Today we made it across three states. We started in Ohio this morning, crossed into Indiana, drove across to Illinois, and we are now at the far west end of Missouri.
As soon as we crossed over the border into Indiana, we saw a fifty foot high cross with a sign at the bottom exclaiming, in bright lights, the birthday of Jesus. ‘I haven’t seen that before’, I thought. Apparently, Indiana was just getting warmed up.
One of the enormous billboards along the highway shouted “Planning Is Fun”! The picture was of a person jumping out of a casket with their arms raised in the air. A small note at the bottom mentioned headstones. “‘Planning a funeral is fun”; I don’t think so!. Sensible, yes; fun, no.
Tom noted the lack of Christmas decorations, and at that moment we came across a house with Christmas lights on their gate. “Hmmm, that looks like the Chevrolet symbol”, I pointed out. “Who would put a hood ornament as a Christmas decoration”, Tom asked? “Someone in Indiana”, I explained.
We were discussing how different Indiana seemed, when Tom pointed to a motorbike in a tree. “That is different”, I agreed.
I was really excited about seeing St. Louis, and it didn’t disappoint. I could not believe the size of the arch. You can see this thing from five miles away! The highway winds right around the city, so the arch just got bigger and bigger. It’s taller than all the buildings in the city, and absolutely stunning.
The temperature had started rising as soon as we crossed into Missouri. It topped a balmy 13 C by the afternoon. As the temperature rose, so did the altitude; it was a bit of a roller coaster ride through some rocky outcrops and forests, but it was an enjoyable drive.