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Aug 23, 2017 - On the Road Again

Our family visit was very nice, but our goal of this journey is California or Bust. So we bid farewell to our family and headed north-west to St Louis. The flat terrain near the KY/TN border gave way to wooded rolling hills as we approached the Ohio River which borders NW Kentucky. Our big stop for the day was Paducah KY at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Founded by Gen William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) the settlement is named for the Padouca Indian Nation and its leader Chief Paduke. A series of murals on a river...

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Aug 14, 2017 - The Waiting is Over

The windshield for Winnie arrived this afternoon. We're scheduled to be at the glass shop at 1000 on Tuesday. We'll be spending the better part of the day at the campground waiting some more for the windshield to be installed. I guess we'll have to put Ringo in his "cage" rather than leaving him in Winnie for the day. We should be able to do the laundry while we wait. The bright side of waiting for the windshield to be delivered is that we got to visit with friends from the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association. Tom and Mary, Craig and...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Time to Wait

We arrived at the St. Louis/I270/Granite City KOA today, but not without some trouble. I entered Granite City into the GPS this morning and forgot I didn't put the address of the KOA so we drove around the industrial section of Granite City until I realized the problem. We did get a good look at the USS Granite City Works. I didn't even think USS was still in business. After correcting my mistake, we made our way to the KOA. It's not the most picturesque KOA we've stayed at, but the sites are decent and it's close to where we need to be to...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Granite City, IL.

We drove 400 miles today, all freeway, to just across the river from St. Louis, MO. We tend to drive until 3:00 pm and then look for a campground, rather then spending a long afternoon in a campground. It gives us a couple of hours to relax, have dinner, watch the news and weather and crash. This is all headed home mode.

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Jul 18, 2016 - Across to Granite City, IL

Yesterday we called the RV park in Granite City, IL (across from St. Louis) and asked if we could come in sooner than our original reservation, no problem. So we headed east passing through St. Louis suburbs and then the city. First the skyline came into view, then the Gateway Arch and the Dome Stadium. We crossed the Mississippi one more time and were traveling on part of the original Route 66 that went from Chicago to California. Our campground was a bit run down, former fishing camp (there was a large stocked pond that people still...

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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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