Saturday, June 6, 2015
Chapter 6 - St Louis to Kansas City
We always make a point of filling our car with gas the night before we depart and since we did not know the location of the nearest gas station here in East St Louis we went on line to an App called TripTik by Triple A which provides the location of all of the closest stations and their current gas prices. We quickly learned that on the east side of the Mississippi River in the state of Illinois the price of gas was around $3.00 per gallon whereas the price on the west side of the Mississippi in Missouri was 20 to 25 cents per gallon less expensive. This seemed totally out of line until we remembered that the state government in Illinois is controlled by Democrats whereas the state government in Missouri is controlled by Republicans. I have always been totally bewildered why the Democratic party who claim to be looking out for the interests of the lower and middle income wage earner would think that it is perfectly OK to raise taxes on gasoline which obviously disproportionately effects the lower income wage earner. That not withstanding we paid the higher price and purchased the gas in Illinois. We just wanted to help out the struggling Democratic Party in Illinois and perhaps our donation of the extra 25 cents will be tax deductible.
When we awoke Friday morning July 5th, it was pouring rain but determined as we were to get an early start on the road to Kansas City, I proceeded in the rain to disconnect the services from our trailer and hitch the trailer up to the car. After the half hour effort was completed I was totally soaked but by 7:30 am Kathy and I were finished and we jumped in the car to begin our estimated five hour drive across Missouri to Kansas City. As it would happen, by 7:31 am the rain had totally stopped and by 9:00 am the sun was peaking around the clouds and any more thoughts of rain had vanished. As some of you have predicted, other than the congestion around St Louis, the traffic on the interstate has diminished as we headed west and with the good fortune of encountering no accidents or major construction delays our 5-1/2 hour drive was relatively stress free. It was also a bit boring as it seems the interstate running across Missouri must have followed an old highway system so that rather than driving through miles of beautiful and unspoiled farmlands, we passed miles of ugly billboards and old rundown commercial buildings. Furthermore, what farmlands we did pass, the plantings were still in their early growth stage or they had yet to be planted. I feel certain that the early settlers in this otherwise beautiful state would have been appalled had they been able to see the future commercialization along the side of their trails. One very pleasant part of this days trip however, was that we did cross the Missouri River three times which reminded us again that we were still on the path of our Oregon Trail.
The Worlds of Fun Village RV Park is probably as far away as one could get from meeting the traditional definition of a "Campground." This place has all concrete pads for parking the trailers and motorhomes, beautifully maintained lawns and landscaping, a swimming pool and rest rooms as nice as one would find in any resort, all paved roads, and a small store. It was nothing like what we had enjoyed at Skidaway Island and Stone Mountain, and Kathy just loved the contrast. Furthermore, the park was around 95% full not only because of the amusement park next door but also because it was just so clean and welcoming. Hopefully this quality RV park has not spoiled us for the campgrounds we will soon visit on the Oregon Trail ahead.
We returned back to our RV park around 2 o'clock and spent the rest of the afternoon reading literature about the Oregon Trail that we obtained at the museum, and for a few glorious moments all three of us took a brief nap. Our evening was spent quietly enjoying a good meal, an hour or so of television, and finally to bed early knowing that we will be "on the road again" tomorrow.