Travel & Food – Driving from Chicago to Kansas City

As the title suggests, we didn’t do much yesterday other than sit in the car. It took us just over 8 hours to drive from Chicago to Kansas City with a quick stop in Springfield, Illinois for lunch. We drove 500 miles on a tank and a quarter of petrol in our Yaris that cost about $40 (£24)! Crazy!

Everyone always talks about the amount of space in America. It’s the kind of space that as an English person, you can’t really comprehend until you see it. The houses are literally miles apart. And although they look lovely and idyllic, the more practical side of me can’t help but wonder how frustrating it must be if you forget something at the store or how scary it is to know that if you hurt yourself, how long it would take to get to the nearest hospital. It must get pretty lonely too, especially if you’re a kid or teenager.

Most of our drive was rather dull flatlands but there were odd sections where the trees were gorgeously autumnal or the houses would be especially pretty.

Driving from Chicago to Kansas CityWe stopped off about halfway in Springfield, Illinois at a place called Cozy Dog Drive-in. It’s actually on Route 66 and is the home of the corn dog. I’ve always wanted to try a corn dog so I was pretty excited. I rather liked it. It was a cheap Oscar Mayar weiner dipped in batter, but not like a battered sausage in the UK, more like a pancake batter. I’d have preferred a better quality sausage I think but for $2 it was pretty good.

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Missouri state lineWhen we left Chicago, it was grey, raining and about 60F (15 degrees) and it just got sunnier and sunnier and hotter and hotter as we drove to Kansas City. It was about 80F when we arrived (26 degrees).

Driving into Kansas CityIt’s quite funny driving into Kansas City. After hours and hours of flat land, there’s suddenly a little bunch of skyscrapers on the horizon. We arrived around 4pm and checked into our hotel (Hotel Phillips) then went to meet some of Nicks friends and American Royal team members, including the lovely Derek who we stayed with in Napa earlier this year.

We hung out at Marks house for a little while, catching up and then went to Port Fonda for dinner (you can tell how cool it is just from the website!). It was all a bit spicy and wacky for me (pigs tails & tongue tacos) but the guys loved it. We didn’t take any photos as Nick had left his camera at Marks house but Simon was tweeting some pictures. Then we went to Glace for some beautiful ice-cream. I had fleur de sel caramel and Christopher Elbow dark chocolate.

Today I’m on my own as Nick is doing a judging course to become a certified Kansas City Barbecue judge so I’ve spent the morning catching up on work, emails and blog stuff and will probably spend the day just wandering around the residential streets ogling the incredible houses. Everything looks like a movie here! I would LOVE to stay for Halloween! Unfortunately Nick has the camera so I’ll only be able to take iPhone snaps but I’ll be sharing them on Instagram and the blog tomorrow I’m sure.