The Midwest Road Trip

Missouri Travel Blog

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Road trip began on a sunny Friday.

Taking off

Driving along the stretched highway of Missouri, I just could not help but think what it would have been like to travel across the Midwest in the early days when there were only wagons and horses. Let along doing so during the two extreme times of the year. I was pretty comfortable in my air-conditioned rental car, listening nonstop to music on the background and occasionally sipping sweet tea from a drink behemoth perched on the cup holder. The 83-or-so degree heat did not really bother me. In fact, the whole trip was smooth as I could plan or hope for.

Starting off from Kansas City, I drove down to the small rural town of Seymour, about 45 miles east of Springfield, where I spent the night, before reaching Mansfield �" and boy, how I was tickled by the behavior of road users in Missouri highways.
I don't mind driving, as long as I got my music with me :)
First, I found the drivers really taking their time on the road. By that I mean, really.taking.their.time. They liked to spend a long time on the fast lane while driving slowly which resulted in a long bottleneck of other (fast) drivers desperately wanted to get past them.

Then, once in a while I saw a huge farm equipment or vehicle sharing the highway. Nothing wrong with it �" in fact, road signs were posted everywhere reminding drivers to share the road with other means of transportation, such as: horse-drawn buggy, bicycle, and farm vehicles. I was just so tickled when getting past the huge tractor. It must have been about 10 feet tall, skinny metal frame, super big wheels and all. 

The best thing in my road trip throughout the Missouri countryside was that the long lonely highway had no major construction or presence of the law enforcements. I realize that I tend to speed with rock music on the background.


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Road trip began on a sunny Friday.
Road trip began on a sunny Friday.
I dont mind driving, as long as I…
I don't mind driving, as long as …
The long lonely road in the middle…
The long lonely road in the middl…
There it is! Seymour, after about …
There it is! Seymour, after about…
Railroad of MO
Railroad of MO
Rocky cliff on the side of the hig…
Rocky cliff on the side of the hi…
haystacks on the farmfield
haystacks on the farmfield
a cool car!
a cool car!
a long stretched backroad
a long stretched backroad