We have been on the road for over a week now. And we are not there yet. However, we still talk to each other, as well as have fun on our road trip. Success, right!? So today was a big day in Kansas – I was meeting with K State folks regarding my PhD stuff. And my morning couldn’t have been better. The meeting went extremely well, and I had such a great time there. Not only the campus is gorgeous but faculty and staff are wonderful. Well worth of “little”side trip.
From Manhattan, KS, we headed back to the east. Our next “big” destination is Valparaiso, IN, where we will stay for a couple of days with the in-laws. Since the total mileage from Kansas to Indiana would have been almost 700 miles, we decided to split the driving over two days. We have had our fair share of extremely long driving days by now so little sightseeing stop in St. Louis, MO, sounded like a great idea.
However, we look forward to having another break from driving on this trip, as well as it is great to see the family again. We visited them very briefly only a couple of weeks ago but due to the sad events so we really didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend together.
On our way from Kansas to Missouri we
of course got stuck in rush hour traffic, and instead of sitting in the traffic, we decided to have dinner. We ended up to a small town of Independence, MO. The old, historic Jackson County Courthouse was one of the lovely buildings in this little town, which also the hometown of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of United States. We had dinner at an Italian place, Cafe Verona on Independence’s town square. The food was delicious, and portions were not too big. Also, their wine list looked very tempting although we didn’t taste any in the middle of the driving.
Since this trip has been mainly the road trip from Alaska to Virginia, and the truck is full of things that Jason will need on the east coast, I haven’t been shopping a whole lot. However, I went to a western store today to see if I could find any new cowgirl outfits for myself, and got a new belt and another belt buckle.
The store also had the cutest western saddle ever - now I know where to get the saddle for my horse…. And with the lovely thoughts about horses, I will let you go, and be back tomorrow to tell about St. Louis.