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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!
~ Ryan

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): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: webmaster@ryanandmegan.net (will be checked as often as possible)


Vitals:

Flight:
OUTBOUND

Flight #1: Thursday, August 30, 2007 - TRACK IT!

Southwest Airlines - Flight 1052 (Baltimore 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 - TRACK IT!
Southwest 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]


Lodging
:
Hotel: Night 1, August 30, 2007

Best Western Airport Inn
701 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615-889-9199

Hotel: Night 2, August 31, 2007
Days Inn Memphis at Graceland
3839 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Phone: 901-346-5500

Hotel: Night 3, September 1, 2007
Best Western Saddleback Inn
4300 SW 3rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Phone: 405-947-7000

Hotel: Night 4, September 2, 2007
Comfort Suites Medical District
310 E. Monastery, Campbell St & US-60
Springfield, MO 65810
Phone: 417-887-8500


Transportation
:
Car Rental: August 30 (7:30am) - September 3 (7:00pm)

Alamo Rent A Car
10124 Natural Bridge Rd.
St Louis, MO 63134
Phone: 888-826-6893
 


Itinerary:

Note:  The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom.  For context, this section was written by Ryan.
 

Thursday, August 30:
Click for Saint Louis, Missouri Forecast

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 [1].  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 [2] - a new state for the both of us!  From there, we'll head into Nashville for a good night's rest [3].

Friday, August 31:
Click for Nashville, Tennessee Forecast

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 [4] 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:
Click for Little Rock, Arkansas Forecast

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 [5] 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:
Click for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Forecast

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 [8], 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 [9].  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 [10] where we'll spend our last night under a billion Midwest stars.

Monday, September 3:
Click for Springfield, Missouri Forecast

Our last day!  Whew!  From Springfield, we head south to Branson [11], since it seems that there is more to do here.  Whatever the case, we need to get on the road toward St. Louis [12] 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!


Map:
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.




 


Flight Tracking:

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 information.

  • Trip.com (http://www.trip.com/trs/cheaptickets/galileo_flight_tracker/galileo_home.xsl)

  • FlyteComm (http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight)

  • Flight Explorer (http://fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/)

  • RML Software (http://www.flightview.com/)

 

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