Almost 200 miles to the outskirts of Topeka, then left onto I-270. At its terminus get lost as Emily doesn't recognise the name of the intermediate destination. Well she should, it's world-famous. By dint of cunning map-reading and then telling Emily to take me to Lawrence, I found myself driving along a road which looked awfully familiar from Google Streetview, thereby proving that the thing has some use. And thus I arrived in:
|Stull. It really exists!|
|Stull, now with added "lasagna"|
|A gateway to Hell, yesterday|
This semi-loop takes one round to the south of Kansas Cities, of which there are also two. The original one is that of Missouri - its smaller namesake on the opposite bank of the river did not exists until Kansas became a state or something. You don't have to imagine the conversation that was shouted back and forth across the river, because Dave Gorman has done it for you in America Unchained. Once back on I-70, I was definitely in Missouri although it took about eighty miles before I could find some fairly rubbish proof of passage. "Welcome to Missouri. Now sod off" would have been better than what I ended up with.
|"MoDOT" is the Missouri Department Of Transportation, acronym fans|
So what is Missouri like? It's almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Kansas. It has more trees and is lumpier and contains many a billboard for "Adult Superstore" which I imagine to be a euphemism for what we BRITONS would call a "Sex Shop". One, or possibly two, such establishments announce their presence on a Several of billboards. These read:
"PASSION'S: COUPLE'S ADULT SUPERSTORE"
in letters about six feet high. I'm not sure whether this is worse than the "SWEET CRON" sign I encountered in Oregon in 2009. I suspect it is.
And so to Wentzville. Wentzville is close to being a 'burb of St. Louis (pronounce "Sunt Lewis", natch) and was immortalised in song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers. This, and the fact that it doesn't have a branch of Burger King, is all you need to know about Wentzville.
New states visited: Missouri.