We’ve fallen into a rhythm, wake up early, shower fast, and google “breakfast”. The area the most pins fall we point the car there.
This led us to East Market St. in Louisville. A handful of breakfast pins dropped along one street in south Louisville. Walking around we soon discover the west isn't into early meals during the week and our options where less then the internet let on plus traveling with a dog complicates things. But our limited options lead us to the amazing Earth Friend’s Cafe where we enjoyed an awesome healthy breakfast and smoothie. Our friendly waitress suggested we check out another popular street and explore Cherokee park, apparently designed by the same designer of Central and Prospect Parks.
The friendly locals let Kleine into their locked dog park and the boy gets some off leash time. We spend the rest of the day in Louisville. Eating pulled pork at Mikes Feed Store and downing iced coffee from Heine Brothers.
Our next stop is St. Louis but we have some spare time to get there. Clara plots us on a slightly different route. Soon we’re driving down an dusty gravel road in the middle of nowhere.
“It’s a shortcut, but not really short”
It's incredibly flat, we’re surrounded by endless farm land. The car’s creaking as it cools down is the last noise we hear standing in the middle of the road, it's dead silent out here, incredibly peaceful. Kleine runs up and down the road, completely at home exploring. Continuing on we encounter old farm structures and abandoned oil wells.
Before long we realize why there are no crops, the west has been hammered with rain storms and the ground is saturated. We discover this after encountering a massive car sized puddle. Deciding the Rabbit might not fair to well we drive up around the side and immediate begin to sink, dropping the car into second we slip out just as the back wheels start to spin. Around the corner we see the puddle is nothing. The road leads straight into a lake that's expanded way beyond its boarder. Turning around we run into a local fishing in the road and decide we’re out of options and back track taking photos and snacking on peanut butter and apples.
By 11 pm we park in front of Clara’s aunts house.