Missouri Welcome Center
There were no state signs when we crossed into Missouri over the Mississippi River. Jackie was bummed. So, she captured this one in the rain to make up for that.
Monday morning, May 20th, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
When we checked in last night at the hotel, I asked the check-in clerk what things we might see or do here before driving to Memphis. She confirmed that the movie "Gone Girl" was filmed here and that there was a route to see some of the filming sites. I also asked about Rush Limbaugh, since I knew this was his hometown. She quickly asked, "Are you a big conservative?" A little surprised, I answered yes. Then she told me that she attended Hillsdale College, a private university in Michigan. I told her that I had completed many of the Hillsdale College on-line classes. It is a small college but one of the best schools in the USA for study of the Constitution and American history.
The hotel did not have the city maps that I wanted but suggested that we go to the Visitor's Center for the info in the morning. So, that was our first stop. We then drove around and saw many of the sites, including Rush's childhood home. We also saw an impressive wall with nice murals of the history and many of famous Missourians.
Cape Giradeau, Missouri
This bar was in the movie, Gone Girl. You will remember if you saw the movie.
this drive around, we headed South for Memphis. The ride had one big surprise for us. We did not anticipate that the route would take us through parts of Arkansas. Jackie was quick to capture the state sign so that much was good. Another surprise was the crop grown in this part of the state. We must have passed 80-100 miles of rice fields (patties?). I had never seen rice crops so Jackie googled and confirmed that it was what we were seeing. The fields had rows with standing water for miles and miles. We were on I-55 which runs parallel with the Mississippi River.
As we left Arkansas, we passed over the Mississippi into Tennessee. This was a repeat state on our trip since we first entered two weeks earlier, on Sunday, May 6th.
Once we checked in we went for a short walk and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Then back in the hotel for a short break. We later toured some more as we headed for dinner. My nephew, Josh Dorsey, joined us. He lives in Atlanta but is working on a project that his company has with Fedex, which has headquarters here.
The restaurant was fabulousl. It is named The Flight. What is unique is that all menu items can be served in flights. Jackie had a bubbly flight of wines to start and later a white wine flight. The entrees are also served that way. Jackie had three portions of fish and I had three of beef. The portions are small but when there are three, it is filling.
After dinner we said goodbye to Josh and headed back for our last night in a hotel.
We plan to drive all the way back to Atlanta tomorrow. I plan to do one last blog later to highlight some of the stats from our trip.
Hope you enjoyed. We sure did.
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