Canada /USA Fall Foliage Tour - 2009 travel blog

This was a hideous sight in St. Louis - and to expose...

The Missouri Art Museum .........

.........is set in beautiful grounds

This is a replica of Charles Lindburgh's airplane - it was used...

The quaint old Irish pub we went into in St Louis for...

Dick and Bruce strolling the grounds at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Glass flamingos in the tropicals building at Missouri Botanical Garden

 

This is rice - after all the years I've spent in the...

I just KNEW there was something great about a gin and tonic!

This is one explanation for my name - the other is that...

In the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis

More glass work in the Gardens at St Louis

A white rose for the family (insider stuff!). Dick is an avid...

Nice statuary at the Botanical Garden set against the setting sun

Still seeing some changing fall colours as we move westwards

Lots of old buildings at the roadside as we follow the old...

Any wonder why we stayed off the main freeways as long as...

 

This was a first on all the highways we've done - to...

 

An old soddy...........

Lots of interesting rock formations as we came through Wyoming into Montana

This is Chimney Rock - a well-known waypoint to the original pioneers...

 

And this is us camped in the lee of Scott's Bluffs -...

Scott's Bluffs at sunset

........ and at sunrise

....... and as we were departing the area


Nov 2nd:

Dick took us on a grand tour of St Louis today. First we went to the Missouri History Museum where there was a really interesting, large display about St Louis’ favourite son, Charles Lindburgh. We then went on to find this really neat, old Irish pub, where we had lunch, then on to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Wonderful displays there, particularly (for me) in the huge tropical house, which is under a massive glass dome. You stop thinking you’re indoors though with all the foliage, and waterfalls and birds.



Nov 3rd:


Left Dick’s after spending a very pleasant few days with him and hit the highway (around 9:30am) with the intention of really putting on some miles now. We’re doing a straight shot home with no more sightseeing (other than what we can see from the highway) and we’re not doing smaller roads – we are on the major freeways now. Bruce is concerned about deteriorating weather conditions as we cross the high points and, we'd heard (on the radio) that we’d have a couple of good days of weather so we decided to boot it and get as much covered as possible before the snow that is promised. So, on the 3rd (because we started late-ish) we did 370 miles (about 600 kms) before dark then hauled into a Walmart parking lot in Nebraska City having come across Missouri, skirted Kansas City , touched a corner of Iowa and now in Nebraska. This has been our worst (noisiest) overnight of the trip. A huge truck pulled in right beside us (after we had gone to bed) and ran the noisiest generator I’ve ever heard until he departed at 0235am, after starting up the truck and idling beside us for 20 minutes.

We have seen a lot of snow spots, where there must have been pretty deep snow recently, and have been told by locals that summer has been virtually non-existent in this region, with tons of rain up until recently.

Nov 4th:

Today we are traversing much of the old pioneer Overland Trail and the Oregon Trail. More and more snow spots and passing by lots of historical sites: Chimney Rock to name but one. Hard to imagine the rigours the pioneers had to cope with as we whistle through here in the comfort of the truck and camper. Hard to imagine, in particular, what kept them going when one spot looks (to me) as good as another in the area. Why didn't they just say "This looks good" and stop right there instead of plodding onwards and onwards for months on end? There are numerous large feed lots around here and also massive tractor parts lots all over the place. We found a campgrouind at Scotts Bluffs with a site in full view of the Bluffs so we were able to enjoy the sunset on the cliffs and the sunrise. Magical!


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