Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


Sometimes we don’t sleep very well the night before a travel day.

That was not the case last night as we slept quite soundly, but still woke in time to have our coffee before pulling out of Mitchell’s RV Park at 8:15 this morning.

It was a beautiful day with clear skies and bright sunshine.

The cold front went through the part of north Texas we were in, clearing out the storms. However, the warm, muggy, 88 degree temperature we experienced yesterday was replaced with cool, even cold, temperatures and a brisk wind out of the north.

That wind was unfortunate for us as we drove into a very brisk headwind nearly all the way today, and that had a definite effect on the fuel mileage.

After 5 hours and 45 minutes of driving, I averaged only 8.3 mpg with the truck.

Marilyn’s little car did it’s thing getting 38.5 mpg. Sigh…….

If I could just figure out a way to pull the Fifth Wheel with that little car, we might have something!

It was 2:00 PM when we pulled in to the Checotah KOA, happy to get off the road for the day.

By the way, Checotah is pronounced like Dakota, only it begins with a “sh” sound. Like Shakota.

Tomorrow we have a shorter day of driving, as we are going only to Carthage, Missouri, where we plan to stop for the night at the Coachlight RV Park.

Then we’ll try to get an early start on Sunday and make it to Hannibal, where we plan to remain until we leave for Colorado.

Oh, the KOA here has a little restaurant where they fix dinner and breakfast. They will even deliver the food you order, to your RV.

That is a nice touch.

So our travel day drifts slowly to a close. It is good to be off the road and relaxing with the company of my Hon.

Life is Good!



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