or A STUDY IN GRAY – Day 4
DAY FOUR – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Sioux City, Iowa to O’Fallon, Illinois
The day started out great…not! We missed a turn and found ourselves in Nebraska. Looks a lot like Iowa. We quickly corrected and got back on track for the next leg.
WIND, lots of WIND. Iowa is soooo flat. It happened to be stormy as well and the wind whipped across those flat lands. We pulled off briefly so Katie could take a break from wrestling with the steering wheel. Mr. Bill also pulled off. Keeping the truck and trailer in one lane proved exhausting. At one point we noticed a north-bound tractor trailer hauling half of a prebuilt home and were amazed he could stay on the road. Apparently he couldn’t. Fifteen minutes later Mr. Bill saw the house on its side in the median strip.
Seeing the storm front paralleling the highway as it moved towards us was rather frightening and awe-inspiring. We all had it in our minds that tornado season had begun and we regularly scanned the sky for funnel clouds. None made themselves apparent, fortunately. Many sky pictures were taken, though.
Passing through Council Bluffs, we passed under an overpass with very aggressive sculptures on either side of the overpass. Anyone know the story?
We continued on into Missouri to Kansas City, where the driver had a strong desire for Chipotle. As a result of detouring, we missed a turn once in the city and took the scenic route through Kansas City, Kansas, then back into Missouri, we think, where we dined. Back into the car we got and found our way onto the highway, this time I70.
Passing through St. Louis, I did get a picture of the Arch, but not the greatest. The day was cloudy so the silver arch blended with the sky. We spent the night in O’Fallon, IL just east of East St. Louis. We were treated to a burger and frozen custard from Culver’s – delish and a great finish to day four!
This is how our day began…
A storm was blowing in from the West. We watched as it grew closer, then engulfed us…
Council Bluffs, what do the angry sculptures on this bridge represent?
Heading south and east, the landscape began to roll.
Hunting Chipotle in Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas. We just couldn’t tell!
An old barn because it was a little brighter and it is picturesque. 😉
The storm found us again.
St. Louis – the Arch on the way in and a cool bridge on the way out.
The day ended as it began – stormy.