I was home by 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon. I wasn't exhausted, because I had managed to sleep for most of the Chicago-to-Columbus leg of the trip, but I was quite frustrated, an emotion that I have never handled well. The Wi-Fi worked less than 90 minutes of the entire journey, and the driver home stopped the bus once or twice because of strange noises he claims he heard the engine make.
The icing on the cake was when we came back to Columbus. I planned to get off the bus at the OSU Student Union, which is closer to my house than the stop by Nationwide Insurance downtown. The driver did not know where to drop us off, so we circled the block while some students gave the guy directions.
I cannot say I ate healthily on the trip. The first rest stop was in St. Paul, Indiana, at Love's Travel Stop. (Considering the odd routes on Megabus, it wouldn't have been impossible for a trip to St. Louis from Columbus to go by way of St. Paul, Minnesota!) From Chicago to St. Louis, we stopped at the Dixie Travel Plaza in McLean, Ill.
I can say with pride that I managed to do everything on my St. Louis to-do list. For the first time since 1993, I took the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch, and took some pictures, both to the east (toward Illinois) and the west (at St. Louis itself). I am glad that I made a reservation online beforehand. Since this was the last "summer vacation" weekend, the Arch was packed.
|With the Old Courthouse in the center, here is a westward-looking view from the observation deck of the Gateway Arch. This is downtown St. Louis.|