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  • Day108

    Route 66: St. Louis

    September 27 in the United States

    Von Springfield, Missouri, geht es weiter nach St. Louis, Missouri, wobei die Stadt in zwei verschiedenen Staaten liegt und vom Mississippi geteilt wird. Die Fahrt verläuft gut. Der Stadtverkehr hält uns letztlich allerdings doch etwas auf. In und um die größeren Städte kommt der Verkehr nach unserer bisherigen Erfahrung häufiger mal zum Erliegen oder es geht zumindest nur sehr langsam voran. Der Rest des Tages verläuft wie üblich: Einchecken (dauert heute ewig), frisch machen und dann ab zum Essen.

    Morgens sind wir entsprechend nicht ganz so erholt wie sonst. Passenderweise ist heute ein Ruhetag in St. Louis eingeplant. die Gruppe teilt sich ein wenig auf, sodass jede(r) tun kann, was sie/er möchte. Wir fahren zu Fünft im Auto in die Innenstadt, um uns die Sehenswürdigkeiten anzuschauen.

    Der erste Eindruck aus dem Auto und auf den ersten Metern ist der einer eher leicht heruntergekommenen Stadt. Das relativiert sich aber später im Zentrum, da hier auch einige gepflegte Grünflächen sind und die Stadt nicht zu hektisch ist. Zuerst allerdings schauen wir uns den Gateway Arch an, das Wahrzeichen der Stadt, die auch als "Gateway to the West" bezeichnet wird. Das symbolisiert der riesige Bogen, der in den 1960ern erbaut wurde und Innen eine Art Gondel beherbegt, mit der man in den relativ ebenen Part an der Spitze fahren kann. Wir entscheiden uns dafür es auszuprobieren und quetschen uns nach dem Kauf der überraschend vernünftig bepreisten Tickets und etwas Wartezeit in eine kleine Kugel, die genau für fünf Leute ausgelegt ist. Man hat das Gefühl, in einem Mini-Mini-U-Boot zu stecken, aber der Ausblick über die Stadt einerseits und den Mississippi andererseits entschädigen dafür ausreichend. Man darf zudem so lange oben bleiben, wie man möchte. Wieder unten angekommen gönnen wir uns einen Snack und schauen uns noch ein wenig im dazugehörigen Museum zum Arch und dem Westen der USA um. Es ist eher geschichtlich orientiert, behandelt aber auch den Western in der Literatur, wobei sogar der Name Karl May fällt. Auch die Geschichte ist recht interessant, insbesondere die Ausbreitung der USA und der Krieg mit Mexiko, das einige Zeit vorher noch New Spain hieß. Weite Teile des Südens der USA waren historisch gesehen spanisches bzw. mexikanisches Gebiet, was auch einige Namensgebungen erklärt.

    Soviel dazu... Wir schlendern anschließend noch ein wenig durch die Innenstadt und schauen uns das nahegelegene alte Gerichtsgebäude an und einen kleinen Stadtpark, wo wir uns dann auch auf einen Kaffee hinsetzen. Die Erkundungstour endet in einem Irish Pub, wo wir noch ein wenig zusammen sitzen und quatschen bevor es wieder zurück zum Hotel geht. Es folgt das gemeinsame Abendessen, allerdings nicht in derselben Lokalität wie gestern.
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  • Day66

    Southwest Chief to Albuquerque

    July 1, 2017 in the United States

    25 hrs on a double-decker Amtrak train from Chicago to Albuquerque...
    Its a hot sunny day as we leave bustling Chicago. Massive Lions Club parade and convention going on so street's are full of costumed international participants. Out through the flat Midwest again, those endless fields of corn and wheat until we hit Fort Madison on the Mississipi river then the country gets hillier and more interesting with lots of forested areas. Still under blue blue skies with puffy white clouds. Where in Iowa now and the landscape returns to cornfields barns and silos but this time with more forests and rivers too.
    It's another packed train because of the holidays and also full of noisy boy scouts. The headphones come in handy as I'm also in a carriage with noisy children. Tried to sneak into my sleeper carriage early as it was empty but the conductor caught me and sent me back to coach :-)
    I do have it for 17hours though from Kansas City which we arrive at around 10pm. Looking forward to a sleeper cabin all to myself... I might actually get some sleep tonight.
    As with the train from NYC there are a lot of Amish or Menonites aboard in thier distinctive older style outfits the women all in long blue dresses and white bonnets, the men with under-the-chin beards, wide brim hats, white shirts and braces. I guess trains are allowed in thier strange olde world no machines existence. I'm amazed at just how many of them there are here in the US among all the blue jeans and t-shirts.
    Next stop Des Monies River, a tributary of the Mississipi before we cross the state line into Missouri and head for La Plata. No delays on the Southwest Chief so far, she's running like clockwork.
    The sleeper cabin is pretty comfortable a day large enough for me to fit on the bed. Didn't sleep much with the train jumping around and the whistle constantly blowing but well rested non the less. Up at 6am and off to breakfast where I shared my table with 3 boy scouts. They are all off to Philmont for a big scouting Jamboree.
    Breakfast pretty good too... Omelette, bacon, fries, salsa and guacamole.
    Scenery is a mix of wheat fields and scrubland now as we approach the Kansas/Colorado state line. We also pass what I can only describe as a massive cow farm. Holding pens for stock movement?
    Into Colorado now and the scrubland is getting dryer and browner. Some cows wandering around where once great herds of Bison roamed. Just passed the John Martin reservoir, the skeletal drowned bushes looking cool against the blue water. There's a large modern redbrick complex just beyond the lake, then we approach a place called Las Animas. Just outside town there is a large modern prison with hundreds of inmates visible beyond the barbed wire.

    We follow the Arkansas River into La Junta where we get a break stop and I get a chance to stretch my legs. South and west of La Junta the landscape starts to change to pinnon clad mesas and gullys and the Rocky Mountains appear through the haze on the horizon. Next stop Trinidad, Colorado.

    After Trinidad we climb slowly up through the Raton Pass following the old Santa Fe Trail and down into New Mexico to Raton. Stunning views on both sides of the pass. On the way back I will stay for a day in Raton and hope to get out and explore the Sugarite Canyon State Park.

    Ahhh, New Mexico. This is what I came here for. Stunning landscapes that speak to my heart. I have always wanted to visit and now I'm here Yippee!
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  • Day83

    TEMPUS FUGIT

    November 20, 2017 in the United States

    The weeks zip by and we are nearing the end of our journey.

    We travel North from the palm trees to the leafless oaks. December approaches. The days are short, the nights long and dark, the mornings crisp and clear. We drive toward the sunrise and we lose an hour, then regain 60 minutes, depending on our wandering path and the vagaries of time zones. In Arizona, the huge Navajo nation uses daylight savings time (like the rest of the State), but the small Hopi reservation (which is surrounded by Navajo) does not. While we are there, daylight savings time ends and even our cellphones display the wrong hour. Unlike Phileus Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days, we have no deadline — but in 2017 it is impossible to be unaware of time.

    I find myself wondering how things have changed in the time we have been away.

    Time to go!
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  • Day8

    Dot 39

    November 6 in the United States

    On the way to Utah at a rest stop for my dot 30. Hope everyone is doing good.

    On a side note loves does not do anything related to exhaust or AC lol just saying. 22 hours more and we will be at the final.

    Saw a cool bridge and the at Louis arch and a building have ripped off by the wind lol. Finally stopped raining.Read more

  • Day6

    St louis gateway arch

    May 25, 2017 in the United States

    Best view so far, only 630 feet / 192meter.
    A little vertigo when leaning out..

    Almost didn't make it as we were 45 min too late for the scheduled (and we thought last) trip up for the day. Thankfully very very nice people letting us up anyway

  • Day38

    Branson, Missouri

    May 11 in the United States

    Kristia suggested we head to Branson Missouri for the day. It is a 2 hour drive to the neighboring state, which is a town full of lots of very different activities. It's like a holiday town, very touristy with lots to do. The kids got to miss school today and kristias

    Our original idea was to go and see Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner show but with the cost and timing it wasn't ideal for the kids. Instead we went to a pretty basic water park but the kids had a blast and it was only $15 a person. It had 2 water slides, a fast but short lazy river, a toddlers pool, a basketball pool, 2 hot tubs and a kids area to climb and water play.

    We spent a few hours there after we had a lunch on the boardwalk and our entire party of all ages had fun. After being water logged we stayed in the same complex and the kids were able to choose one more activity. Charlotte and Brandon did glow in the dark mini golf, Isabelle did go karts, and maverick and Kristia did some zombie 3D game thing.

    As it was another 2 hour drive back we had to have some dinner. Josh was over going out to dinner with the kids so we googled a park, got a pizza and enjoyed dinner at the park. The park was right next to a cute creek, so before we got back into the car we let Brandon and Inara play in the creek before we put PJs on.
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  • Day52

    Gateway Arch - St Louis, MO

    July 21, 2017 in the United States

    Walked from the Old Courthouse to the North entrance of the Arch, boy was it hot, glad to get through security to the air conditioned visitor centre. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument. Clad in stainless steel and built in 1965 it is an inverted, weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch and tallest man-made structure in the Western Hemisphere. A tram takes us to the top, pods of 5 people squashed in and a 4 min ride. Views from the top are breathtaking, the city one side & the Mississippi River and our RV park behind the Casino Queen on the other.Read more

  • Day52

    Old Courthouse - St Louis, MO

    July 21, 2017 in the United States

    Impressive building, now a museum where Former slave Dred Scott sued for freedom in 1846.
    Exhibits include the story of the settlement of Early St. Louis (1764-1804), depicting the unique lifestyle of the original French residents and their American Indian trading partners. The second gallery, called Exploring the West (1804-1840), tells the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the American period of the fur trade and the mountainmen. The third gallery is entitled Clash of Cultures (1840-1890), and describes the way of life of plains Indian tribes, the pioneer movement and settlement of the far west, and the treatment of American Indians from the reservation era to today.Read more

  • Day54

    St Louis Zoo, Forest Park

    July 23, 2017 in the United States

    Trip to Forest Park the venue for the 1904 World Fair and 1904 Olympics. It is known as the "Heart of St. Louis" and features a variety of free attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. We did not get any further than the Zoo, which is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education. Great day out and so much good work being done here to ensure species do not become extinct. Highlight was Moyo, a male black rhinoceros calf born May 17, 2017 weighing 130lbs, he now tips the scales at over 280lbs. Oh the butterfly house was amazing too, the sweet smell of the flowers and butterflies flying round us were awesome !!Read more

  • Day10

    Sullivan, United States

    September 13, 2016 in the United States

    Back on the route, exiting St Louis around 3pm, we stopped at the route 66 famous Fresh Donuts shop and Ted Drewer's Custards. The latter serves frozen custard called "concretes" upside down to show its thickness. Is this where the Blizzard got his serving points? So so good. What I've loved the most about all these little shops along the route is they're locally owned, small shops that perfectly portray small town America.

    Eureka
    State 66 State Park visitors center - Got a great map ! Also did my dishes of our morning's cereal in their washroom sinks. Glamorous life on the road.

    Pacific
    Exposed mining tunnels

    Stanton
    Meramec Caverns - So many things to say. We were warned the Meramac caverns were very touristy, and not as "rock" oriented as the other caves in the area, but when on route 66, let's do it ! The tour starts off showing off its large disco dance floor complete with a disco ball coming down from the ceiling. Remember, we're in a cavern. So a disco ball coming down from the ceiling means a wire bolted into the cavern's rock top. It was put there because the cave was and is privately owned, and it was used as the social hall for dances and gatherings of the young. The cave is so big, cars would drive in and park inside the front portion of the cave. They tell the story of Jesse James who evaded the police by finding a different way out then the massive front entrance. The guide took about 5 minutes describing the details of a Lassy episode which was shot in the cave. In that 5 minute description, there was a 1 minute blurb about Lassy having to spend the night in the cave. There was a fake movie set still in place out on the rock formations. In the hour long tour, he spoke about the rocks and stalagmites for a total of maybe 15 minutes. And what cavern tour would be complete without a 5 minute movie clip playing against the stalagmites depicting different "American" (said with enthusiasm and an accent) things, with Céline Dion belting out the National anthem in the back ground?

    Sullivan
    We had food, trying to waste time for sleep time. We planned on sleeping in the walmart parking lot, but opted for the truck across the street instead. Picture my mighty accent, in line with 18 wheelers. So cute.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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