Ted and Judy left us in Tokyo for a few weeks; in fact, they decided to cross the entire U.S. without us. So here’s their scheme: Start in the middle – Kansas and Oklahoma – Move on from there to the East Coast hitting North Carolina, then driving back to the middle at St. Louis, Missouri. After going back to North Carolina, they head straight for the West Coast and park in Washington/Oregon. I might be jealous, but that just sounds too tiring.
Anyway, from here on, you can read and see the adventure through their eyes:
Driving down the road in Tennessee.
Looking at food signs getting really huun-gry.
Reached for a snack, in a sack in the back.
But the snack sack spilled; and it was filled.
Now there are peanuts on the floor,
spreading from door to door.
What a mess; I’m feelin’ stress.
Turn on the radio, need some audio:
It’s country music playing real loud!
Johnny Cash must be proud!
“Sunday Sidewalk feeling blue, his boy is named Sue. He’s got no clue.
Daddy, Daddy why’d you name me Sue? Hush up, boy or I’ll be bustin’ you.
My baby threw me out of the car after we left the bar. It don’t feel right
looking at her tail light!”
Don’t you just love the words to a country song?
It made our trip seem a bit less long.
It’s been fun to pass the time, With this silly little rhyme.
Gotta go now. By my estimation, we’ve already reached our destination.
We rode in a little yellow vehicle that looked like an egg to the top of a big beautiful arch in St. Louis.
(See figure 1)
I’m not talking about the Golden Arches of McDonalds; I’m talking about the GATEWAY TO THE WEST ARCH located in St. Louis. It’s a beautiful work of art and engineering.
In the beginning conservatives on the right could not agree with the liberals on the left and the two ends could not get together. Some things never change. As you can see, the result was a great big OOPS! (See figure 2)
In this case the architects and engineers were much smarter than the Republicans and Democrats. Fortunately the two opposite ends eventually met together to form a beautiful arch. (see figure 3)
When you get to the top you are hatched from the egg and the first thing you see are the backsides of hundreds of people bent over peering out of windows looking down on St. Louis.
This is definitely not the most flattering view of the tourist, but once you get your own window, the view of St Louis is great.
You may say that the Golden Arches of McDonalds are more well-known than the Arch in St Louis, but you can’t ride to the top of the Golden Arches of McDonalds in an egg. So there!!!
The whole experience added up to really good fun in the sun day. By the way – St. Louis barbecue is really good; you should try it sometime! Don’t eat too much. You’ll never fit in the egg.
But perhaps you’d like to visit a different place, closer to the ground. Judy had this opinion:
“Antique Archaeology, showroom of the American Pickers! This place was awesome!”
And the kids loved the St. Louis City Museum.
On the Road Again
After a great reunion with all the kids and grandkids, it was back to North Carolina for a little home relaxation.
Started great – coffee with Judy. Then came the hard work, the yard work. Such fun in the sun. Mowing grass, working fast, drinking ice tea from a tall, tall glass.
We found a real good way to end the day. Miles won the race – what can I say. Our grandson Miles is a real good swimmer, just look at the picture – he’s a real winner.
Then, it seemed such a waste for everyone not to be able to enjoy the cool water, so a trip to Sliding Rock was put in the plan.
But you really must see the experts do it! Down the Drain Ted