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May 16, 2014 - Granite City, Illinois

After a late start Ross and Marge headed for the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park where a four story lookout has been erected. It is the best location for viewing the Arch and obtaining a full exposure of the structure. You also get a good view of the St. Louis skyline, the bridges that cross the Mississippi, and a very good shot of a very small portion of the Mississippi River and the barge traffic on the Mississippi. Following the visit to the lookout Ross and Marge returned to the Arch Visitor's Center and the museum. They stayed at the...

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May 15, 2014 - Granite City, Illinois

Ross got up this morning around 0730 and his foot with the gout was better than yesterday evening but still not great. Ross made coffee and shortly after Marge got up. They kicked around a few options for the remaining 450 miles and decided to stay in Granite City one more day and then on Saturday morning head for Joliet, Illinois for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That will have them arriving in Grand Rapids on Tuesday where they will spend a week and attend their grandson's graduation from college. Around 1030 they left for St. Louis and...

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May 14, 2014 - Granite City, Illinois

Ross got up this morning hoping he would be able complete his morning walk but it took less than a second for him to realize that he could no more walk three miles than he could walk to the moon. About 24 hours ago Ross' gout started to act up again and until he gets the gout under control there will be no more morning walks. They both got up shortly after 0630 and Ross made the coffee and then went outside to empty and rinse the black tank and by the time he got started on that job it began to rain. The rain was light and intermittent but...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Day 30

Maybe our timing was bad on some things, but we got very lucky on one other apparently. We found out this morning that the area around Louisville got 7 inches of rain over the weekend, and there was flooding in a number of places. Some people were forced to shelters. All we saw was that leftover rainstorm yesterday. The closer we get to home, the farther away it seems. The drive today was pretty for the most part. The weather is certainly cooperating -- nice blue skies and temps in the 60's and 70's. Even though it says Granite City,...

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New England 2013

Oct 6, 2013 - Granite City, IL

Day 55 - Granite City, IL (across the border from St. Louis) 10/6/2013 We woke up to the rain this morning. It rained all night long. I was surprised we didn't float away during the night! We checked the internet, it said it was going to clear up by 10:15, so we took our time getting ready, and guess what, it really did stop right around 10. We packed up and jumped in the truck before it changed it's mind. We had some rain until about 11:30, then it was a beautiful day the rest of the day. Bob took us on Hwy 50 for most of the day. It was 2...

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2013 Fall Colors

Sep 12, 2013 - Granite City, IL

It is a travel day. There is not much to report. Sorry, there are no pictures. We continue west on Route 50. I put a point into our GPS. How can this be? If it is 10:00, how can we arrive at 9:30? We have crossed into the central time zone. We will fix the radio clock tonight. We make two stops today. One is at Wal-Mart. We need to do some shopping. The other is for lunch. It is not an exciting day but the ride is relaxing. We see corn and soybeans. Our last half hour of travel is on the interstate. We have no trouble finding our KOA. It is...

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Aug 27, 2013 - RVing as a life has much to consider

I am considering what we have learned so far and want to share it for the sake of anyone considering doing this at some point in their lives. Once Debbie and I got started and we were using our Thousand Trails Membership we thought it was pretty canned. No fuss no worry just off to the next 1k trails campground, but there was problems, we can’t stay in 1k campgrounds other than on the NW portion of the US since we didn't buy the whole country. And even if we had we would have not had any to stay in in the Central part of the US as 1k is...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Illinois???? Yep We be here :-)

Not a lot of pictures today, we got on the road to go hang out at a new campground. We drove in 14 miles off the freeway got real close to a Nuclear Plant and then drove down a gravel road to BFE. Needless to say all the claims of so much to do were a bit exaggerated. We moved on, and looked at a few more before we came to this one. Now mind you we are the fanciest trailer in here by a long shot, well one nice one two doors down but the rest are real questionable if they would even be able to get towed on the road. There is a fishing pond...

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May 8, 2013 - Kansas City to St. Louis

The ride from KC to St. Louis is about 285 miles on Hwy 70 the whole way. Not a bad drive with lots of green pastures and occasional farms. Stopped in Columbia to take a look at the college, the University of Missouri (Mizzoo Tigers). “The Zoo” has quite a sports complex! Near Jefferson City ( the state capitol and a fair drive from Hwy 70) we stopped in Kingdom City for some groceries. (Is now over 80 degrees and humid.) The Carlson’s recommended Laumeier Sculpture park which is SW of St, Louis near the junction of Hwy 270 and Hwy 44....

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Apr 29, 2013 - Ever camped in an industrial park?

Another short entry...other than construction, truckers, flooded rivers and fields not much to see. This campground turned out to be in an industrial part just across the state line from St. Louis. Tomorrow's goal is Gateway Arch. Anyway, you can imagine our joy to find that 1/2 the campground was filled with workers on the oil pipeline. Good for the campground and actually they were a quiet bunch. Otherwise the campground would have been empty this time of the year. Had a nice site under a just budding tree and could walk Colden out of...

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Aug 4, 2012 - St. Louis, MO

We left our campground early to see the sights. We stopped first at the Lewis and Clark Center in Hartford, Illinois. You can see from there the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Lewis and Clark had their campsite there and this is where they made all of their final preparations for the trip. The museum had a replica of L&C’s keelboat, showing how they packed everything. They would have been in big trouble if they had lost that keelboat! From there we went to St. Louis and had lunch just below the Arch. We debated going...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Illinois!

Wanting to take showers and not wanting to unhook the trailer we asked the camp host if she thought we could turn around at the location where the showers were. She said she wasn't sure but said we could take her car anytime..."the keys are in the console." What service! So we hit the road feeling very refreshed. Now it seems that the storm from Colorado has followed us. The sky to the west is very dark and lightning is everywhere. It seems this area has had hardly any rain since late April just small little showers although not enough to...

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