Tuesday August 10, 2010
We we passed through parts of three states today. Leaving Omaha we crossed the Missouri river and immediately turned south through southwestern Iowa. As we drove we listened and sang along to “The Music Man” sound track. After less than an hour we hit Missouri; we went south to St. Jo, turned west and drove clear across the state to Hannibal on the Mississippi river.
Carla started off driving today; she did 4 hours and I did the last 2+.
We’ve tried to capture the “Welcome To” signs as we enter each state; either we missed Iowa’s or they don’t want to welcome us. But on the first overpass, just over the river, we saw some work on four sculptures. Here is one of them
After heading south, I found we were paralleling railroad tracks; looks like we’ve crossed over to BNSF territory.
It was incredibly hot in Hannibal. 95* with the humidity raising the heat index to 115*. But it had just sprinkled a bit and the breeze on the river made it bearable.
After the cruise we went swimming in the hotel pool then went to Lulubelle’s for dinner. It was the best dinner yet. It is a little B&B that serves dinner to all comers at night. We had a pasta dinner for 2 – boiled shrimp, a great mixed great salad with a nice vinaigrette then grilled chicken and artichokes over some pasta. For dessert I had a piece of bourbon pecan pie.
We hit 2,000 miles today when we went through Lentner, MO. Our stats for car time at this point shape up like this
- Miles: 2,046
- Total drive time: 37:08
- Average speed: 55. This has dropped dramatically since we hit Nebraska. At the end of Wyoming our average speed was 64.
- Average miles per gallon: 31