Here we are at the end of our first full week. On day 7 we run in to a man I read about before starting this journey. He goes by Gee (because people have a difficult time with his first name). Gee is walking all of Route 66. He started in California and will end in Chicago.
Finding Uranus sounds gross when you say it aloud, but seriously… wait… who can be serious about a town named Uranus?
Leaving Rolla Before leaving Rolla, I had a nice sit down chat with the manager of our hotel. She talked about how busy updates and upgrades keep a hotel manager. Breakfast had sausage gravy and biscuits. I added extra protein with a couple of sausage patties. Not bad for an included breakfast. A good way…
We didn’t have trouble finding Rolla. It’s a pretty good sized town. Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.
I keep wanting to say, “Rella”, when it is “Rolla”. Why? Because that’s the way the locals say it. I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho. Either way, we’re on our way there.
Sunday and I screwed up. I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night. Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night. Going forward, we’ll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place.
I’m off to church this morning. I found a local ward meeting at 9 a.m. today. Sacrament Meeting is first, so I’ll go there. This will give Paul a couple of hours to pack up.
Day 5 – Our next big stop – the Chain of Rocks Bridge. This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend. Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk. As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time. It closes at dusk.
The Arch Inside The arch inside is like a theme park attraction. You enter and go below the arch (in the basement). You’ll find a gift shop, displays and more. This mural shows how the arch compares with other national monuments. It’s taller than Mt. Rushmore! It makes the Statue of Liberty look tiny. It’s…
The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument. It’s not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit. Okay… It’s a government owned tourist trap.
Good morning Saint Louis! You have us for two days. We are excited to be here. Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood – a suburb of Saint Louis. It’s called the Route 66 Holiday Inn.
Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized. We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today. It was dark when we arrived so we didn’t get to see much.