Wednesday, July 20, 2005

West of The Mississippi

We crossed the Mississippi River at noon and are now traveling north towards St. Louis, Missouri. I-55 parallels the big river and is absolutely flat since it is on the floodplain. We are stopped for lunch at the Missouri Welcome Center which is about 3 miles from New Madrid, Missouri. That is where one of the greatest earthquakes in this country occurred. It was so powerful that it altered the course of the Mississippi River creating Reelfoot Lake. We hope the fault holds together until we get a little further down the road.