Westward Ho!

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Miles: 412

Early morning in Evansville. We have a lot of miles to drive today and need to get started. All of us get up early enough to still enjoy the Master Suite coffee ritual. Dad thoughfully set up Steel Cut Oatmeal in the crockpot last night. By this morning it is hot and creamy. He supplements with special Cinnamon Toast which makes us all happy.

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“You have to leave so you can come back.” – Alice Weisling

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Mom and dad’s beautiful backyard

Our reluctant goodbyes are said knowing that we will be back in just a couple of months. Thanks, Mom and Dad for hosting us and cooking awesome meals for us! We appreciate it ALL.

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The Benz is set on “Go West Young Man” and we depart the Love Boat. As we approach St. Louis we are prepared for a snarl of construction and traffic. However, it is Sunday and we breeze right on through. The rest of the day is a trek through Missouri before arriving at our destination for the night – Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City was chosen specifically so that we could have dinner at a “real” KC Steakhouse (more on that later). I found a great hotel smack in downtown so that we can walk to the restaurant. The Hilton President is a wonderful hotel located in one of downtown’s old buildings. We are staying for free (on Hilton Honors points) tonight. Because of our status with HH I ask if we are upgraded. Yes! I read online that the rooms here are rather small and I am eager to see what an “upgrade” looks like.

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The room is fabulous with extra room and a great view of downtown. We settle in and watch the end of the Champions Golf tour where Tiger won for the first time in several years. Very exciting! Whether or not you like Tiger personally, you gotta appreciate the work he has done in making a smashing comeback.

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It is a beautiful evening – perfect for a stroll around the historic downtown of Kansas City.  Downtown here has been revitalized and is a beautiful area full of restaurants, nightclub, hotels and a huge convention center.

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Dinner tonight is at the Majestic Restaurant. The Majestic is a real treasure in KC. It has a long and storied history of the KC Jazz scene. Usually there is a combo playing in the Jazz Club downstairs, but since it is Sunday, the club is closed. But there is an outstanding jazz pianist playing upstairs in the dining room. We sit at the bar for a cocktail and listen.

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(pianist is on the left)

The Majestic’s menu is just what you want in a steakhouse. They have many serious cuts of beef that all sound way too large for us! In the end Rich orders the 10oz strip and I go for the 6oz filet – perfect! Our steaks were expertly prepared and some of the best we have tried. A beautiful bottle of Shiraz complemented the entire meal. (We only had a glass each and corked it for further down the road…). So happy that we made the stop here. Great find, Rich!

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Walking back to the President we contemplated going to the Green Lady Lounge that our server said was a great jazz club open until 3:00am. Hmmm. Maybe not – last time we stayed up that late was for a very special wedding in Spain! We will put it on our list for a future visit.

We retire to our room happy to know that we do NOT have to get up early tomorrow. We are scheduled to drive only a couple of hours before a round of golf and a stop for the night. Goodnight Kansas City.

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