Sunday, October 21, 2018

into the woods

This afternoon we will load up and head to south central Missouri for a few days of R&R for the final trip of this season.  Our first stop is in Sutton Bluff Recreation Area which is a National Forest Service campground in Reynolds County.  When we lived in Rolla this was one of our favorite places to weekend camp away from the telephone and work.  It will be nice to go back for a few days.

Our cellphone is on the Verizon Wireless network which we have found to be the best coverage throughout the US in our travels.  That is not the case with this trip.  I have just checked the coverage maps for both Verizon and AT&T (which is our WiFi connection) and AT&T wins in this part of Missouri.

Here is the AT&T map that covers our whole trip.
and here is one showing the Sutton Bluff campground, the loop in the center

Here is the Verizon map of the area
and this is the Sutton Bluff area

After Sutton Bluff we then head into Wayne County and spend a few days in the Sam A Baker Missouri State Park.  We have never camped here before however we have driven through and thought it would be a good place to relax on this trip.  The AT&T map is fairly uniform for our whole trip and in this location so is Verizon.

The upper loops are the campground for this State Park

After Sam A Baker we then will move to the Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park which is back in Reynolds County.  Again AT&T seems to be okay but Verizon is going to be iffy.

In this map the campground looks to be in a white (non coverage) area but with red spots around the area we will just have to see when we get there.

It looks like I should be able to post to this blog for most of the trip and will just have to read voice mail whenever I can.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Back at the Manor

We got on the road a little past 8:00 this morning and the weather was nice all day.  Made it home a little past 4 pm.  A few traffic snarls but all in all the drive was good.  Even our timing for St Louis which was right at 2:30 pm and one hour later would have been hectic.

Now we lick our wounds and plan for another day.  Right now our next outing is the latter part of October when we plan a camping trip to southern Missouri.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Great Big OOPS

I guess we didn't really want to see Spain and Portugal?????

Today we were all ready for a shuttle van from the airport to pick us up at Phyllis' house.  I gave Phyllis her travel documents since the travel company sent all that information to me as the owner of the account.  I told JoAnn that she would need to keep her passport in her purse and handy to show when required.  I pulled our passports out of my carry-on bag and before I handed hers to her I opened it up and found that what we had were our old expired passports which meant that our good up-to-date ones were back in Missouri. OOOPS No Spain Trip.  By the time we could get our passports from Missouri and then re-book our flights the tour in Spain would be half over and not really worth trying.

We decided that we would just drive back home, Phyllis will go back to work and cancel her vacation time saving it for another day.

Jo and I stopped a little West of Charleston, WV for a bite to eat and then drove a little further west to find a motel.  Tonight we are in a Best Western just a little bit east of the Kentucky line.  We will drive all the way to home tomorrow.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Now in Baltimore

We made it to Baltimore a little before 4 this afternoon.  Had a brief visit with Phyllis before our friend Tammy came by and we went out for a nice dinner.Tomorrow a little past lunch time we have a shuttle arranged to pick us up at Phyllis' house to get us and all our cases to the airport BWI.  Our departure is scheduled for 4 PM tomorrow afternoon and we will land in Madrid Spain at 9:30 Saturday Morning.  That is why there probably will not be a posting tomorrow as it will be a busy day of manipulating through airports and then getting settled in our hotel in Madrid.  I will post when I have a chance.

Our drive today was uneventful but different from yesterday as yesterday it was mainly through the flat lands of Illinois, Indiana, and eastern Kentucky.  Today was mostly up hill and down hill through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland so our fuel economy didn't get better today as it did yesterday.  At least the average reading has stayed the same so apparently we had an equal amount of ups and downs.

This is what we found in Phyllis' back yard shortly after our arrival.  This is part of the herd that resides in the woods not far from her yard.  We have seen urban deer in her yard before and she says she sees them often.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New venture

We left home this morning to begin our anniversary celebration venture.  We are driving to Baltimore where we will grab hold of Phyllis and take her with us on a 10 day bus tour of Spain and Portugal.

We have been closely watching hurricane Florence heading toward the mid Atlantic but the latest estimates show it turning a bit further south so shouldn't cause our Friday afternoon flight out of BWI to have any problems.

When we got up on I-70 heading toward St. Louis Jo said that "boy this highway is smooth."  I told her that she was now riding in a very nice Subaru and not in "The Beast", our truck with camper loaded.  In the truck with the camper all bumps are felt because it's like riding in a truck. ;-)  We are also noticing a big difference in the consumption of fuel.  In the truck our average mileage is around 9 to 10 mpg.  In the Subaru as we left home the computer was saying we were averaging 24.6 mpg with most of our trips just between home and town.  Now with the good highway miles tonight it reads as 26.0 mpg and I'm sure it will go a little bit higher as we continue this trip.

While on our bus tour we will have WiFi and also in our hotels so should be able to post to this blog daily and will when I can.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Back in the Martin Manor RV Park

Arrived back at the Manor a little past noon time and got the necessities unloaded.  It's 87 degrees outside so the minor items can wait until morning or another day.

This was an extremely enjoyable trip, we both had a great while leisurely time.  The scenery from the minor roads had much of the same fields of corn or grain but there were also vista of great beauty.  We also found the cooler temperatures that we were looking for.

This will close our blog for awhile as our next plans for travel will begin on September 11 when we start our adventure to Spain and Portugal.  I will take my laptop with me and the tour bus should have wifi on board so posting shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Breathing home state air

Tonight we are settled into the Big Lake State Park near Mound City, MO.  This is the same park we stayed in on our way back from Idaho last month, nice park.  Last month our site was out in the open sun but tonight's site is under a couple of big cottonwood trees, still need the AC which is working well.

We enjoyed a day of leisure yesterday in a nice comfortable park before heading back south this morning.

On our trek following US Hwy 50 across the continent we found that we really enjoyed being on lesser routes instead of following the Interstate highways.  Driving 60 mph with speed sometimes down to 30 mph through small towns is much more relaxing than battling the semis on the Interstate at 70 mph.  Also we see more of the local scenery.  The little slower speed also helps our fuel economy.

This trip we have deliberately avoided the Interstates as much as we could.  Last Friday from MN to IA we stayed on the east side of the Big Sioux river on US 75 while our GPS kept trying to put us over on I-29.  Today we again followed US 75 most of the way this time in Nebraska to the west of I-29 and the Missouri river.  Again our GPS kept trying to take us over to I-29 but I kept arguing with her and held our course.  Even through the middle of Omaha US 75 is on an expressway and very easy travels through this big city, of course it was Sunday morning so traffic was fairly light.  Tomorrow we will use I-29 from here down to st Joe but there really isn't a good alternative.  Then its US 36 to Macon and US 63 south toward the Manor.