Monday, July 18, 2016

July 17, Sunday, Drive Across Missouri to Kansas City, Katy Trail, Gateway Arch

July 17, St Louis, Leaving our hotel in Lee's Summit we head west towards Kansas City. Another really hot day. We have been in the mid to high 90s since we left Pennsylvania.  We started off trying to get to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. We drove into the city but it was a baseball day and the roads around the Arch were blocked off. There really wasn't any parking anywhere near and we also learned that the museum was closed for renovations. Anyways we pulled up close and snapped our picture.

Standing at the St. Louis Gateway Arch

One of the coolest things we have visit are the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi about 17 miles north of St. Louis. We arrived just in time for a tour. They are huge. They can take a barge up to 1/4 mile long and as short as a kayak. Something like 40,000 vessels go through per year. This set of locks near the city of Alton is one of the largest in the world. We also got to see a little tiny boat and a really big barge enter.

Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Taking Route 70 across the state we pulled into Rocheport and stopped for a visit at the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a former 185 mile rail line that has been turned into a bike and walking trail. The very popular trail runs along the  Missouri River. It was pretty hot and we didn't hang around all that much but it was fun to see.

Standing at the location map at the Katy Trail,
Rocheport, MO

Standing by the former platform on the Katy Trail