Branson, Missouri

 

Got back this past Friday from a trip from, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to Branson, MO, with a side trip to St Louis. Total 3500 km (2175 miles)

Before leaving, I did some pre-planning. First needed to download some very important files from POI Factory.

1. Rest Areas Combined: When you need a pee break, you don't want to risk missing that Rest Area.
2. Bob Evans: Just had to have breakfast at BE at least once. Hit the Port Huron location about 8:30 AM, last Thursday, after breezing through US Immigration.
3. Cheesecake Factory: Eating here is like dying and going to heaven. The meals are great and the CHEESECAKE is Oh! SO GOOD! Hit the St Louis Galleria CCF on the trip home.

I plotted my there and back routes on Streets and Trips first and then used GEEPEX Editor to Geocode waypoints that would force American Jill, to go the way that I wanted to go. Took I-69 down to I-70 and on way back took I-55 to I-*) and I-94. My personal recommendation is to avoid that route. Way too busy especially the stretch south of Lake Michigan.

I also plotted key points, in Branson such st the theaters we were seeing and also locations in St Louis.

St Louis is a beautiful city and I want to see some of the other sites next trip. Spent most of the time near the Gateway Arch. Great view and neat place.

Branson was terrific and if you like good family fun, such as Country and Western, Gospel and Non-gutter comedy, then Branson is the place to go. Good outlet malls.

Going in November and December has it's good points and bad points. If you like Christmas Shows, it's all Christmas Shows. The bad point, is you don't have a choice seeing a mix of some Christmas Shows and some non Christmas Shows.

If you go, gotta check out Shoji Tabuchi's washrooms. And he puts on a really good show.

Pierce Arrow, Baldknobbers Rankin Bros and Oakridge Boys are fantastic.

All in all, American Jill did a great job. Any problems were mine when I inadvertently went off her route. Some of those interchange basket weaves can get confusing, especially when you get one for I-170 and I-70 close together. You just gotta keep tabs on the distance to the next turn.

Otherwise, it went well.

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Sounds like a great trip

As to mapping routes, you can use several of the web based sites as well. I planned a lot of our vacation using Bing and then sent it to the Nuvi over my MSN receiver.

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davidkbrown wrote: St Louis

davidkbrown wrote:

St Louis is a beautiful city and I want to see some of the other sites next trip. Spent most of the time near the Gateway Arch. Great view and neat place.

Glad you enjoyed it.
Come back any time.
Let me know if you need anything.

Bob Evans

The best damn Bob Evans is in Fenton MO, exit 272 on the I-44. I'm talking about buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. Bad side is it's 200 miles from Aledo.

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