Decided that instead of a miserable 11 hour drive or an expensive 2 hour flight, I’d try a relaxed 12 hour train ride. Amtrak here I come.
I like driving, but I hate the monotony of driving alone across Missouri and Illinois. Considering the 21-25mpg gas mileage that the TA gets I’m pretty much spending the same amount to travel. I took Amtrak from STL to Chicago in high school for a scholar quiz championship and thoroughly enjoyed it. Add to that my experiences riding trains around the Czech Republic and I really think that this is the best way to travel...
...except that the train leaves here at 3:00am, which sucks so much.