Saturday, June 28, 2008
I didn't get on the road until about 6:30pm, so my goal was to get near Kansas City and find a hotel. I stopped in a small college town called Columbia for dinner, and shortly after I got back on the road I saw a huge fireworks show next to the highway. I decided to figure out where they were coming from, so I wandered off the highway and drove as close as I could to them. Well it turns out it was just a big house party. I guess everyone combined their cash to clean out a local fireworks store and have a fun night.
One exit later I saw some more fireworks being launched next to a fireworks sales stand, so I pulled over again. This time it was for promotional purposes, but I managed to convince the guy firing them off to give me his blowtorch and light off a few myself. Great fun!
I finally made it to Independence, MO just east of Kansas City (the starting location of the Oregon Trail) around 11:30pm. I thought it would be fun to stay here like the early pioneers did before setting off for the Pacific, but little did I know that the St. Louis Cardinals were in town -- and so were all their fans! Every single hotel in the area was completely booked and I had to drive miles east again to find a place. So that's where I am right now. Luckily there's a late checkout and a free breakfast.
Tomorrow is going to be a long driving day through Kansas.
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