Jeff City

Headed down to the capitol building this morning. Pretty interesting, learned the city was named after Jefferson, got some shots and headed south.



Show me Missouri

It was a dark and stormy day in the state of Missouri. Garrett wanted to show us the state and we wanted to enjoy the outdoors, but the prospects were looking bleak. Under pressure, our host Garrett pulled through and found a serene piece of wilderness, packed with exotic animals to enjoy.

Shortly after our stop, we kept with the wilderness theme and headed over to Bass Pro. Still not exactly sure what Bass Pro is. First off they have a retail section the size of Wal-Mart, specializing in only hunting related gear. Then they have about 500 dead animals, consisting of maybe 100 species mounted on the walls. I guess it’s to show what you can do with the gear you buy. But wait, there’s more. They also have an aquarium, restaurants, boat dealer, museum of dead animals, McDonalds and a Starbucks. I’m sure we missed some stuff too. All under one roof.

After lunch we headed south towards Arkansas. Entering the Ozark Mountains reminded us of New England -- rolling hills, alive with the fall foliage colors. The leaves were even more colorful due to the warmer weather. However, the foliage in the Ozarks is contrasted with the cheesiest billboards in the country. You see, in the heart of the Ozarks is Branson, Missouri, or “The poor man’s Reno”.

If you don’t know about Branson, well this town is something else. It’s hard to describe. Some people call it “The Vegas of the Midwest”, but I’m not too sure about that. It’s more like a mini golf course meets a Broadway show meets a retirement home. Whatever Branson is, it’s worth a look. Especially the Titanic Museum. Some of the workers there saw us on MSNBC earlier in the day, so they called us up and offered free tickets to the museum. Pretty cool to see, thanks guys.

After checking out Branson, we parted ways with Garrett and got out to the highway. Back to some grassroots hitchin’…

Stuck in Branson

UPDATE: We made it out of Branson today, but now we're stuck just South of Branson over the Arkansas border at the junction of highway 65 and 14. If you wanna score us a ride, you know where to find us!'s what happened last night...

So we never got a ride out of Branson Friday night. We stood on the highway on-ramp for a few hours, but nobody wanted to stop.

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That’s okay, just imagine how good the ride’s gonna be tomorrow. Also, it was about time we got ‘stuck’ somewhere, needed something to keep us on our toes.

Thanks to everyone who called us, emailed us and tried to set up rides. It’s pretty cool how people on the other side of the country will spend their Friday night trying to get two strangers a ride into Arkansas. Can’t thank you enough.

So if you’re in the Branson, Missouri area and looking to go for a drive give us a call 310.494.8058. Or actually you can just stop by and say hi, here’s where we’re staying:

Branson Hotel Royale
1000 W. Main
Branson, MO
Room 502

See ya out there...