U2360USA Day 1 – Memphis to KC

I’m finally on my U2 360 Tour road trip across America that I have been planning for over a year! I’m sitting in my hotel room in Independence, Missouri right outside Kansas City with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. Elvis is a little anxious as usual, and Cilla is relaxed as usual. I’m somewhere in between.

Elvis and Cilla in MO hotel

We left Memphis at 9:45 this morning and 455 miles later we arrived in Independence, Missouri at 5:55pm after stopping just once. Along the way we saw flooding rivers, Bono Arkansas, a lot of construction and small towns. Luckily it is Saturday, so even with the construction there was no traffic. For about an hour in Arkansas, we drove through many small towns with ‘filling stations’ and ‘population 450.’  When we stopped halfway, it was freezing and windy and cloudy and 52 degrees! A big difference from the 90 degrees in had been in Memphis this past week.

I have decided that along with reporting on the U2 360 Tour across America and all the sights I’ll see along the way, I’m going to sample local pizza in each city. Pizza is my most favorite food. So here in Kansas City, I ordered pizza from Minsky’s which boasts ‘Kansas City’s Best Pizza since 1976.’ I ordered an extra cheese pizza, which is what I always order. It was a little pricey for a 14 inch pizza – $20 with delivery charge. It was good, not great, but good and very cheesy – which is important.

KC’s best pizzaextra cheese Minsky’s

extra cheese

Now I’m going to enjoy the rest of my pizza and watch my favorite James Dean in East of Eden. Hopefully I’ll get some good sleep tonight because I’m leaving at 8am tomorrow to meet my mom and aunt in Omaha at 11am. Hopefully more people will wave to me as they drive past me on the road like they did today!

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About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (327 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90 and soon to be 100) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

5 Comments on U2360USA Day 1 – Memphis to KC

  1. Uau… Your summer will be wonderful!
    I “m Brazilian, but I ‘ll spend some days in California in June! and guess what???
    I’m going to Anaheim 2!
    I love your Blog!

  2. Tara Verburg // May 15, 2011 at 10:04 am // Reply

    Hi – I came across your post and thought you might be able to help me.

    I am going to the 6/4 U2 concert. It is my birthday that day and so excited.

    I have a small conflict and I am wondering if you could guess when U2 would actually start playing if the concert tickets start the show at 7 pm. Lenny Kravitz is the opening act. And how long would they play for?

    Basically, how much of the concert would I miss, if I showed up at 8:45 pm 😦

    Awesome site btw!!!!

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