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Jul 10, 2017 - Saint Louis, MO

No rain and very little traffic until we were 30 miles out. Jean had taken over the Pilot’s responsibility from about 150 miles out. She did a great job and may even do it again. (Ooooo, I think that’s pushing it). She even pulled in for fuel like a pro. The last 30 miles were not so pleasant. (Thank goodness I let John take over again). We had two GPS’s going plus a map and neither one could find the park. Our first attempt turned us right instead of left and we found ourselves in a mostly abandoned area of town. Our next took us...

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Sep 22, 2015 - St.Louis Mo.

I will start by apologizing to my faithful readers. Who knew that retirement would be so eventful and action packed! We are currently in Saint Louis (we are on the Ilinois side, but camped in the city, beside the Mississippi. In anticipation of the many things we want to do here we have booked a week. We are planning a baseball game for Friday night and a trip up the Arch and a riverboat cruise on Thursday. Wednesday is to be an adventure touring downtown, and today is to catch up on shopping and life maintenance. On arrival here we found...

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Sep 3, 2014 - UhOh

GPS and road construction around Saint Louis just didn't hit it off. First traffic issue of the trip. Last 10 miles required one hour and lots of patience. Then Linda couldn't get ice maker to work so Mr Fixit picked it up and poured water directly into the CO/Propane detector. We'll see tomorrow if it works after dry out. Forgot to mention that the campground is part of thee Casino Queen casino. Nice dinner and a non smoking casino were nice experiences. And then Linda found the roulette wheel!!!! Even worse, this is our two night rest...

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Westward Ho

Apr 8, 2014 - under the arch

We drove from trees with fresh green leafs and blossoms to trees that look like they aren't even thinking about spring. The drive was much more challenging than it needed to be. Brisk NW winds pushed us around the road and had a deleterious effect on the gas mileage. It rained; the sun came out; it rained; the sun came out. Spring in the Midwest. St. Louis is always a challenging city to pass through. Many expressways come together here and join up to cross the Mississippi River. The first city on the Illinois side is East St. Louis. If a...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Casino Queen

We drove from Fulton to St. Louis, IL. It was a very nice drive and we are set up at the Casino Queen RV Park. It is located on the east side of the Mississippi River. After we checked in and got set up we went over to the casino. We did ok but we still don’t own the casino. Friday, September,20, Another day at the casino and still don’t own it. Went touring downtown St Louis. Nice City. We played two more days at the casino, won a little but still don’t own the casino. Will move on the Ky tomorrow,

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Aug 24, 2010 - Home of the Blues

Hone of the blues. Campground right in city, river and at a casino, caching. Had to cut across some lanes to make the turn or we would have ended downtown, fast hands lol. Set up right across from the huge arch that is the gateway to the west very nice. Off to casino as we call for a Ride that is provided what a place. i as usual had no luck Randi provided the winnings as usual and came home with more than she went with. Ate at the big buffet in casino too much as usual and back to rig to drift off listening to night trains go chugging by

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Nascar Adventure

Jul 1, 2010 - Finally arrived at Campground

We've arrived at our Campsite at the Casino Queen RV Lot. So happens, we are in the parking lot of the Casino Queen, with a beautiful view of the St Louis Arch. We're here because I want to see the July 4th fireworks over the Arch. Bonus, we changed time zones so we are an hour earlier than we thought. :-) Bobby

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Jun 18, 2010 - Friday Moline, IL

Bob got up early and took the car into get new tires. By the time, he got back the sky was looking pretty threatening. Bob decided to play some putt golf until the storm "hit". Well it hit pretty damn fast. The power went off and I stuck my head out to see where Bob was and the door almost blew off the hinges. I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots - got a great one of what they call a shelf cloud here - before the rain and wind really hit. Grabbed Darby, jumped into the car and headed over to the club house to wait out the storm Once...

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The Trip of 2010

Jun 17, 2010 - Thursday Moline, IL

This morning we drove to the Swedona Lutheran Church. Bob had recently discovered that he was baptized at this church. This is the church where Bob's mother and her siblings were baptized and confirmed. Marlene Metzger (Bob's cousin) said that her cousin Jean Cooper was a member at the church and would be happy to meet us there to look through the church's old records. Although Jean wasn't there when we arrived, the church secretary was expecting us and showed us to the basement and got out all the old church records. Bob found the entries...

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The Trip of 2010

Jun 16, 2010 - Wednesday Moline, IL

We met a whole horde of Bulls for breakfast at a place called Ice Cream Palace. Now the strange thing about having breakfast here is that they serve Mexican food - for breakfast?? and they do not sell ice cream (what's with that name?? The group then split in half with half going over to see Joe Jr's new RV and the other half heading to the casino. Our plan was to go see the RV and then to go to the casino. We never made it to the casino. Joe and Amy's new RV is parked on Jim's property. It was currently running off of a 30 amp hook-up but...

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The Trip of 2010

Jun 14, 2010 - Monday, East St Louis, IL

Arrived at a resort that cousin Marlene had recommended. It's a RV park associated with a casino. R-E-A-L-L-Y nice park. We were a little concerned going there as Bob remembered this part of St Louis as not being the best part of town and the road was a little questionable getting to the park. But it was very clean, immaculately so. Well landscaped. Security patrolled 24/7, a 12 foot chain link fence with security cameras completely surrounding the RV compound. We could see the famous St Louis Arch, "gateway to the west", out our front...

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The Trip of 2010

Sep 25, 2009 - St. Louis, MO

Sept. 24--After getting settled at the Casino Queen, we drove the Honda across the Mississippi to St. Louis, MO and visited Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. The property, known as White Haven, was first owned by Grant's father-in-law, Colonel Dent, a fine southern gentleman, and was a working farm of approximately 850 acres. Dent owned slaves and this did not sit well with Grant. He never liked the idea of "owning" a person. Over the years Grant bought the farm from Dent, and worked in the fields along with the laborers. He expanded...

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