Sunday, June 08, 2014

Long Way Round: Superman

The following post is one of many that documents the adventures of a family of bears as they turn a 10 hour road trip into a week long adventure while on their way to GeoWoodstock XII in St. Charles Missouri. If you are not up to speed, check out the introduction here.

Sometimes the best adventures are the ones you stumble on to.  A case in point:

During Geowoodstock I met a caching/travelling blog duo who go by the name +Peanuts or Pretzels. I mentioned my plans to visit objects celebrating Pointless America, like the twine ball. They mentioned they came across a giant Superman Statue.

I was intrigued, but didn't get to excited about it  We already had an extensively planned trip, and it likely wouldn't fit into it. Oh well, maybe next time etc.

We actually planned on doing the entire 10.5 hours in one stretch, to see if the kids were up to so much time in the van at once (turns out, they handled it no problem), so we were not planning on any side trips - I wasn't even planning on geocaching.

On Monday we were driving home from St. Charles.  3 hours into our journey, thru road-weary early morning eyes, like a beacon of hope and light, I saw a sign that said "Superman Statue Next Exit".

I immediately turned on my blinker and switched lanes to take the exit.

My wife was napping in the passenger side.  As I followed the "Superman statue this way blah blah" signs, she opened her eyes.  I said "Superman Statue".  She smiled approvingly.

The statue is off the interstate a few miles, in this pleasant town square of, appropriately enough, Metropolis Illinois.  It is, lets say, larger than life:
The statue is very well done.  Not only is the stand is on large enough for someone (like my wife, in this case) to take a photo without having to step into traffic, but it also includes a few steps up for the photographer to get a better angle.  Brilliantly thought out.

I figured such a location had to have a geocache nearby, but since I hand't planned on caching that day I didn't have anything loaded up.  However a quick online search showed one was 300ft away... an ammo can no less!  Couldn't be a more perfect impromptu experience.

It was a fun little outing, and it only took 15 minutes out of our way.  Just goes to show that sometimes stepping off the planned route can lead to some fun memories.

So this is the very last entry for Long Way Round. The only thing to add is that this evening we slept well in our beds at home.    Don't worry tho, we're already planning our next adventures.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more adventures of a family of Canadian bears exploring their world.



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