— Bike for the Cure 2022 – Pre-ride Day 4

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

We started out in the rain again this morning. Our first stop was Mary Ann’s good friend and next door neighbor from the days she lived in Ottumwa.

Then it was off to St. Louis MO to visit our Aunt Louise, who has joined us at past Conventions in St. Louis (2004)  and Atlanta (2005.) We had a late lunch and stopped  at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. The Chippewa Street location is a Route 66 icon. Ted Drewes was founded in 1928. Its motto is “Our business is service.” Frozen custard is similar to ice cream but is made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar. Their specialty is “concrete” – a malt/shake so thick that it is served upside down.

Now that we have visited all friends and relatives we know along the way, we are on a mission to get to the East coast. We planned to stop at the Illinois-Indiana border tonight and hopefully get across Kentucky and West Virginia tomorrow. We thought we had it made when we were under 20 miles from Grayville IL, where Mary Ann had made a reservation at the KOA. However, the Interstate was closed and we were detoured on a couple of county roads for about 10-15 miles, one long gravel road. We finally made it back to the I-64 and arrived at the campground just as the sun went down.

Looks like we will be following the I-64 to its end in Southeast Virginia. Diesel prices tend to stay over $5.00 per gallon. However, we did pay $4.89 per gallon once and we have seen gas as low as $3.99 per gallon.

Sherri and Mary Ann

Never knew “Concrete” could taste so good.
Saint Louis Arch