Ryan and Megan's Midwest II Itinerary
Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Monday, September 3, 2007
Howdy, folks! A couple years ago (can you
believe it's been that long?), Megan and I went out to Kansas, Missouri,
Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa for what we liked to call our "Midwest
Trip." Well, we loved it so much that we are heading back again!
This time, we'll be closer to home, hovering around the Mississippi
River, but we'll still be checking out 8 different states - and a few
will be new for both of us. It'll be a trip that will take us
2,000 miles of driving distance over the course of 5 days. But
what else is new? So here we go - the rains have ceased, the
temperatures have dropped - Midwest, here we come!
All times are local to
the particular city. The entire trip (all 2,000 miles of it) will
be in the Central Time Zone. That's 1 hour behind Eastern Daylight
Time. For those along the Atlantic coast, we've added your time in [brackets] so you don't need
to do any math!
Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell):
Phone (Megan's Cell):
(will be checked as often as possible)
Flight #1: Thursday, August 30, 2007 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight
to St. Louis)
DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at
6:30 AM [6:30 AM]
ARRIVE St. Louis, MO (STL) at
7:40 AM [8:40 AM]
Flight #2: Monday, September 3, 2007 -
Airlines - Flight 225 (St. Louis to Baltimore)
DEPART St. Louis, MO (STL)
at 7:25 PM [8:25 PM]
ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI)
at 10:15 PM [10:15 PM]
Hotel: Night 1, August 30, 2007
Best Western Airport Inn
701 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Hotel: Night 2,
August 31, 2007
Days Inn Memphis at Graceland
3839 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Hotel: Night 3,
September 1, 2007
Western Saddleback Inn
4300 SW 3rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Hotel: Night 4,
September 2, 2007
Comfort Suites Medical District
310 E. Monastery, Campbell St & US-60
Springfield, MO 65810
Car Rental: August 30 (7:30am) - September 3 (7:00pm)
Alamo Rent A Car
10124 Natural Bridge Rd.
St Louis, MO 63134
Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the
bottom. For context, this section was written by Ryan.
Thursday, August 30:
What an early morning! If we can manage to get ourselves over to
the airport in the better part of the 5:00am hour (usually the time I
wake up for work), we should be fine to catch our 6:30am flight to St.
Louis . There is tons to do in this city, believe it or not.
We can get drunk with the folks at Anheuser-Busch or just climb up the
Gateway Arch. What a better way to start the trip than with a
visit to the city that is the gateway to the west! We can't stay
too long because we need to head South into Kentucky  - a new state
for the both of us! From there, we'll head into Nashville for a
good night's rest .
Friday, August 31:
If we were country music fans, we would love the city of Nashville.
Hmmm... Not so much. I'm sure there will be something interesting
to do here. If not, we'll make our way over to Memphis, home of
the king of Rock 'n Roll. Graceland  will of course be the
highlight here. Perhaps if we get a bit greedy, we'll also pop
into Mississippi for no other reason than to add yet another state to
our "been there" checklist. In any case, this is where we will be
spending the night.
Saturday, September 1:
Can we get an early morning start today? Hopefully! If so,
we'll drive on over to Little Rock, Arkansas. What's that?
Another new state? Oh boy, oh boy! This would also mean that
Megan only has two more to go to have visited every state in the nation
(missing Alaska and Louisiana). Maybe we'll have to cut out
Mississippi - Megan can't jump that far ahead! Anyway, in the city
of Little Rock, we can see all the good that Slick Willy has done for
the country when we visit his museum  and I guess we'll find more to
do once we get there. If we finish early, we can explore the
Ozarks in Northern Arkansas before heading to our destination for the
night, Oklahoma City.
Sunday, September 2:
Oklahoma, it is so good to see you again. We 'accidentally' went
to this state before when we were trying to find some Tallgrass National
Prairie. Ask us about that some other time - or watch our movie.
Anyway, from Oklahoma City, we'll drive east toward Tulsa , the home
of Hanson. Can you guess which one of us wants
to do that? After grabbing a bite for lunch, we'll go to a very
special place in northern Oklahoma - the home of the Tallgrass Prairie
. Yes, now that it's almost September and the grass is longer,
we'll give it another try. In almost no time at all, we'll be
driving to Springfield, Missouri  where we'll spend our last night
under a billion Midwest stars.
Monday, September 3:
Our last day! Whew! From Springfield, we head south to
Branson , since it seems that there is more to do here.
Whatever the case, we need to get on the road toward St. Louis  by
noon to catch our flight home. And that, my friends, is our trip.
Sorry there weren't many details, but we'll be kind of winging this
trip. It's hard to find time to actually plan these things, but at
least we were able to get flights, cars, and hotels! Have a great
Labor Day weekend!
Don't have time to read
all my nonsense? I don't blame you. Just check out the map
below to see our guesstimated route.
As before, these are some links where you
"might" be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click "Retry"
as applicable to view the latest
RML Software (http://www.flightview.com/)