Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Phase 1 Day 3

I may be getting old!!! despite someone calling Helene on her cel by mistake this morning at 6 a.m. I slept until close to 9 a.m. - I haven't slept this long since I was 20!! Maybe I'm tired from driving? or could it be the free poured Jack Daniel's I had at the restaurant last night?
Regardless we were out of Sioux Falls by 10 a.m. and on our way to Kansas City - except we didn't realize that I-29 was basically closed between Council Bluffs and Kansas City. So we took the detours - a few hours worth of detours - but it was worth it. The "back country" of Iowa and Missouri are beautiful areas - corn growing as far as the eye can see. What was interested to us was that there were no farm yards or farm houses - just acres of corn - likely corporate farms - we were reminded that this is the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant and he is owned by big agriculture.

We finally got back to the big four lane highways and realized that Nashville was out of reach.

So here we are in Chesterfield, Missouri - just outside of St. Louis - a nice little community - with a Maserati dealership and a great restaurant called Annie Gunns.

We tucked away in the Hilton Garden Inn - as usual I am grateful to Conrad for having his hotels everywhere and looking forward to a big driving day tomorrow - unless of course the construction and detours get in the way