Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
46Trip End Oct 02, 2013
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Thanks to Comcast I couldn't access my computer at home last night. As a result, I couldn't access some information I have on interesting things to do in Indianapolis so I started the day unprepared. I thought I'd start by trying the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, which I had the address for. Unfortunately, when I got there I discovered they're closed Wednesdays.
Next I tried the Indiana Medical History Museum. Unfortunately, it's also closed on Wednesdays.
For my third attempt at finding a museum, I went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. It was open.
The museum has a large collection of race cars. Most of them raced at the Indianapolis 500 but there were a few that had raced in other events. In addition, they had displays of race memorabilia and a theater where they showed a short movie about the history of the track and the race. I liked the museum and at $5 I thought it was a bargain.
Next I headed for St. Louis. I had a dinner reservation at Niche Restaurant in Clayton, a suburb of St. Louis. When I drove through this part of the country around this time last year I saw mile after mile of dead crops. This year the corn looks great. It's a pleasant change from last year when I found mile after mile of dead fields rather depressing.
The downtown area of Clayton where Niche is located turned out to be a rather nice area with a number of restaurants and bars and lots of people walking around. This is a big difference from what I've seen in downtown St. Louis where in the evenings it looks like they set of a neutron bomb and killed all the people because the streets are deserted. On time when I was there a hockey game ended and suddenly the streets were filled with people. Within a half hour there was nobody in sight.
Another thing I couldn't access on my home computer last night is information about how I learned about Niche, which might have helped me decide what I should order. I wound up ordering their longer tasting menu with most of the vegetarian substitutions. I thought the dinner was very good.
I walked to my car and headed for my hotel. I went in, registered and got a key. I went to the room and found that either it hadn't been made up or someone was already in the room. I went back to the desk and got another key. That room was definitely occupied by someone else. I went back again. I was told that I'd get a refund for the room for my trouble. That was nice.
The third time the person at the desk went and checked the room first to make sure it was unoccupied but I quickly discovered that the door didn't lock because the latches were out of alignment with the holes in the frame. After my experience, I wanted to bolt the door but the deadbolt couldn't be set either. Fortunately, there was one of the latches you push over the peg sticking out from the edge of the door to keep it from opening, which will work fine as long as I'm in the room but can't be set when I'm not such as when I go to breakfast tomorrow morning.