An Evening in Mizzou Territory

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Chillin' at Shakespeare's in Columbia, earlier in the evening
Dora the Explorer woke me up around 8, but I had a good night's sleep and felt ready to drive again, sans car trouble. I hung out much of the morning with Aaron and Mimi, even coloring on construction paper like I was nine again. Knowing that anywhere I went in Bloomington would be busy, I decided to make it a point to come back through on my way home and skip the sightseeing this time. I did drive through the town, which was filled with cute shops, bars and picturesque architecture as well as throngs of college students, parents and alumni. They certainly had nice weather for the Little 500 Weekend. But I had my own "Big 1000," as in miles, so I continued west, passing college students already beginning to party again in their yards.

I took a back road northwest to the interstate and re-entered near Terre Haute. I began looking for places to eat but really didn't find anything until I ventured to another back road paralleling the highway. I had breakfast for lunch at a silver-facaded diner across from the Greenville, Illinois courthouse. At this point, my check engine light had come on again but the dealer in Columbus had told me it would probably be OK to drive halfway across the country so I've been ignoring it.

Pulling into Columbia, Missouri at about 5:30, I found Kelly's house after a couple attempts, having taken the wrong initial exit. Within minutes, I was chilling in the backyard with her roommates Richard and Angela. Eventually more people came and we descended upon the town for dinner and drinks. Since the weather was so nice, the wait was too long at the Flat Branch Brewery so we went to Shakespeare's Pizza and pretty much parked there all night. The group also kept growing to the point that I think there must have been 20 people around three tables there. Kelly, Angela and I went back to the house, stopping at the liquor store for a 6-pack to finish off the evening. It was probably just after midnight then. So, although I didn't try any local breweries yet, I've had a pretty good time. Hopefully the car will make it the last stretch home!
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