We spent the night in Dodge City, Kansas, and ate breakfast at a local donut place, Daylight Donut. Coming from the north-east, where Dunkin’ Donuts has obliterated the concept of mom-and-pop donut shops, I appreciated it when the kid behind the counter said his parents had owned the place since ’78.
The donuts were . . .
→ Read More: Dodge City, Deadly Drives, and Penny Arcades: From Kansas to Colorado
Continuing west on US-56, we drove through Scranton (population: 724). Not much was going on…
One building of note: a former Methodist church converted to a garage (you can just make out the big roll-gates on the right):
Across the street was this abandoned gas station, . . .
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I’ll come clean: I’m really embarrassed to admit that, prior to arriving this morning, I thought Kansas City was in Kansas, when in fact it’s in Missouri. Hence, my celebrations at finally reaching Kansas turned out to be a bit premature (thanks to commenters below, I’ve now learned that Kansas City actually exists in both Missouri and Kansas, with the river as . . .
→ Read More: Heading West Through Kansas City (Roadtrip Day 04)
We cruised into St. Louis in the late morning. At this point, US-50 has merged with the Interstate.
We only had a few hours to spend, so of course, the first matter of business was to see the Arch. We were about to Google Map it on my iPhone when we realized . . .
→ Read More: The Arch, Ghosts, & Nuclear Waste – Traveling Across Missouri (Roadtrip Day 03 Cont’d)
For most of the journey from Salem, Illinois, to St. Louis, this was the view out the window:
Literally, endless, endless fields. Most of the towns we passed through were little more than a collection of houses, a commercial business or two, and then more fields.
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→ Read More: Small Towns Across Illinois (Roadtrip Day 03)
After swinging through Aurora, we decided to take a detour from US-50 and follow Rt-56, which winds along the Ohio River.
Route-56 is a beautiful drive, with amazing views of the Ohio River (and Kentucky beyond):
Below, the path we took:
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→ Read More: Following The Ohio River (Roadtrip Day 2 Cont’d)