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Jul 20, 2012 - York NE to Mt Vernon IL

We stayed up later than expected last night. Laura was checking email and doing looking online about today’s drive, and I was working on Tuesday’s trip journal. So didn’t get up until almost 9:00 today. We had to stop at Walmart (gagging as I’m writing this) to replace the styrofoam cooler that gave up the ghost yesterday. How did we find out about the cooler? Went to lift it out of the car and the back seat was wet. Fortunately I had placed an old towel under the cooler and it absorbed most of the leakage. By this morning the seat had...

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Baltimore Or Bust

Jul 22, 2011 - Heading East- Missouri, Illinois

Another very hot day. We drove through Missouri crossing the Missouri River which is still at flood stage, and crossed the Mississippi into Illinois for 95 miles. Missouri is very hilly and part of I64 follows the Lewis and Clark Trail. I64 passes through the middle of St. Louis. We did not stop to view anything as it is just too hot. We did see the Arch on the way. There is a lot of traffic there even in the middle of the day. It is one big city. Once we crossed into Illinois we were in farm and oil well country again. There is a lot of...

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May 19, 2011 - The Big Muddy

We crossed the mighty Mississippi River at midday under clear skies with puffy white clouds. The river was very brown and had a swollen look to it. Once on the Illinois side we could see multiple cases of flooded land. In fact, one of the RV parks we were contemplating staying had a warning posted on their website that they were closed due to flooding. This was near Carlyle, Illinois. The forest was so thick where we crossed through Missouri that often we could see nothing but the road notched through the woods. We took the bypass around St...

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NG2

Apr 27, 2010 - Day 46 - STATE #11 - ILLINOIS

Memphis South in Coldwater, Mississippi was a very nice campground and the people were great. Headed out at 9:00 and was momentarily tempted to take the Elvis exit, but continued on. My friend Caryn (who is meeting me in New York to see New England with me) and I stopped there on our way cross country in the early 90's. I imagine Graceland and the gravesite still look the same. The drive today was unusual. I traveled less than 300 miles, but left Mississippi and passed through Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri...to get to my campground in...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Day #2

Left Coldwater MI in good time but found Interstate to be deadly slippery after a snowfall that started overnight and was continuing. No ploughing and very little salt/sand. Ditches littered with proof that folks just can't slow down in USA. Almost by magic highway became wet but not slippery after entering Indiana and one could relax a little. As my friend Richard quotes - WW Anti Freeze about a litre per mile. Leaving Indianapolis we saw our first spring bird - Turkey Vultures. Road became bare & dry through to Mt. Vernon IL Days Inn.

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Spring 2010

Sep 29, 2008 - Day 2

Today we left around 9:00 am which is 10:00 am tally time. Leaving Prattville was easy but I had forgotten how loooong I65 was! Once we left Birmingham, mom and i started to play the license plate game. We still haven't listened to the radio yet. I've been talking to her to keep her awake and aware of what our surroundings are. So far we have seen 24 license plates from around our nation. We even saw one for Leon County Florida! I was very surprised. That of course doesn't count the one that we saw for Canada and Nova Scotia. Anyway to...

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Dec 29, 2007 - Day 1 in TN - INTERNET FINALLY!!!

Well where to begin... We left Oak Bay at 6am on December 26th and arrived in Dover, TN at 10am (8am PST) on December 29th...pretty great time really, especially considering we were traveling with an 8 & 3 year old! Well it's been a great big adventure, complete w/ eagle sightings right off the ferry, just missing storms on Snoqualmie Pass and in South Dakota, sleding in the woods in Montana, driving through REALLY icy Wyoming and making friends with the late night truckers through Missouri & Iowa. Though going through and near 12 states in...

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Jul 28, 2006 - Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Left Lexington early, by our standards, at around 8:00 AM. Stopped at the dump station on the way out of the campground and then hit I-64 toward Indiana. Started raining about the time we hit the interstate and rained off and on all the way to the Indiana border. Stopped at the rest stop right on the state line and took the picture of the gigantic Southern Hibiscus. Have no idea of when we crossed into Illinois since there was no "Welcome" sign like all other states. We also crossed a time zone somewhere on the way. We arrived at the...

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Pinder's On the Road

Oct 6, 2005 - Escapee Fall Escapade 2005 DuQuoine, Illinois

On Saturday, September 24th, 2005, Lynn (with the green cast still on her arm) and I headed out to Benton, Illinois to the KOA. Benton is located in the southernmost part of Illinois. It is about 280 miles south of Tinley Park, and very near Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; also, about 80 miles north of Paducah, Kentucky. This area is deeply forested and hilly. It would remind you of the Wisconsin Dells area of Wisconsin. We were going to our first "Escapees Escapade." Escapees is an organization of mostly full-time RVers that...

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Dec 18, 2004 - Journey to Richmond, VA

The trip to Richmond began at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Sam and I adhered to a strict rotation to make the countless hours of driving more palatable. We're proud to say that we left Winter Park (an hour and a half west of Denver) and arrived at a lovely rest area outside of Mt Vernon, Illinois, after a solid 16 hour drive. We did make one fantastic Let's Go motivated stop in Kansas City to get "the best ribs in the country" at Arthur Bryant's. The place was pretty cool: it had a fast food queue and served up nothing but ribs, BBQ sandwiches,...

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