Day 1: Champaign, Illinois to Kansas City, Missouri.

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Our first day on the road…

We left the house around 7:40, 40 minutes later than we’d planned, because packing the car, making breakfast for the road, and saying goodbye to our cat, Tiger, was difficult.

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Tiger peeking out the door one last time at us

 

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Almond butter and strawberry jam (both homemade) and wheat germ sandwiches.

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The trunk was completely full. We utilized our leg room as well.


For lunch we stopped at Columbia, Missouri, for lunch. It is a college town, just a little bigger than Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The most notable university there is Mizzou (University of Missouri). We stopped for the highly ranked Korean BBQ restaurant Kui BBQ.

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Streets of downtown Columbia.

 

 

 

Downtown Columbia was great because most of the shops on the street were local, non-chain stores. Almost every store had its own chalkboard sign propped on the sidewalk.

 

 

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Many shoes and clothes were out on sale.

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Called Seafood Dynamite Soup, it was really spicy!

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A small Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake


 

After lunch we rushed to our old friend’s house in Lee’s Summit, a small town outside of Kansas City. The friend, Franklin, moved away from Champaign at least five years ago so we were excited to meet him again.

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Franklin is the first spot tennis player in his high school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After having dinner at Franklin’s house, we went with him and his parents to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The museum was closed when we got there at 7:00 pm, but we could still walk through the sculpture garden.

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Claes Oldenburg , American , b. 1929 , b. Sweden Coosje van Bruggen , American , 1942-2009 , b. The Netherlands Fabricator: Merrifield-Roberts, Inc. , American Shuttlecocks, 1994

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Auguste Rodin , French , 1840-1917 Fabricator: Alexis Rudier The Thinker, 1880; probably cast ca. 1949

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My Dad fitting in pretty well…

We had a miscommunication with our hotel. It turns out we booked the hotel for June 26, not July 26. Luckily my Mom was quick in reserving a spot at Econo Lodge in Lawrence, Kansas. It was the first motel that I’ve remembered staying in.

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