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Vermont to Vegas: St. Louis has no Bud draft, Kansas City's Power and Light

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 22, 2013 10:15 AM

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Wednesday’s 508-mile ride took us from Louisville to Kansas City.

11:15 a.m. The Belgian waffles at the Louisville Fairfield Inn and Suites are dynamite. It’s time to leave.

12:40 p.m. Central time zone enters soon after entering Indiana.

Santa-Claus-Indiana.jpg12:27 p.m. Welcome to Illinois. I sleep through all of Indiana, except the town of Santa Claus, where we stop to fill up.

2:30 p.m. Meet me in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is extremely imposing in the flesh as the sun glints off the stainless steel and creates a monolithic, otherworldly impression. Minutes later, I’m playing Nelly’s “Country Grammar” in my head.

3:00 p.m. We head up the 630 feet in a claustrophobic capsule from the 1960s. The chain drive is ingenious in that you never feel the arc.

4:00 p.m. We search for Budweiser on tap, but all we find is Bud Light. Apparently, even with the Anheuser-Busch brewery, St. Louis only stocks bottles. Not cool. I mail two postcards to good friends back home. I haven’t sent a postcard since elementary school, and I’m glad they still exist.


On top of the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium and the Old Courthouse (lower right) are in plain view.

4:30 p.m. Without draft beer, we leave St. Louis.

8:30 p.m. Arrive Kansas City, Mo. Shower. Head over to the Power and Light District, which on a Wednesday is very sleepy. Still, we enjoy some chicken nachos and other good bad food at Bar Louie.


11:00 p.m. Have to leave. It’s an 8.5-hour drive to Denver tomorrow.

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