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Oct 16, 2012 - Bike ride on Sam Vadalabene trail

We went for a 70 km bike ride today. We drove to Alton, Illinois and found the Piasa bird pictograph. From there we rode the Sam Vadalabene Trail to the Pere Marquette State Park. The bike trail was great - totally separate from cars, except for 8 miles - and in excellent shape, although we had to avoid twigs, leaves, acorns and walnuts in some places. It was my best ride yet, averaging over 26 km/h for 34 kms. The ride home was more difficult due to lots of wind but we made frequent stops for sightseeing. Riding along the Mississippi River...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Meet me in St. Louis, Louis

Even though we had booked another night in the glorious confines of the State Fairgrounds, we left for St. Louis area. We booked a campsite at the KOA NE of St. Louis, on the Illinois side. We hadn't realized HOW flat and barren the rest of Illinois was until we started to find hills...AND trees. It was actually a very pretty drive after we reached Jacksonville, Illinois and headed south. Gently rolling hills and lots of trees, much of it on two-lane blacktop made for a pleasant route. As we got close, we started to see the Mississippi...or...

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Sep 15, 2012 - Great Forest Balloon Race - First St. Louis Flight!

Great Forest Park includes the St. Louis Zoo, Norman Probstein Community Golf Course, Highlands Golf and Tennis Center, 1904 Worlds Fair Pavilion, Kennedy Forest, Dwight Davis Tennis Center and the Jewel Box. Great Forest Park is the largest park inside a city in the nation (even bigger than Central Park in NYC). On Saturday afternoon, Western Spirit Balloon (the only Colorado entry in the event) and other 69 balloons gathered on the Great Forest Park, Central Field. At 3:00 pm, sky divers jumped from a plane circling the park carrying the...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Great Forest Balloon Race - Glow

The 40th Annual Great Forest Balloon Race was held in St. Louis on Sept. 14 and 15, 2012. 70 balloons from seven states were part of this wonderful free event for the people of St. Louis. The Western Spirit Balloon team participated in the Glow on Friday evening. We were told that the organizers expected 500,000 people for the two day event and we do not think that they were short sighted! WOW! Randy and Fiona Wood were kind enough to share their crew with us. Dave Spellmeyer and his family were also great help and we enjoyed having them as...

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Sep 12, 2012 - AUNTIE EM!!!

9/11 A little more on St. Louis. We went on a city tour today. Sorry, just a few pictures. The tour was 1.5 hours, but only one stop where I could take a picture. We must say we would move to St. Louis in a heartbeat for several reasons. One, it is a clean clean clean city. You just don’t see dirt or garbage anywhere. It is a beautiful city; there were thousands of hanging baskets, parks and gardens everywhere. Park use is encouraged. As our guide said, you do not see a “keep off the grass” sign anywhere, and even a “no dogs allowed” sign...

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Sep 10, 2012 - St. Louis Arch

First let me apologize for all the pictures of the Arch. We’re in St. Louis now. Love it this town. It’s a nice size town, population a little over 300,000, but it has a small town feel. There is a lot of history here related to the expansion of the west. We toured the Arch today, it is amazing. At 630 ft. it is the tallest National monument. It starts at 54’ at the base and tapers to 17’ at the top. In the visitors center there are brick wall sculptures that are incredible. As it was explained to us, the artist starts with bricks that are...

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Sep 5, 2012 - Salem, Illinois to Saint Charles, Missouri

Sorry, but I've just spent the last hour and a half working on this entry to find out that I don't have an entry...I'm too tired AND frustrated to deal with it anymore tonight. AND it doesn't want to take my location!!! We are in Saint Charles, a west suburb of St. Louis, Missouri OK, since that was yesterday, I'm going to recap: Left Salem and traveled to Gillispie, Illinois on some back roads. These roads literally went through fields of corn for miles, and miles, and miles. Was approaching the little railroad town of Coffeen, when the...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Back On the Road

We are back! Sorry for that but we were sidetracked by some of the RV problems we never resolved back home. Well, we found some help in St. Louis but it took close to a week but, just about everything is fixed and we already made it to Kansas City, Missouri. I want to keep this short since the KC Royals play tonight and we are going to try to make the game. Interestingly, I actually visited this city in about 1986 and went to a ballgame back then that is neat. Well, we left Memphis and that part of the Mississippi River on the 9th of...

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Aug 12, 2012 - Day 2/3 - The Gateway Memorial Arch

Crossed the Mississippi River into Saint Louis, Missouri, on I55 S. Went to the St. Louis, MO, riverfront to see the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, AKA the Gateway Memorial Arch. Also near the waterfront was the old courthouse where the Dred Scott trial was held. Two slaves sued for their freedom, and lost. This helped start the Civil War. Slaves used to be auctioned on the stairs of the courthouse. Left on I70W and crossed the Missouri River into Saint Charles, MO (the old state capital).

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Aug 8, 2012 - Casino Queen RV Park -- E. St Louis, MO

I spent one night at the Casino Queen RV Park in E. St Louis, MO. They have a shuttle which will take you from the campground to the casino and then bring you back to the campground. I lost $2 on the slots and had a nice buffett dinner while I was there. Some casinos do not charge to park an RV but the Casino Queen does.

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Aug 8, 2012 - St. Louis

A day full of sunshine and hot, but low humidity made it comfortable. Our first stop of the day was the Jefferson Expansion National Monument, or as it's more commonly known, the Gateway Arch. Took the ride to the top inside the "eggs" and enjoyed a great view of the St. Louis area. The low level of the Mississippi River is more noticeable from this vantage, looking to be 10 - 15 feet low. Still, lots of river traffic. Next was the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour. Becky really wanted to go here just to see the Clydesdale stables but I think you...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Gateway to the West

We are officially in uncharted territory! Lewis and Clark crossed the Mississippi River and Missouri state line in the late evening. We drove straight into a brutal thunderstorm but found refuge just south of St. Louis (although we plan on visiting it this morning). Our next leg will take us on our way through the plains, commencing this evening in Oklahoma City. Lewis and Clark are meeting many different people from many different walks of life, which is very enlightening!

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Lewis and Clark 2012

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