Today marked our second and final rest day of the trip, and a chance to recharge before six full days of parks. Our destination for the day was St Louis, possibly the best known city in Missouri. The coaches dropped us off in front of the famous arch, a magnificent structure standing some six hundred and thirty feet into the air. Quite a number of us elected to take the lift to the top. Apparently the mechanism was designed and built by Arrow Dynamics, which seemed quite appropriate given that this was after all a coaster holiday. The seating was particularly cramped for us, which made me wonder whether some of the more rotund local citizens would fit in the cars at all.
After returning to ground level we went for a bit of a wander. The best plan seemed to be a river cruise, which we duly booked ourselves in for. It turned out that there wasn't a lot to see from this vantage point, though at least it was possible to get a good photo of the arch as a whole. We also found our way into the President Casino, where I was rather flattered to be asked to show ID to prove my age, something that hasn't happened in quite a while. Adam was the only member of our group to risk his money, and he dutifully amused us by successfully losing $10 in the space of five minutes. Gambling is not something that has ever interested me much; I consider it a tax on stupidity.
We took a trip on the Metro Link to Union Station, a complex featuring a variety of interesting shops. The ubiquitous tacky t-shirt shop proved the surprise hit of the morning, with us spending a full fifteen minutes examining shirts which nobody in their right mind could actually wear. It was tempting to pick up one or two of them anyway, but in the end we decided not to.