Arizona to Jackson, WY travel blog

Sunrise at Oakley, KS


Date: October 8, 2017

Tonight’s Location: Carthage, MO

Campground: Coachlight RV

Mileage: End - 20488

Start - 20016

Total Miles for the day: 472

Weather: sunny, a little wind

Temperature: start 45º

High º82

Wildlife count: box turtle on highway

Year List: 341

Birds: lot of Red-tailed Hawks, Franklin Gulls

We were up and gone by a little after 7am, even though first light was not to be until 7:20 – there was a little red in the east, and with our lights, it was easy to hook-up and get on the road – we knew we had a long day.

Mostly, it was uneventful – we had planned to take a KS highway to go way out and around Wichita, but when we were almost there, a detour sign appeared, and we had to take KS96, the bypass for Wichita. Being a Sunday, the traffic was not horrible, even though it was a holiday weekend. It was very difficult to find truck stops with any fast food nearby on the way down I-135, so after stopping at one that was not yet open, we found another where we picked up sandwiches from the deli.

We arrived at Coachlight just after 4pm – glad we had called earlier, as the place is really jammed! Hungry after our scant lunch, after fueling the truck, we enjoyed a great dinner at Cracker Barrel, just 10 miles down the road toward Joplin.

Crashed for the evening, we don’t plan on leaving early tomorrow – just have under 100 miles to home.

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