In order to make good progress across this vast country of America, it was required that we make at least 1000 miles on Friday. We stayed overnight in Joplin, MO, had a quick dinner and got some good information on how to head west without going all the way up to Kansas City.
The city is named for Rev. Harris Joplin who was the founder of the first Methodist Congregation and is listed as established in 1873. Some people think it was named after Scott Joplin, the ragtime composer, who also lived in Missouri, but in Sedalia.
Anyhow, Friday morning started very wet... and we ended up driving off the Interstate to make some westerly progress. Here are a few shots, after the one above, of Missouri.