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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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May 20, 2011 - St. Louis, MO

We are staying in a KOA in Granite City, IL on the east side of the Mississippi River. I was quite surprised at the river here. It's not a flowing, wide expanse of fairly clean water like it is up in Iowa, but a dirty, swirling, narrower river that makes me think of the Missouri at Omaha. It is presently 20' deeper than normal and has flooded a parking lot and several statues near the arch. Meriwether Lewis appears to be fighting for his life in perhaps 5' of water. We drove over the old, rough brick streets for a few blocks before...

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Steele summer 2011

May 19, 2011 - Granite City KOA

We traveled all day in the rain and it appears we are escorting this weather system as it moves eastward. The trip across Missouri on I-70 was actually very pretty as we drove over the rolling hills and enjoyed the beautiful greenness covering the landscape. We ended-up at a Cracker Barrel in Columbus, MO for a late lunch. We haven't made our grocery store trip yet, but that will come soon...Sandy

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Steele summer 2011

Sep 16, 2010 - South thru Illinois

We left northern Chicago in the RAIN, traveling slowly and carefully along bad roads and worse traffic through Chicago. It really tired Larry out just getting out of the city. The rest of the day's travel was along peaceful farmland. There were pockets of commercial & industrial areas, but mostly farms. We stopped for the night in Granite City, Illinois, near St Louis, MO. The Elks lodge was nice with RV parking including 30amp electric and water. We had hoped to visit with our dear friend Jane, but she called us to say she was really sick...

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