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Day 5 – The Arch Inside

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Day 5 – The Arch Inside

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…

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Day 5 – Gateway Arch

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Day 5 – Gateway Arch

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.

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Day 5 – Good Morning Saint Louis

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Day 5 – Good Morning Saint Louis

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.

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Day 4 – Rolling in to Saint Louis

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Day 4 – Rolling in to Saint Louis

Rolling in to Saint Louis We’re rolling in to Saint Louis and surrounding areas.  I saw the arch for a brief moment, but we were in a no-stopping-zone so I couldn’t get a photo. We saw this brick church and stopped to photograph it.  While churches may not be the most popular thing on Route…

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Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

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Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

Saint Louis is Getting Closer.  After leaving the turkey tracks (which were on a side alignment), we  came across Polly’s Restaurant.  It seems like Polly’s is closed down.

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

Traveling to Saint Louis continued, we leave the cobblestone highway and we come upon this…

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

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Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let’s make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 — Illinois and Missouri.  We’re leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln’s Tomb.

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Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

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Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

We’re still on Day 3 in this recap as we drive from Lincoln to Springfield.  Illinois is definitely the land of Lincoln.  You can’t go anywhere without seeing some reference to Abraham Lincoln.

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Day 3 – Beyond Normal

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Day 3 – Beyond Normal

Beyond Normal As we head southwest, beyond Normal, Illinois, we continue to find interesting things and people. Coming from Western New York where maple syrup is a staple food, it was fun to see a sugar house on Route 66.  Funks Grove is best known for pictures of a barn with colorful Adirondack chairs (how…

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Topaz Labs

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Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs provided us with software for processing our images on our Route 66 Tour.  My hope was to process these images as we went along, however I didn’t realize how little time we would have.  We rushed to finish in 30 days.

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