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May 13, 2019 - Just Driving Through

We drove through Indiana and Illinois to reach St. Louis, Missouri. I have to say those three states do not look very different from each other. They all have relatively flat terrain. Outside of the big cities, there is a lot of farmland. The roads were not as good as US 40 in the south. Indiana was especially rough. Anyway, the Gateway Arch in the Jefferson Memorial Park is stunning to see as you enter into Missouri. It dazzles you when you see the sun reflect off the stainless steel exterior. Construction on the arch started because St....

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May 10, 2019 - May 9 - Denver to Boonville, MO

We traveled 735 miles yesterday from Denver to Boonville and our little van just turned 20K. We drove 10 hours. Our lucky shopping dinosaur is in place for the long trip. For those of you who don’t know the story, Gene bought this dino from a little boy for a nickel – he told Gene it was a LUCKY dinosaur and it has been. When we started, we made it all the way to Limon, CO (about 60 miles) before Gene was hungry and I had to use the bathroom. I thought to myself, “This is going to be a LONG trip!” I tell you, this little Ford Transit van is...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Columbia Mo

We had the complimentary breakfast in the hotel before getting back on the road. Again we had excellent driving conditions. We took I29 till St Joesph and then I36 to Macon and stopped for the night at the intersection of 36 and 70. We had fueled up for 2.29 but the pumps don’t accept our fake zip code anymore so I have to prepay. Missouri has such awesome scenery but the speed limit in SD was 80 and now it is 65, 70 in some places so slower going. We did put on another 500 miles. Hotel room was 65/night, another wyngate.

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Oct 12, 2017 - Our last day

We got word today that our part was definitely in so plans to leave were once again made. And the rain finally let up so it was a good day all around. And it was topped off with dinner with our host. He had previously planned on Taco Tuesday but with the rain and him being home for 2 days, it was changed to Taco Thursday. And it was good!

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Oct 11, 2017 - Delay

As luck would have it, our part was not in and not expected until Wednesday, so we paid for another couple of days and settled in to wait. I called the next place, The Lost Valley Lakes RV Resort, who said we could come in anytime with no problem. During a slight break in the rain we sat outside, mostly to relieve cabin fever both for us and for the kitty. I complained of a sewer smell, one I had detected slightly when we barbecued outside previously. So Don checked, said there was a slight leak and tightened the sewer shutoff valve. Well,...

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Oct 7, 2017 - A surprise visit

While scanning through my contacts yesterday, I discovered that my ex sister-in-law lived just a few miles from where we were camped. So I called and we made plans for a visit. It was great to see her! She had remarried to a good man and was involved in the care of a special needs girl. She also had a foster child. Very typical of her; she has always had a big heart. It was a fairly short visit, but she did fix lunch and we were able to catch up on each others lives a bit. It had been quite a few years since we had seen each...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Our host and a new part

We spent some time getting to know our host, a great guy. This is his first gig, but he is learning fast and appears to be a natural. He lives nearby in town. One thing on Don's to-do list was to replace the seal on our big slide. No leaks yet, but it sort of disintegrated after he sprayed on some "seal conditioner" before we sat in the sun in Pagosa. Our host told us there was a Camping World in town so we thought we set. Wrong! We got an estimate of approximately $600 dollars to replace the seal. This included buying the entire roll of...

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Oct 5, 2017 - New campground, new repair

Our time in Kansas at an end, it was time to move on to the next stop, Fingerlakes State Park in Missouri. We had stayed here for an overnight on our way through previously and thought it would be fun to stay a bit longer. This area is the site of a reclaimed strip mine from the early 50s. Amazing tree and shrubbery growth since then, they made it into a huge ATV and motorcycle area play area. It was practically empty when we got there, but filled every spot on the weekends. It had also been raining for several days before we got there and...

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Jul 1, 2017 - My first rant of the blog.

Somehow I got a day off on my travel dates...I'm so far behind in posting these I have no idea which day is which, but I AM trying to make the pictures and text match. So, I'm going to use July 1st to just get some text out of the way with no pictures. I'm trying to accurately portray life on the road and this is also a journal of sorts for myself, so at some time in the future if I can't remember when I was somewhere, I can go back and find out. So if reading this is boring, just skip ahead or tell me to shut up. I said I wasn’t going to...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Columbia, Missouri

It was a lot easier to get through St. Louis, on the bypass suggested by our trucker son, Eddie, than it was to get through Nashville. We did more miles today from Kentucky to Columbia, Missouri, than we had previously done in a day and we passed through 3 states. Our place to stay tonight is the Cottonwoods RV Park in Columbia, Missouri.Since we left home in Florida, we’ve passed through 6 states…Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Interesting note…the Missouri River runs from North Dakota, down through South...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Melting in Missouri

You’ve probably all heard the saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Well, for some of our stay in Columbia, Missouri, we’ve had both high temperatures (in the mid-90s) and high humidity. That is an ugly combination and our body is just not able to shed the heat to keep cool. However, I can’t really complain. We’ve been lucky up until this point. When we arrived in Columbia, the weather was pretty good. We were able to cycle a beautiful section of the Katy trail – Rocheport to McBaine. The trail was fully shaded and ran along the...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Windfarms, Wildflowers and Wrecks

This morning, it's back to I-90 east; we need to make mid Missouri by evening. We have noticed the steadily increasing temperatures and humidity since we left Montana. The traffic has also increased substantially. Thankfully, we are not headed west right now. There are hordes of people on the road to Sturgis. We've been told a record crowd is expected. You couldn't pay us enough to get in that mass of humanity! Windfarms have been plentiful the past few days. Amazing how big those structures are. We saw a semi hauling just one arm of one...

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