Monday, December 17, 2018

Back from St. Louis

It's a long drive from the Twin Cities to St. Louis, with a significant chunk of it in Iowa. With stops for gas and a meal, it's typically about a 10-hour trip. I spent most of my usual blogging time this morning trying catch up with the news I'd missed over the weekend, but I'm not convinced anything significant is actually happening.

I do like St. Louis generally and Saint Louis University in particular. It's a pretty campus in the heart of the city and it feels like a refuge from the urban squalor that is often associated with the area. We ate at good restaurants and enjoyed some excellent company. It's been, and will continue to be, a great place for Fearless Maria to attend college.

If you think something else merits discussion, please feel free to have at it in the comments section. I will be back to more regular blogging tomorrow.

8 comments:

jerrye92002 said...

I think you've stumbled onto something. I remember taking a little fishing trip last year, a week without phones, computers, papers, TV. I was surprised when I returned that the news was almost exactly the same as when I left. I concluded then that we are the victims of WAAAY too much "news." It totally distorts our view of what is important in life.

R.A. Crankbait said...

I meant to warn you that when traversing southern Iowa on that route, Mount Pleasant is about your only opportunity for gas, food and bathrooms. I suppose by now you've learned that for yourself!

Mr. D said...

I meant to warn you that when traversing southern Iowa on that route, Mount Pleasant is about your only opportunity for gas, food and bathrooms. I suppose by now you've learned that for yourself!

Yep -- I can make it to Hannibal on a full tank of gas when I drive my own vehicle, but when we rented a larger vehicle to move FM down there, we had to stop in Mount Pleasant. Although there are multiple routes beckoning a driver to Keokuk, we haven’t wanted to do that. Once you cross the Missouri border, you get a few more options.

Bike Bubba said...

Way off topic; Hurrah for Da Bears and Charles Leno!

I drive down 218 quite a bit--my grandmother lives in Macomb, IL, we turn east at Mt. Pleasant on 34--and yes, it can be fairly bleak after you pass Iowa City. I agree about St. Louis--it's quite frankly sad that a city with so much to say for it, historically speaking, has ended up almost a byword for crime.

R.A. Crankbait said...

The first time I took this route I couldn't believe how sparse the population is in southern Iowa. I kind of like the 2-lane stretch between Rochester, MN and the Iowa border, though; you pretty much navigate from steeple to steeple that you see on the horizon.

At Bowling Green, Missouri, though, some bozo in a black Chevy S10 ran us right off the interstate last Thanksgiving. You didn't happen to see him, did you?

Gino said...

welcome back., The Bears clinched. much happiness was felt.

Mr. D said...

welcome back., The Bears clinched. much happiness was felt.

Enjoy it while it lasts, good sir!

Mr. D said...

At Bowling Green, Missouri, though, some bozo in a black Chevy S10 ran us right off the interstate last Thanksgiving. You didn't happen to see him, did you?

Whoa. No, it's been quiet in Bowling Green when we've gone through there. Thanks for the heads-up!