Experiencing America > A Trip Through Corn, Sunflowers, & Mo...2010 > Day 3

Day THREE...
Saturday, June 19, 2010


This day started early...as in sun barley starting to come up early. The goal...follow the Interstate 70 corridor west. Get post offices and courthouses from our sister sites. Also add content from the State of Kansas. Which by the way ranks #3 on my most disliked states... Do not worry Ohio and Indiana your ranking of #1 and #2 still hold firm.

Back to State 2!!...Missouri...

With a brief stop at a QuikTrip in St. Peters for a Coke and a Post-Dispatch it was westward bound. At Boonville we exit the highway and start venturing along the northside of the Interstate 70 corridor through areas of Marshall, Carrollton, and Lexington to name a few. While along this trip some of the road trip staples were hard to find...super hero, things on sticks, Kentucky Fried Chicken with old logo and bucket...but we did find a rare thing...a Casey's General Store that does not sell dognuts...odd.

The Casey's in Marshall.
So someone failed to mention it had just rained alot in the area...to the point that most roads in the area along the Missouri River were flooded. To head west from Carrollton you have two choices...Missouri 10, flooded, or a secondary route, open. So we took the open road, only to find 10 miles out of town it was closed...with no detour. Our Magellen detoured use to a township road a few miles back...that was a wet mud/clay combo. This ment mudding for the Endevor. Where the GPS took us on this random road, was to Missouri 10, under four feet of water. Hit the detour option on the GPS again and more mudding. Have to tip my hat to the good folks and the North American Motor Works in Normal, Illinois. They build a hell of a motor carrage. We finally get back on to surface road and head toward Lexington. At Lexington we did find a road trip staple...the giant cross.

We did find a cross at Lexington...not sure where he was going or the point of this...

At Odessa we jumped back on the interstate, I-70, and head to KC, Kansas City. Here we were greeted by a huge storm...and huge was and under statement.

Looking west at the storm as we head down I-70 near I-470.


State #3!!...Kansas...

By the time we get to the west side of the Kansas City Metro Area we cleared the heavy wind and down pouring rain.

A sign at the toll plaza on the turnpike.

So what you do in Kansas in or right after a rain storm is gun it out of the gate at the toll booth hydro-plane into the barrier in the middle of the highway and crash. Stupid drivers, reason 1 on the list that makes Kansas #3 on my list.

Now it is out to Topeka. The glorious state capital of Kansas. A good place for historical sites, good tastes of the state, and plenty to do. Nope...Reason 2 on what got Kansas a spot behind Ohio and Indiana. Three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, everything...I repeat everything in Downtown Topeka is closed. The shops, resturants, everything. Our experience for good old taste of Kansas cooking a Burger King.

The Kansas State Capital.

To head back to Kansas City we followed U.S. 24 to Lawrence and Kansas 10 to the southwest portions of the Kansas City Metro. By the way...What is a Jayhawk? Who would want to be one? Reason 3.

Lovely real estate in Perry, KS. Reason 4.


Back to State 2!!...Missouri...


A quick loop on the odd interstate structure at Downtown Kansas City puts us back in Kansas.

Back to State 3!!...Kansas...

On the Kansas side of Kansas City we head to Interstate 635 for a few shield pics from the Kansas and Missouri portions then post office and courthouses from the Kansas side.

Back to State 2!!...Missouri...


Back to State 3!!...Kansas...

Now it is Five o'clock on a Saturday and we are in Downtown Kansas City, Kansas...and what is happening...nothing...ghost town... One word Kansas, you have to have things open for tourists...Reason 5...

Back to State 2!!...Missouri...

So we head back to the Missouri side of the metro and there are people on the streets, stuff to do, great arts district...Missouri gets it... Kansas look across the river and take some notes!

Looking east at Kansas City, Missouri from Interstate 670.

Looking along a street in downtown KC, MO.

Now the night ends with a trip back to Columbia, MO for sleep.

Day FOUR