We rode about seven miles south, then turned around. For the most part the sun stayed behind the clouds, which made for a cool and comfortable ride. About a half mile before we got back to the tower we went right and made a stop at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, which commemorates the Illinois starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The site had a very nice interpretative center, but we didn't spend much time there. We were getting hungry, and our food was all back in the car.
It was a quick ride back to the tower. While we ate we walked through the garden area and read the informational signs, then headed toward the visitor center to get our tickets. We only had to wait a few minutes for a tour guide, who led us up the elevator. There are landings at 50, 100, and 150 feet. At the highest point we could see downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch, which is 19 miles south. As we walked from one side of the landing to the other, Tony felt a drop of rain hit his arm. By time we got back to the car there was a steady drizzle coming down.
It was time to end our adventure and head home.