Sunday, April 23, 2017: Today involved a lot of driving. We left St. Louis around 11am and arrived in Hays, KS for the night around 10:30pm.
Our morning started with breakfast at Rooster in St. Louis. I’ve made several trips to St. Louis over the years to visit my friend, Nicole, who has stuck by me even following those awkward middle school years. Rooster has become a tradition of ours since she moved there in 2011. I can’t leave St. Louis without ordering a peppermint latte or debating whether or not to order their delicious and filling banana nut bread pancakes.
After breakfast, Nathan and I hit the road as we began our trek across Kansas where we would stop in Hays for the night before heading to Denver for a few days.
On our way, we drove through the campus at the University of Missouri to get a look at the campus. Nathan and I both enjoy roaming around college campuses. We both miss our college days and love the collegiate atmosphere. We gave the Mizzou campus a 6 out of 10. 😉
The next stop was Kansas City, where we ate BBQ at Arthur Bryant’s until our stomachs forced us to stop. I got the beef sandwich and slathered each bite with one of their three sauces. We also stopped by Union Station to walk around for a bit, and as we approached the building, we discovered that they were preparing to film American Ninja Warrior directly outside of Union Station.
After lunch, we hit the road again toward Hays. We decided to take a quick detour in Lawrence, KS to see the University of Kansas campus. Because the university sits in a hilly area, the views from campus are beautiful. I’d give the campus an 8 out of 10.
For now, we’re in Hays, a small town that appears to be experiencing a growth spurt. But it’s on to Denver in the morning, and I can’t wait!
Takeaways from road trip day two:
- I LOVE Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”
- I’ll be totally sick of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” before we get to the Grand Canyon
- The rolling hills in the spring are gorgeous
- I’m going to be wearing out my SnapChat story
- People have strong opinions about BBQ (Memphis is best but KC was good for sure)