Top of the arch
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19 October 2016
I was up early because my bag had to be ready for pick up at 6.30am. We left at 8.00am, it took a long time to clear Chicago then we we travelling through very flat farming land. It was around 11.00am when we made a stop at Dixie Truckers, an original Route 66 truck stop.
During the morning's travel we had problems with the air conditioning on the bus (alternating between too hot and freezing cold), and the speakers one one side of the bus weren't working, and when the heavy rain started the bus started leaking over one seat! Not a rusty old bus but quite a new one. The bus will be replaced tomorrow.
During the morning there was a storm and heavy rain was falling before we reached St. Louis. Tour Guide, Kristin, had planned our lunch break near the Mississippi River and had to quickly change plans. Our late lunch was at Ballpark Village, a sports entertainment area across the road from the Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play (baseball). Ballpark Village had a huge TV screen, bars and restaurants, and a Fox Sports studio. For a sports lover this was a good place to have lunch! And great to be inside when we could hear heavy rain, or hail, pounding on the roof.
After lunch we visited the Old Courthouse, a historical building where former slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom. The interior of the building was beautiful.
Next door is the Gateway Arch and we had tickets to go to the top of the arch. The arch looks scary when you stand underneath it and look up - it's 630ft (192m) high. We went up in little pods that squeeze in five people: you have to duck your head to get in the door and it's definitely not for anyone with claustrophobia. The pods follow the curve of the arch and it takes four minutes to get to the top. We only needed a couple of minutes at the top to take a few photos - looking down on the Old Courthouse and Busch Stadium. Going up and down the curve in the pods was a unique and fun experience.
We reached the hotel around 5.30pm and another storm was overhead, it was raining and quite dark.