Day 16: Missouri Marathon

And so begins one of the biggest chunks of this trip.  We’ll spend more time in Missouri than any other state (if you exclude the unplanned lengthy stay in Fort Wayne which stretched our Indiana visit a few days).  Made good progress today despite the incredible heat and humidity.  Really giving Sparkle a workout.  Seems almost cruel.  I saw a bank clock at 4pm that said 99 degrees.  When I let the dogs out to run, it was brief.  And then I’d dump a bunch of water on them and pop them back in the van for the A/C.

No mishaps– just plugging away at the list.  Loving this 70 mph speed limit (which means I do 80) even on the non-interstate highways.  Most states will only let you do 55 off the interstate — which means I do 65 and inch up towards 70 now and then.  Oh, by the way, yes, I’ve gotten a couple “souvenirs” so far.  A weird lane change ticket in Indiana — within the first 20 miles after leaving Fort Wayne for the final time.  I guess I didn’t signal and even though there were no cars behind me, the motorcycle cop nailed me for it — set me back $140 — damn! 

My other stop was in Iowa — speeding like 65 in a 55 or something — and I got a cute warning ticket.  I actually hang those up near my desk.  My goal is to get one from each state.  Not really.  But I have about 3 of them now.  Oh, and for those of your concerned about what all these tickets do for my car insurance — the answer is nothing.  States don’t recognize each other’s traffic laws — so I’m extra careful in New York and have a clean record.  Except for one seat belt ticket which I got within 3 blocks of my apartment.

On with the photos, shall we?  An abundance of signs today — both here and over at Flickr.  Not that I’m more into signs than buildings or statues — there were just more of them today that were noteworthy.

This one in Macon:


This one from the other end of Macon:

This pretty Art Deco detail from Renick:

I was hugging I-70 a bit today and felt compelled to check out this place in Kingdom City:

It’s the usual awful crap inside — but I thought you might be interested in these items (Rick, are you out there?):

You do know by now that you can click on my blog photos to see the larger size, right?  If you still have trouble making things out, I’ll translate:
Hillbilly Washer/Dryer:  a metal washer and a clothes pin
Hillbilly Hair Clip:  a slightly adorned clothes pin
Hillbilly Toothbrush:  a stick with part of a corncob
Hillbilly Word Processor:  a pencil & piece of wood
Hillbilly Chop Sticks:  flattish chopsticks with a clothes pin

I went to check out the 63 Diner in Columbia.  Which technically isn’t a “real” diner (i.e., not prefabricated and installed as one structure but rather built on site).  But it has a nice collection of signs outside.  I believe these are vintage.  Or at least some of them.  I think the 63 Diner sign is new.  But, regardless, fun stuff.

I believe they are all lit at night.   I wish I’d had time to wait around to see them.  I put the BBQ piggie sign in the distance up at Flickr tonight:

Here’s the satellite sign at night:

This monster is also in Columbia:

This place is in Sedalia:

This one’s also in Sedalia.  Lots of signs in Chicago have these attached ladders for repair work.  Must have been very scary!  I doubt they use them at all now — liability concerns — and now sign companies have cranes.  Anyhow, I’ve never seen a sign with this many ladders:

These next two are nice signs by themselves — but also an excuse to show off the gorgeous-ity of the clouds today.   It looks just wonderful — but remember it was probably more than 100 degrees and super humid.  This one in Warsaw:

This one also from Warsaw at the Chuck Wagon BBQ.  Apparently a modern sign but so sweet.  I love flame signs and this one’s gotta be great at night:

This photo taken in or near Sweet Springs — a long-closed service plaza on I-70:

And lastly, the last stop of the day so the sun was going away — in Marshall.  I wanted to check out the memorial to Jim the Wonder Dog:

and couldn’t resist the photo-op:

Tomorrow, we should hit more northern stops including St. Joseph and then move on down to the Kansas City area for probably a couple days.

16 thoughts on “Day 16: Missouri Marathon

    • I don’t recall seeing a screen — unless it was hidden behind trees or something. Glad you liked the doggie photo. They really are a big part of these trips.

      • Apparently it was destroyed in a storm. See your sign just on the other side of the fence?

  1. Some more cool photos , DJ.
    I so seldom see nice puffy clouds that I must try to shoot them when they do show up. Glad you had some. I think they add to photos sometimes.
    Congrats to you & DEE & the weather: A nice new pix of the Arrow Head Motel sign. Sweet. Plus, don’t get me started on another” almost the same name “- Arrowhead Bowl. Love that font!
    The photo with your “wee beasties” : Looks like you said “Say Cheese!” to them. Or were you HOLDING cheese?
    Sorry about the ticket. You could have gotten a lot of Pinwheels for that. Hope Monday is good for you!

    • Thanks for all your enthusiasm. It’s much appreciated after a long, HOT day. I was holding a sausage & kibble mix for the girls (and it was dinner time so they were hungry). And for Nik, a ballie, of course. He loved the little memorial garden and ran a few dozen circles around the perimeter with ballie in mouth (victory laps). If Jim’s spirit lives on the grounds, I’m sure he would’ve been amused by our visit.

  2. Most states most certainly DO recognize each other’s violations – There’s the DLC (Driver’s License Compact), the NRVC (Non-Resident Violator Compact) and the DLA (Driver’s License Agreement).

    You can get points assessed from a ticket in another state – which may or may not affect your insurance. It all depends on the state.

    Oddly, my Virginia license was affected by a speeding ticket in Indiana, but not by one right next door in Maryland.

    • Wow! Thanks for letting me know. I’m really glad I live in New York where I can rack up all kinds of tickets with no impact. Although the expense really sucks — I figure the trade off for extra stops & photos is still worth it.

  3. Hey, it looks like you’re really hitting your stride here in Missouri! Great photos, excellent signs, beautiful blue skies, and the photo of your pups with the wonderdog is priceless!

    • Thanks for following along. Yes, things have really improved since that Fort Wayne ordeal. But it is so unbelievably hot. I’m worrying how hard this additional demand is on Sparkle.

  4. Fix seems to hate posing for photos. She usally shuts her eyes. And most of the time, Grem won’t look at me. So it’s a miracle sometimes when I get them all to cooperate. According to another comment — some states DO have recriprocity laws (tickets in another states count against you in your own). So I guess I’m very lucky that New York’s not one of them.

    • So what was the “warning” for then? Sounds so bogus. My very first cars were MG Midgets so I know all about sports cars getting picked on. And I didn’t speed then so much as I do now!

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