gas) at a Phillips 66 station :D ! Needless to say the “10% added ethanol” and “87/88/89” signs confused me! I just wanted to make sure I put unleaded petrol in the car and not something else that would break it lol! Unfortunately Dad wasn’t there to help so we had to make do with help from a kind chap who saw that we were struggling and told us “I hope you girls don’t get a flat tire” (I hope so too!!!!!).

Went to see the Chain of Rocks bridge in St.Louis (the one route 66 site that me and Ness were not impressed with) – it wasn’t anything special, just looked like a normal old crappy bridge, but not even a cool, rusty, falling-apart antiquey type bridge. Lol

Arrived at St.Louis after crossing the Illinois-Missouri stateline – unfortunately we couldn’t get out and take piccys as we were crossing a busy bridge over the Mississippi river.

We checked in at America’s Best Value Inn Downtown which was literally a 2 min walk away from Lacledes Landing (area of renovated warehouse that is now bars and restaurants). We ate at Morgan Street Brewery which was almost lodge like with wooden beams and massive Buffalo’s head on the wall. We thoroughly enjoyed and got our use out of the throw away table cloth and the colourful kids crayons while we waited for our food.

Wandered to the Gateway Arch after dinner – a massive metal structure by the Mississippi River. It looked good at night time with lights reflecting on it but unfortunately didn’t pose well for photographs in the dark.

We returned to Lacledes Landing, and the streets were heaving with people. Probably for a number of reasons – hot weather, it was a Saturday, there was a big baseball game on, and it seemed to be Prom Night (the carriages and major bright tacky dresses would suggest so anyway).

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