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.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Change of plans

We were all settled into the Stone State Park but after a little while our microwave kept clicking off and on.  I checked the breaker fuse at the post and found that it had worn out and would not keep in the on position.  We didn't have cell phone signal so couldn't call anyone to get it fixed so we unhooked our setup and moved to a nearby KOA, a move of only 6 miles.  Now we have all hookups that are in good working order including a pizza delivery to our camper so Jo didn't have to toil over the stove.

We are here for a day of rest tomorrow and will head back south toward the Manor on Sunday.

Back needing AC

Tonight we are just outside of Sioux City, IA in Stone State Park.  We have electric which is nice since the AC is needed.  We also are in some shade from a couple of big trees and we have an AT&T connection so our WiFi is working.  The one thing we don't have is a Verizon signal for our telephone.  That's hard to believe since we are right along I-29 and just outside the city limits but so be it, we will get our voicemail when we get back to civilization.

One unusual sighting along our route today was this unusual water tower in Pipestone, MN.

Also at Pipestone, MN is the Pipestone National Monument.  This is where many native American tribes mined red stone to carve their peace pipes.  Some still practice that art today and this is where the town got its name.

Another nice feature of today's drive is the wildlife sightings.  We saw deer and turkeys early in the day and several turkeys along the way.  One sighting was a couple of hens with about a half dozen chicks crossing the road right in front of us.  Jo saw a doe with two fawns out in a pasture that I didn't see.  We definitely have left the big tree country.  It has been all croplands with mostly corn and some beans in huge fields.


In our front yard this morning before breakfast

They didn't give me time to zoom in, soon after this snap they were gone.