On Friday we left early to go to Columbia, MO. This was our first road trip in the new Fiesta. We were supposed to come up with a name for the new car on this trip but I think we kind of forgot about it. The drive from Chicago to Columbia is about 6 hours. And it rained/snowed off and on the whole way!
We made a stop in Springfiled, IL to stop at a diner Don had seen on TV. It was called Charlie Parker’s Diner. The diner was cool because it was in an old building from WW2 called a Quonset Hut. I had the country fried steak special and Don had the breakfast horseshoe. The food was pretty good. I think the atmosphere was a little better though.
We made it to Columbia around 4 pm and we killed some time doing a little shopping. Then we met up with Judy and Steve and went to dinner. We ate at Murray’s Restaurant. We had to wait for a bit but we had some drinks at the bar. Don and I both had steaks. It was delicious.
The next day we woke up early to head to Saint Louis (about 2 hours from Columbia). Don and Steve wanted to check out the Star Trek exhibit at the Science Center in STL. But first we had to stop at Pappy’s Smokehouse. This place was awesome!!! I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with potato salad and baked beans. Freaken delicious. If you are gonna go make sure to get there early. We got there right at 11 when it opened and still had to wait about 30 to 40 min. The food was soooo good!!
After Pappy’s we went to the Science Center. I have never really watched Star Trek but the exhibit was okay. There was a lot of stuff to read about space exploration that was pretty interesting. After the exhibit we walked around a bit, but most of the exhibits seemed to be pretty geared towards kids, so we left to check out the arch. I really wanted to go up into the arch but the wait was long and it was getting late in the day. So we just took some pictures and next time we will go up in it!
Then we drove back to Columbia. We picked up Judy (she had to work during the day) and decided where to have dinner. We decided on 44 Stone Public House. It was an English/Irish bar. They had an amazing beer selection. I couldn’t resist and had to get a Strongbow and an Old Speckled Hen. We shared a couple appetizers. Then I had a burger. After eating we decided to keep drinking and make a fire at the house. It was a little chilly out but next to the fire it was nice.
Once we woke up on Sunday we got ready to head back home. We made a stop in Springfield again to visit a store called Scheels. It’s like a sports/outdoors store. It was pretty cool. But we were really excited to try an Irish restaurant called D’arcy’s Pint. Little did we know it was closed on Sundays. So disappointing but I’m sure we will be cutting through Springfield again in the future to visit Missouri. So we couldn’t decide what to eat, nothing sounded good. There were fast food places nearby and I said either Arby’s or Pizza Hut sounded good. We decided on Pizza Hut since we haven’t had it in forever…..ugh I remember why I never Pizza Hut. It’s okay while you’re eating it, not so good later. So I was burping Pizza Hut the rest of the way home.
I noticed some things when we crossed the border from Missouri into Illinois. Immediately the price of gas went up 40 cents. There were tons of political/election signs. And a lot more traffic signs including tons of No Parking Signs on the side of the highway, which was highway 54. Seriously…there was nothing on this highway, why in the world would there have to be no parking signs here?! The middle of no where! Even if someone did park there why would anyone care?! I guess that’s just Illinois for you.