2014 Western Road Trip Day 32, Thursday June 5th

Last nights hotel, the Drury Inn St. Louis Arch was a very nice hotel. After breakfast, which was included in the price, Babs snapped some photos of the hotel lobby.

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This morning started off gloomy and got worst form there. Fortunately it was a slow progression. Leaving St. Louis, we crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois, the first of the major rivers that we would cross today.

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Last look at the arch as we cross the Mississippi River into Illinois

Illinois scenery looks a lot like Missouri, farmland.

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We traveled over the Ohio River into Kentucky, where we stopped at the welcome center.

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The bridge over the Ohio River was just one of the road construction delays we had

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Ohio River

The welcome center is in an old southern mansion in Paducah, KY called Whitehaven. The mansion owned by President Harry S. Truman’s Vice President Alben Barkley, a Paducah native son.

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Kentucky also has a lot of farmland also but also a lot of hills and trees.

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KY water tower with a patriotic flair

Lunch was at Cracker Barrel and then a short time later, we crossed the Tennessee River and were in Tennessee and stopped at the TN welcome center to see if there were any lodging coupon books that we might use..

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Barge being pushed on the Tennessee River

 

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They say it’s art in public places

It seemed like forever before we were in Nashville and traffic, where Babs snapped these photos.

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LP Field home of the Tennessee Titans football team

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Our goal today was to stop at a point where we would have a short drive to Doe & Mel’s tomorrow. That meant a longer ride and with rain and a time change, making it seem longer. We rolled into a rainy Knoxville, TN and checked into a Comfort Suites at 7 p.m. and tired. Dinner was a KFC buffet, easy, inexpensive, quick, and filling.

Tomorrow we will be at Doe & Mel’s until Saturday when we head for our home.

Babs Says:  One of the best parts of a trip is coming home to family, friends, a cat, and a familiar pillow. Waiting for Saturday.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “2014 Western Road Trip Day 32, Thursday June 5th

  1. mary says:

    looking forward to your return. We take off on Tuesday morning for a week out west. I just checked the weather and it looks like it will be very hot. 108 in Death Valley!

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