DD2 and I made a road trip to Sedalia MO, she had a job interview and I went along for the ride. If she gets/takes the job, it would mean relocating, but it would be a job in her field of study and that would be important for her future career in behavior/social work. So it could mean she won't even unpack here.
Sedalia is north, between Kansas City and St Louis, not far from Columbia and the state capital, Jefferson City. It has a population of about 21,000 and is the site of the Missouri State Fair and the Scott Joplin Ragtime festival. From 1866–1874 it rapidly grew because of the railroad and cattle.
Our Googled directions had taken us there on two lane highways, I presume to keep us from going too far north of Kansas City to cut across,which would have been my choice. We took Highway 50 back, through Kansas City and decided to treat ourselves to a Trader Joe's visit which is 90 minutes from Sedalia but close to 2.5 hours from where we live in Southwestern MO. TJ's Joplin...... if you build it, we would come.