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Go Ahead and Delay my Flight - I Dare You!

A February 2007 trip to United States by VA_traveler

Sunset in Kansas Photo, Kansas, United States More Photos
Quote: When an unexpected snowstorm grounded us in Denver for three days, we took the high road... and decided to drive home to D.C.

Go Ahead and Delay my Flight - I Dare You!

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A new schedule at work means that I have a Friday off every so often. Being the travel-lovers that we are, we're going to take advantage of that, right? Of course! We plan a trip, pack our bags and head off to Las Vegas. Three days of travel, and I didn't have to ask for vacation time, or really let anyone at work know! How sneaky I feel! How free! How wonderfully easy this is!How could something this fun go bad?Now, don't get me wrong. The trip itself was great. We were first-time Las Vegasers, we enjoyed the things we saw, didn't lose too much money, liked our hotel, etc, etc. That's a different journal. This one starts on the day we LEFT Vegas. Sunday morning we woke up real...Read More

Econo Lodge


Econo Lodge Photo,
A weekend in Vegas is NOT the best preparation for a marathon trip across the country. This is because one tends not to sleep in Vegas, but one needs to be awake and alert when driving long distances. Therefore, we didn't make it very far our first day of driving. We pulled into Wakeeney Kansas at about 9:30, had a very nourishing and healthy (HA!) dinner at the local Mickey-D's, and settled in for the night at the Econo Lodge. Our room was cheap - about $50 for the night. The surface of the bathtub was peeling off (who knew it would be purple underneath?), but the water was hot and plentiful. No bedbugs or roaches that we saw, the bed was comfortable enough for two people who had been travell...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 9, 2007

Econo Lodge
705 South 2nd Street
Wakeeney, Kansas
(785) 743-5505

Gates Barbecue


Gates Barbecue Photo, Denver, Colorado
We rolled across the Missouri State line around lunchtime. (We're not in Kansas anymore!) Stopped at the welcome center, and got the following advice from Dave. First, you can pronounce Missouri two ways: mizz-ER-uh, or mizz-OR-ee. Just don't pronounce it like misery. Second, go to Gates to get some Kansas City barbecue. Good advice - thanks, Dave!Gates is a local chain, with several locations in the Kansas City area. We weren't exactly sure what made Kansas City BBQ special, so we got some more good advice from the manager (folks in Missouri are very helpful!) and got the "mixed platter" to share. Good advice again! Sliced ham and sliced beef, each with a sauce, and three ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2007

Gates Barbecue
10440 E 40 Hwy.
Kansas City, MO
(800) 662-7427

Gateway Arch

Attraction | "Gateway Arch (The)"

Gateway Arch Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
Does it make me sound like a stupid tourist if I go on and on about how I didn't realize the St. Louis Arch was as big as it is? Probably. So I'll minimize my comments on the subject, and just say - WOW! This thing is HUGE!

The arch is located right along the Mississippi, and in a national park. It's a pretty spot, and there are walkways through a park-like area on either side.

We parked our car along the river, and crossed the street to climb the stairs up to the Arch's base. Unfortunately, the inside was closed - the museum is open from 9am-6pm, and rides to the top run from 9:30am-5:15pm.

Still, the view of the river is pretty, and the structure itself is impressive.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2007

Gateway Arch
St. Louis Riverfront 707 North First St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(877) 982 1410

Sunset in Kansas Photo, Kansas, United States
If you leave Denver, heading east on Route 70, you will run into Kansas. Actually, it's more that you will look around and finally realize that you are in Kansas. As a matter of fact, I think that if you were to start in the mile-high city with a good push, you could probably coast down and down until you got about halfway across Kansas, where the lack of effort involved in going "flat" and "straight" would bore your car to sleep. Kansas offers no resistance. That said, Kansas is beautiful. When we drove through, it was snowy in the fields lining the road, and the sun set and rose miles away, and you could just about see forever. I don't know how anyone from Kansas can ever stand movin...Read More