Happy Day, I'm on the road! I flew into St Louis yesterday for a visit with relatives spread out from Fort Riley, Kansas, all the way to Cinncinnati -- it's been a great ride so far.
I completed the first section with a run from St Louis over through Kansas City to Fort Riley on I-70. It's rained quite a bit, including never letting up overnight in central Kansas -- my son's horses are up to their bellies in water at Ft Riley! But it didn't have much effect on roads or traffic overall -- there have been no delays.
After a short visit with my son (an Army helicopter crew chief), I raced back to St Louis today and will begin the eastern loop of the trip tomorrow.
Tonight, I had barbecue at Concordia MO -- at Biffle's -- it was OK, but I was expecting greatness -- I mean after all, this was the Kansas City area! (OK means good food, just not spectacular). I get a little irritated at conspicuous counter tip jars -- since when does counter service warrant tips? :) They didn't give any table service whatsover, not even to check on the need for drink refills! Oh well. Anyway, the folks were mid-west USA friendly and I didn't go away hungry -- didn't leave anything left on the plate either.
Trivia! In Kansas, milepost 342 to 350 on I-70 is historically-marked as the very first stretch of interstate highway opened in the USA -- so I paid homage as I sped past by toasting it with a quick slug of Deja Blue bottled water! I also found markers on the Missouri stretches of I-70 crediting Dwight Eisenhour's influence in creating our present day interstate system -- his interest began back around 1919 with a cross-country roadtrip that took 62 days! Whoa! No wonder he wanted the interstates built!
Keep it between the fenceposts! Bob