One of the really interesting things about driving across the US is that distances seem to get longer when you go West. They’re not any longer, obviously, but there does seem to be more ‘openness’ between places. As a colleague of Frank’s said, “After Kansas City, there’s a whole lot of nothin”. Luckily, we found that axiom to be deceptively both true and false.
Day 3 we started in St. Louis. The night before we found this great restaurant called Annie Gun’s through Yelp, a smart phone app that can find great food and accommodations along your way . Yelp can really knock it out of the park and has so far on this trip, not least is the example of Annie Gun’s. That restaurant got a near perfect score on Yelp and we can see why. I had one of the all time top 5 sandwiches I ever had there. Unfortunately for us, this place is jumping even on a Sunday night, so we had to order to go. That’s ok, because we ended up in a nice conversation at the bar with some locals. Funny enough, the conversation started because the gentleman mentioned Thurmond WV and we said we just came from around that area. Turns out he is going next week down to that area to work communications for the National Boy Scout Jamboree taking place around the New River Gorge area this summer. His coworker was excited to talk about the great things to see and do around St.Louis and other customers chimed in with their own comments on the area and its culture. Moral of the story is this: don’t be afraid to engage people on a long Road Trip. They can be very nice and turns out the world can be a lot smaller than you think. Continue reading
Transportation is a huge part of the history and geography of the US. Trips like our own Road Trip have a long tradition in the US for both recreation and for commerce. None of that would be possible without the growth of the automobile.
Day 2 we hit some fantastic spots around St. Louis. Hit the link below to find out more!
We started off the day bright and early leaving Morgantown at 7am on our route south toward Bluefield, WV. We loaded down our car with lots of good treats, some spare undies, and lots of VerySpatial swag to hand out along the way. We gave our cats some last minute pats on the head, made sure the sitter had enough cat toys for the time we’d be gone, and we were off on A VerySpatial Road Trip across the US!
We’re here in lovely St. Louis in the middle of day 2 of our VerySpatial Road trip. Barb and I have been fortunate enough to have clear roads and (mostly) clear skies on the trip so far. We’ve traveled from Morgantown WV to the New River Gorge, down to Bluefield WV, and back up to Huntington WV. We then went on through Lexington Kentucky and stayed the night in Louisville. Today we rolled into St. Louis at a tad past noon. We’ve taken loads of pictures, lots of video, and been fortunate to talk to lots of people along the way.
So why am I dancing around all that and not getting a proper post updated? Well, the one thing that hasn’t been great for us has been…. Internet (First World Problems! Curses!!!) I’ve got a temporary connect for a brief update. We have loads more to post and it will be up there really soon, we promise. We called ahead and our hotel in Kansas is going to have wired Internet, so we should be golden. Look for a big update tomorrow with pictures and a long discussion of the great stuff we saw in WV, KY, and MO.
Let me leave you with one sneak peek of what we’ve found – Me at the stunning Kemp Mercedes Museum! Yep, that’s 5 exceptionally rare Mercedes you see behind me and that doesn’t even count the half dozen to left and half dozen to the right found in this room!
More to come!
According to a discussion in my LinkdIn ESRI Network, The Driving Dutchman of Cyclomedia is on the last leg of his roadtrip across America to the San Diego ESRI UC. Their mission statement has a cool picture of their professional vehicle and a description of how they capture street imagery. They are requesting drive bys and demonstrations from organizations working with maps.
Everyone has probably seen this via Google+, Twitter, or Facebook, but it is too good not to link.
The cartography kinda sucks, but this map on Jalopnik.com is pretty cool. It details the most popular new cars by state. As you can see, most of the US is fond of their F-150′s. Toyota is big in the South East. Subaru has Washington state locked up (not a huge surprise there). I was moderately surprised the Accord took Pennsylvania. Where does your state stack up on new car sales?