Day 30 _20210811_VWID4_0022

DAY 30: INDEPENDENCE, MO TO URBANA, IL

Day thirty got its start in Independence, MO. We proceeded to head east. We crossed the Missouri River by way of the Rocheport Interstate 70 Bridge. A 3,017.2 feet four-lane continuous truss bridge over the MO River on Interstate 70 built in 1960. When we arrived in Columbia, MO we visited The University of Missouri, affectionately called “Mizzou”. It is Missouri’s largest university, founded in 1839 and was the first public university west of the Mississippi River. In the lawn in front of Jesse Hall are The Columns, all that remains of its predecessor Academic Hall, which burned in 1892. They stand forty-three feet tall and are the most recognized landmark of MU. Tiger Plaza hosts a statue of a black tiger that represents the university’s mascot, the tigers. Crane’s Country Store in Williamsburg, MO would be our next stop. It is a quaint general store in downtown Williamsburg that calls back to a simpler time and sells a wide variety of items. The store has been in business for over 130 years and inside it really looks like a museum or an outpost. We used the opportunity to work on our laptop during the short stop. We headed down a gravel road and when we got to Montgomery City, MO we saw a mural depicting the old railroads from the 1800’s. We hit the highway and as we travel through the towns this is the only time there is really a mass of vehicles on the road otherwise, when we travel through the countryside the roads get rather lonely again. The Midwest at this time is in season for harvesting corn. As we transport through the countryside we see fields upon fields of corn. We continue our duties and check on the drone because of all of the gravel dust. So far we have seen many aluminum or steel silos and as we travel, but here we came across these typical styled red barns. The Illinois sunset painted the sky beautifully. We seized the opportunity to capture its beauty and the I.D. 4 looked magnificent in the foreground as the sun retreated. Now in Illinois, The heritage of Route 66 is still being celebrated as we continue on. We then would stop at an Antique diner in Livingston, IL called Twistee Treat Diner. A retro 50’s style diner that offers a variety of sandwiches and ice cream.

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