Last week we did Phoenix, AZ to Mesquite, TX to Lenexa, KS to Houston, TX to San Antonio, TX to Dallas, TX to Richmond, CA and then back to Phoenix, AZ - a total of 5,318 miles. This week it's Phoenix to Salt Lake City to Atlanta to Nashville to Oklahoma City to Kansas City to Denver and then back to Phoenix - that'll final out at 5,363 miles for the week.
I'm pretty sure only a truck driver can understand what it's like to drive over 5,000 miles in a week. And until I started doing this, I had no idea that truckers drove so much. I had no idea that anyone drove so much. Anyway...
In the midst of all that driving, we realized that we'd be passing through Columbia, Missouri. Normally, this would mean nothing to me, but the last time I talked to my Uncle Tony, he asked if we'd ever been to the Midway Travel Plaza. I hadn't. I didn't know it at the time, but the Midway Travel Plaze is where the Travel Channel films a show called Truck Stop Missouri. He asked me to get a picture if I was ever there. Easy enough.
In the wee hours of the morning, we pulled in to check it out. I knew I wouldn't be getting out of the truck since I was in my jammies, but I could certainly get a picture. So there you have it - a picture of a "famous" truck stop taken in the middle of the night.
I have never seen the show - although I've seen previews - but I have to tell you, this place is a dump. It's one of those truck stops I would never stop at unless absolutely necessary - like driving on fumes necessary. It didn't look like a place you'd film anything, let alone something for the Travel Channel. Who would go there?? Crappy parking lot with tons of potholes. Eeery lighting. Super seedy. If it weren't for the arctic temperatures, I'm sure there would have been a swarm of lot lizards too.
I don't see any reason why you'd want to go there, but if you do, you can't miss it - it's nestled among the triple-x shops and adult bookstores. You'll be able to navigate via the billboards: "XXX", "Live Nude Girls 24/7", "Adult Videos", Midway Travel Plaza, "Massages 24/7", "Lingerie Shop", "Sex Toys", etc.
Missouri is one of the only states where the sex industry, advertised via billboards, is so noticeably present. It's all over the state, specifically on I-70 and I-44. You can't drive a stretch of either interstate without seeing one of these advertisements. At least in Vegas, it's confined to the town itself, which you know is a hotbed of sin.
Ed saw a billboard last night where the mouth of a blow-up doll in the shape of a heart was featured front and center. For such a conservative state, there certainly seems to be a lot of outlets for people who have a proclivity towards all things of the sleazy sexual nature. Makes you think there must be a lot of people there needing to be serviced.
Even if they have to blow something up to get the job done.
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