>Well, after Wentzville, MO, we drove through the southern tip of Illinois for a bit, and then we drove through the southern tip of Indiana for a bit more, and then onto Lexington, KY where we stopped for the night. While we were driving into St Louis, I managed to get some pictures of the Gateway Arch! It’s really impressive; well to me at least, I’m sure locals are unimpressed with it. I don’t know what bridge we’re on though, but driving through, you can see that there’s a TON of bridges on the river(s). The picture was taken on a bridge, and you can see at least two or three in the picture! It was amazing. I discovered later that you can actually go into the arch, but we didn’t know that at the time, and honestly I’m not sure we would have stopped and gone in even if we did know.
When we got into Kentucky, we actually crossed the state line via bridge going over the Ohio River. Of course, because Kentucky is famous for the Kentucky Derby, we saw a ton of horses. Our stay in Lexington was quite uneventful; for me and the girls that is. Jeff said at around 3:00 in the morning, he heard yelling and screaming coming out of the office -our room was right above it- and heard what could only be described a drunk lady calling the lady in the office racial slurs, and got called some names back in return. I guess there was something going on in the city, because if it weren’t for online reservations, we would not have been able to get a room. Jeff said when he checked in, the guy behind him got turned away because there weren’t any more vacancies!
Our drive out of Kentucky was uneventful leaving Sunday morning. It wasn’t until we got into West Virginia that it started to get… interesting. It was okay until we got around Charleston -the capital city for those of you who are geography flunkies- and for some nutty reason, our GPS decided to tell us to get OFF of I-64 and onto I-79 to US 19, and then had us ride onto these state roads. Not too sure what they are really called, but it was the worst/scariest 30 miles of our life. They were these two lane roads; meaning it had one lane going one way and one lane going the other way. The speed limit was 55, and the roads were crazy… uphill, downhill, aroundhill… Jeff said it was very nerve wracking and he was strongly reminded of his days of driving in Honduras. The only thing that was different was the fact that the roads in West VA were paved, whereas in Honduras they aren’t. When we finally got back onto the interestate, we stopped off at a rest stop and took a potty break, because I know we ALL needed it! During our stop, we made arrangements to stay with my aunt and uncle in Waynesboro. We were planning to stay the night in Lexington, VA.. but we were fortunate enough to be able to cancel our reservation, save 70 bucks! We crossed the state line into Virginia, and we stopped in Covington to eat dinner before we rolled into my aunt and uncles’ driveway around 8 pm. Then we stayed up until 1:30 in the morning yapping like my family likes to do::wink::
We left Waynesboro after Uncle Pablo was kind enough to make us a quick pancake breakfast and we finally rolled into Virginia Beach around 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon. I was planning on blogging about our first week here, but it’s taken so long to write this blog, I’ll have to save it for another time.
We’re having fun though, I promise!