Getting up early, I traveled down I-55 through a gut-clenching, hydroplane-causing, can’t-see-20-feet-in-front-of-you downpour for 30 minutes till I got to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Now Ste. Genevieve is a charming little town on the banks of the Mississippi river with a French heritage. I would have loved to get out of the car for a nice walk, but it was raining cats and dogs. I stopped in a lot next to the river and tried to watch a barge being filled by a grain elevator on the Illinois side, but this was the best I could do:
After driving all around Ste. Gevevieve, I traveled mostly on Route 61 down to Cape Girardeau. By the time I got there, the rain had turned into intermittent showers and gray skies. I stayed a good long time on the riverbank watching barges tug past, missing living in Memphis and thinking old thoughts.
I crossed the bridge to Illinois and stopped at a little park in Thebes before heading on to Cairo. Having listened to a podcast recently about Cairo, I have to admit that Bob was right. I have never seen so many decrepit, haunted-looking mansions in one place before. I should mention that I got lost before Cairo and had to stop to ask for directions.
Now, on to Route 60, over the Ohio River on a truly scary bridge, and on to Paducah, Kentucky. Had a great dinner and went downtown to watch the fireworks. I would like to come back to Paducah someday, it is full of very friendly people and has a great downtown.
Waiting for fireworks in Paducah, Kentucky.
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