I thought I was so tired when I went to bed last night at 10 but I ended up tossing and turning for what seemed hours. I heard Bill come up at 11 and heard him drop off instantly. This morning, Wednesday, Mar. 28th, our piddle bum had to go out at 2. Oh no, I hope these early wake ups are just a passing phase. I woke at 6 and dozed fitfully until getting up at 7. I feel rested so I won't fret about the restless hours.
It was great to see that the rain had
stopped and I wasn’t disappointed in the drop in temperature to 46F. It was
expected and it meant that by bundling up, I could still get a last walk around
the park before leaving. Lots of things to say goodbye to but unfortunately, I
didn’t see Mr. Heron. As I neared our lane in the park, I noticed a fellow
camper playing mini golf by himself.
|Goodbye Eagle's Landing!|
|I love the morning glow in pictures without a flash|
|The reflections have an eerie look to them|
Looks like their branches are reaching out to me at the water's edge
|but it was truly beautiful and peaceful|
|It looks finished but it can't be|
|The bathrooms at the back of the park are gorgeous|
but what is wrong with this picture?
Bill and I had a tea/coffee together but didn’t dawdle after he got up just before 8. Grapefruit and almonds was our morning snack and we were closed up by 8:45. George and Suzie walked over to say goodbye. Seems like a lot of goodbyes with these two but that also means a lot of hellos. We will meet up once more before we cross into Ontario.
|Sorry, you can't cross here!|
The pond is running across the lane to the lake
|I'm sure today helped dry this up unless they got rain in Grove, Ok|
|A foggy start to the day|
|started seeing large rocks along the side of the highway|
|A nice little restaurant for lunch|
Great food and prices
|Now I want one of these puzzles!!|
|Walking back to Clemson, Black Beauty and The Suite|
|Bourbon is the town but C, J and N are street names|
Maybe I need a bourbon to understand it
|Now that is a road cut out of the rock|
|The rest area on the left|
|I remember this water tower from last winter|
From I-44E we need to veer off to the right to catch I-55N/I-70E as we enter Illinois. In all that hubbub, I missed the Welcome to Illinois sign. Darn! Oh well, we’ll consider ourselves welcomed anyway. There were a few minutes of teeth gritting, eyebrow cringing and toe curling as we did more than bounce on the roughness, especially over the bridges and overpasses. You can only slow down so much, the traffic moves at a steady pace. Just hope for the best and be careful when you open cupboard doors.
|Everywhere we drove seemed to have lots of water laying around|
|Inside Cracker Barrel for dinner|
We are close to I-70 and traffic right now is heavy but we will be tired enough to sleep through it. If not, that is what our ear plugs are for. After feeding Clemmy, Bill and I hi-tailed it into the restaurant. It has been over a year since we’ve eaten in a C.B. and I was hungry and totally looking forward to it. We were seated by a window immediately and Bethany took our orders.
I wanted to change things up and still try to stick to what is good for ‘me’. I ordered the Cheddar Broccoli Smothered Chicken plus a Kale salad with cranberries as well as Beet Greens with beef and walnuts. At one point after tasting each item I said to Bill “I’m in heaven”. The best chicken I’ve ever tasted and the kale salad was yummy. Each entree came with either 2 or 3 side dishes. I obviously have leftovers.
|One of the best meals I've had in a while - OMG!|
He had the Haddock with 3 sides and we each got 2 buns of our choice. We took 2 cornbread muffins and 2 biscuits and with the exception of one and a half they came home with us. Now, that was a real treat! We didn’t have any sun today to help boost our batteries so it doesn’t matter that we can’t get any decent programs on the antenna tonight. They are sitting at 12.5 and should remain good until morning. We will be reading books until we can’t keep our eyes open and then bed.
|This is our spot for the night|
Bill informed the Manager that we were here and he very
genuinely welcomed us informing us that it is a safe area to stay
This has been an exceptional day with no complaints whatsoever. We are sitting at 51F at 7:30 and we’ve turned our Blue Flame heater on to take the chill out and for the cooler night ahead. We travelled 420 miles and did it in a total of 9 hours including stops. I hope you have enjoyed your day too! Yes, Clemson, we’re home. (for now)
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