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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 1st 2019

I got a fairly early start-7:00 AM, not bad. We said our goodbyes and even my grand nephew, Noah got in on the act. The route I took was designed to get me as much riding in Illinois on US 50, so I went straight south on two lane highways to Olney, IL where I headed west on US 50. It made the trip to South County St. Louis considerably longer. It was 360 miles to the hotel. I got in at 3:00 PM. It was a fairly uneventful trip with the only crummy time having to ride the interstates to get around St. Louis. I caught a couple light showers and put on the rain gear for a couple hours, no big deal. It was overcast the whole way so that kept the heat from ... read more
Goodbye
Noah Wishing Me Well

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 7th 2019

Our big trip is only a week away. This is a new blog site, because my old one went away. Hopefully this works. You probably received an email notifying you of this post. Sort of a test. If you don't want to read, just ignore the emails or let me know to take you off the list. Our trip: Dot and I leave next Monday afternoon. We fly to Chicago, then to London. We are going to spend a few days in London, mainly going to the theatre. We have tickets to 2 shows. Then we will take the train from London to Scotland for the main portion of our trip. We will start with a few days in Edinburgh, then rent a car and head for the Scottish Highlands. (We have been watching the Outlander ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 23rd 2019

Back in 1994 we took our 1st ocean cruise. Fast forward to today and it is almost time for us to take our 21stcruise. On some of our previous cruises we have done some really unusual things (like riding an overgrown wicker basket down the streets of Funchal Madera, or walking on the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies, or transiting through the locks of the Panama Canal), and have seen some remarkable things (like the 12 Apostles jutting up from the sea along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia, or seeing the 70 meter hand-stitched Bayeux Tapestry), and have visited some incredible locations (like the palaces of St Petersburg, the Cathedrals of Rome, or rounding Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America). Yes there have been some real special highlights during many ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 19th 2018

Saturday morning, May 19th, we departed from Oak Brook, Illinois heading to St. Louis. This would be one of our longest legs of the trip, about 270 miles. I researched the location of Route 66 before departing Atlanta. The route starts in Chicago but is pretty congested these days in the beginning. So, I waited until we reached Pontiac, Illinois before leaving I-55. We noticed right away that there was a Route 66 museum located here. I visited the museum while Jackie stayed in the car. I enjoyed what I saw and recommend it for anyone with an interest in this history. Since Jackie was still in the car, I grabbed a map and we drove about 20 miles along the Old Route 66. Wow, it is scenic but it doesn't take long to understand why ... read more
Route 66
Route 66
Route 66

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 8th 2017

Note the ‘que’ in parque. You might think it exudes elegance. Up and out of Branson at 8:30 Saturday morning. We had a 270 or so mile trip to St. Louis, one of our longest days, over roads we were not sure were not flooded (sorry, something about double negatives there.) I find the MODot web site very poor, and the app that you must download to use the website on your iPhone is even worse. Very frustrating. Google maps wasn’t much better for showing us closed roads. Son, Tim, suggested WAZE and the problem with that, if there are no cars driving on the road there is no data for that road and the app doesn’t show the roads closed. We drove by the seat of our pants. The condition of the US and Interstate ... read more
Ginnie tip toeing thru the construction. That is the south leg
Mississippi flood waters at Arch
Look carefully. The gangplank is under water

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 16th 2016

Hello from the Ozarks! Yesterday Marc caught a striped bass. We went to dinner with our friend Jake in Eureka Springs and he took us on a brief tour of The Crescent Hotel which is unbelievably unique and spooky. Several ghost tours were going on as we were there. Many thanks to Jake for his hospitality! Today we drove from Eureka Springs to Granite City, Illinois, just outside of St Louis. We drove through Blue Ete AR with a population of 38! What?! Later we drove right through the St Louis and got a great view of the Arch. Of course the highlight of my day was getting the Bills' play by play online and great commentary from my extended family! Go Bills! We have now been through 16 states and have passed through Arizona and ... read more
Celebrating with a great beer in historic Eureka Springs
Blue Eye Pop. 38
State number 16

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 22nd 2016

I met up with Bev, and together we drove towards Chesterville, Ontario (close to Ottawa) to meet up with Fred; Beverley's Dad. He had invited us to come along with him on a road trip in the states. For months he had been working on a project to fix up one of his hot rods. We would be traveling in a white 1927 Model T. The body, hood, and the bed were all original. The car was made into a hot rod in 1965, with various components being added. The engine was a 1979 single four barrel 283 Chevy with, and had a 350 turbo automatic transmission with a Ford eight inch differential. Fred had laboriously built a roof cover made of vinyl, which had been stuffed with some sort of foam. He had hit a ... read more
The Arch
Hugs in Cleveland
Group Shot in Dwight

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis August 11th 2015

Introduction During my weekend getaway on the Metra, I thought a little bit bigger about how I could do a weekend trip and it dawned on me that Saint Louis was an option at least until the end of the summer. For me, I am fortunate to have friends who landed summer internships in the St. Louis area and were willing to have me in for a weekend. A day trip from Chicago to Saint Louis isn't really out of the question, but it would only leave you with 3 hours of the afternoon to enjoy the city. Thanks to my friends, I was able to enjoy a longer stay since I had a free place to stay for the night. Three posts in, and I am now getting around to a blog that hinges on ... read more
Gateway Arch
Arch Tram
St. Louis City Museum

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 20th 2015

Today we decided to make the most of Chicago before heading off on the first leg of the journey. After checking out we drove 30 mins into downtown Chicago and found a parking place for 10 dollars for the day thanks to an app called "Parkopedia" (fully recommend!). We took a walk up through Grants park where we passed some good sights including odd Iron leg structures and the beautiful Buckingham fountain. We did a cheeky "selfie" by the fountain which spurred a nice American couple from Ohio to take one of us both which Mandie has. We also caught a couple of good shots of an old dude making HUGE bubbles! This led on up to Millennium Park where they were holding a massive outside group workout by the pavilion which was next to the ... read more
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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 10th 2015

After a week of intense conference going, I had a packet of rib-flavoured chips for breakfast. Yum! You can hear the crinkle and crunch in this photo. By the time, I got to Colorado...... read more




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