By the morning of July 4th we were ready to leave the heat - and the chiggers - behind. After one last luxurious swim in Kentucky Lake, we covered some serious miles north and west.
We passed the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River in St. Louis just as the holiday festivities were getting underway.
After crossing Missouri, we turned north at Kansas City, generally following the Missouri River up its eastern flank toward Iowa.
We had to stop at “Carhenge,” a kitschy modern take on England’s ancient monument.
We stayed overnight at the 22k-acre Fort Robinson State Park, used for a number of purposes since the latter 1800’s, and as a park since 1962.
Continuing north across the grasslands, we spent the next two nights camping in the wildflowers at the Toad Stool Geological area.