|First off, I'd like to apologize for such a late post. Last night I tried to post and upload photos but part way through I got a message on the screen saying they were updating the tripjournal.com site and it would be down temporarily. I tried again a bit later, but nothing. Then I had a few difficulties earlier while trying to connect in the truck. And, finally, here I am. It will take me hours to upload photos with the connection I have through Blackberry, so they will have to wait until later. I hope to get it done tonight.
Back to day 1 of driving. At 4:30 am I woke up to a horrible ant bite itch and that seemed to start a trend. Needless to say, we were out of bed by 4:45 am and out of the house by 6:00 am. The weather was supposed to be rainy for the entire days trip, but someone was on our side and we had some clouds and only a few drops of rain during the entire 13 hour drive.
Our first stop of the day was Buc-cee's. I mean, it's kind of "the rule" to stop at Buc-cee's. For those who don't know what it is, it is a huge gas station that sells everything from fudge to kolaches to beef jerky to sandwiches and snacks to gift shop items to clothing to household items to knick knacks and every other little thing in between. They have a few "famous for's" and those are the things we usually stop for. Plus, the have restrooms bigger than our house (almost) and they are cleaner than my personal bathrooms. I never want to pee anywhere else!!
From Buc-cee's we made our way to Gainesville where we picked up lunch and headed across the border. We pretty much passed the Oklahoma sign and the next thing we seen was a huge Casino sign. I think it's because there is no gambling in Texas, or something like that. And this was only one of the hundreds of Casino's we've seen on our trip, thus far.
Our trip took us through Oklahoma City and I just have to say that it is a beautiful place from what we seen. I really wanted to stop at so many things, but we're on a timeline crunch and continued on our way through to Kansas. We got onto this major toll road where, in the end, cost us $17.75...cRaZy!! The road took us to Topeka, which was our final stop for the night, and all 5 of us were very happy to be out of the truck.
Our campground was great! Beautiful, clean, well manicured, clean, the best campground shower's I've ever used, clean, quiet and did I mention, clean? It wasn't even half full so we didn't really hear a peep out of anyone. We walked and played with the dogs, took a shower, ate supper, went online for a few minutes and were in bed, asleep, by 9:30 pm.
We knew that there was a thunder storm warning so we closed up the push-out and allowed Pyper to sleep on her bed, on the floor, beside Rhonda's side of the bed. At 3:00 am we heard a large CRASH and within seconds we had a shaking blonde dog wanting to hide under the covers because she is afraid of thunder. She spent the rest of the night in bed with us, smooshed up against Rhonda. Again, I was the one to wake the household when I felt a drip-drip-drip at the end of the bed. The crank where the antenna is, has a small leak and was allowing a few drips in. It wasn't much to worry about, despite the heavy rain, but it was enough to have us wide awake and out of bed by 5:00 am. And shortly after, we realized that it wasn't the only water problem we had. Apparently there is a leak somewhere around our pushout and water had gotten in and onto the floor by the dogs kennels. It too wasn't anything that couldn't easily be cleaned up with a couple of towels and thankfully, the rain magically stopped.
A few other things I'd like to mention, that we seen, are Toby Keith's hometown of Moore, one of his Toby Keith I <3 This Bar And Grill restaurant, a Michelin factory, a Frito Lays factory and for the first time ever, we got to see Fireflies at night. Super cool!! So all in all, Day 1 wasn't too bad of a day and the dogs travel so well. I think they just like to be with us, no matter where we are and what we're doing.