Then our ADT turn-by-turn told us to follow the levees into E. St. Louis. So that’s just what we did. Now, we were warned of the dangers that lurk in E. St. Louis (which is actually in IL, by the way). So we hiked by old railroads and industrial areas. No more corn for a bit. But at one point we even walked by a group of prisoners moving some brush on the side of the levee. Boy did we get some googly-eyes! We knew we weren’t in the safest area, so we just booked it.
About a mile later, a police SUV pulled up and stopped us. The officer asked what we were doing up on the levee, so we explained, and then handed him our IDs. He ran them to see if we had any outstanding warrants – whew, eh? Squeaky clean! He continued to tell us that we weren’t supposed to be on this levee at all – there’s no trespassing allowed! We asked if we may be on the wrong one, but he informed us that if there was another one, we aren’t supposed to be on them, either. It had something to do with them intersecting major highway and railroad bridges. He said we could keep going to the Eads Bridge – it was only about 1/2 mile ahead. BUT, we needed to get over the river as quickly as we could because “you really shouldn’t be hiking through E. St. Louis.” So we rushed on and quickly jumped on the train across the river.
So we are now in Missouri. A NEW STATE!! We walked right up to the Arch – the gateway to the West. So we are officially in the west now. Craziness! Pretty soon we’ll be at 2000 miles!
I must have a guidebook somewhere that says you don’t have to call yourself a novice anymore after the first thousand miles.