Walmart, Joplin, Missouri
We were up with
the birds on Wednesday, Mar. 18th. We were drinking our brews at
6:30 and in to the Walmart at 7. That is definitely the time to go with maybe only 20 people inside aside from staff. We got our ground beef and some chicken for
the freezer and scooted out. Quickest shopping ever! Ken and Kim were heading
in as we returned. With quick wash ups, I made a sandwich for our lunch and we
all pulled out before 8:30.
|Driving into the fog once more|
|And eventually, we saw the blue sky and sunshine|
the corner, we both pulled in to fuel up. The price for diesel was amazing at
$2.39/gal! The sun was fighting the fog this morning so we were expecting a
clear sky at some point along the drive. Let’s see how far we get today. The
goal is Joplin, MO at minimum. Before we left Bill chatted with his
sister, Carol, with the same concerns as everyone else back home and full support in our decision. We all agree
how crazy the hoarding is and that is one thing we can scoff at, even though this is a
serious situation. Just get what you need for 2 weeks people!
temperature was co-operating as it was a mild 50F already. The sun broke out
through one of the visible blue patches at 9:45 and that sure warmed things up
inside and out. We had 57F staring at us right well and proper! By the time we reached Oklahoma City, it was almost 10 but busy enough for not being rush
hour. Clouds have now replaced the blue sky and sunshine but it is a dry day.
|How many of us have driven under this awesome looking Skydance bridge ?|
The structure was inspired by OK's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher
How cool is that!?
|It's hard to not notice these huge planes along the highway|
|Part of the Airforce Bomber Base|
one close call where a pick up cut across in front of us for no apparent
reason. I’m dreading what that did to inside the Suite. Bill had to pump our
brakes 4 or 5 times. They work and so does the horn! We were glad to put O.City behind us. Staying on I-40E there were good sections and
very bad spots but we are trucking along. Just after 11 we pulled off to a
Sinclair fuel station to top up on diesel at $1.99/gal and so we could use
their washrooms. They were just cleaned, so perfect! The rest area previous was closed.
|You can see the fog has returned somewhat|
road, we pulled off at a No Facility rest area that was open for parking so we
stopped and had our sandwiches. We checked and compared notes for the route
ahead before heading out around 12:45.
|My only collage today but it is an interesting one|
We understand the implications from low fuel prices
BUT we are still happy to save all we can on this trip home
Woops! Bill and I took a B instead of an A exit
and had to drive the wrong way 2.5 miles to turn around. Now we were on I-69N
and Kim and Ken would be ahead of us. They were paying better attention and
didn’t make the same mistake. I-69N is no treat to drive on either.
|Our rest area lunch stop was open and very spacious|
|So many familiar things along the interstate|
|Lots of water in the area|
Thinking we would catch up to Kim and Ken, we drove
through a lot of small towns, Muskgee, Wagoner, Chouteau and Pryor before we
caught US60/Rte 66 at Vinita and went through Afton. Still no sign of the
|Many fields of grass fed cattle|
which is nicer to see than those cattle farms we've also seen
They’re ahead of us somewhere. We chatted back and forth by text to
update our destination address and carried on through Fairland. Still in
Oklahoma. Next was a turn onto OK-10/S 660 Rd, a jig to the right and left onto
MO-43. That means we crossed the state line!
|It is nice to see a lot of trees in blossom too|
funny! Ken and Kim got twisted around too so now they are behind us, somewhere!
We carried on with a few more turns and arrived at the Walmart SuperCentre in
Joplin at 4:00.
|Grand Lake State Park|
We found the ideal location, way off to the side and within 15
minutes, Ken and Kim joined us. After set up, Happy Hour ensued inside the
Suite. We could only sit inside because we didn’t want to get our chairs out
although the weather was quite nice. It isn't proper etiquette in these lots.
|The day got better again|
|A really nice casino Temporarily Closed|
topics were discussed with an acceptable interruption by phone call from
Marilynne. After reassuring her of our location and well-being, we carried on
until 7 o’clock with our friends. It was almost like a ‘this is soon coming to
an end’ gathering and it will be sad. When they said goodnight, I heated up a
container of our chili for supper. For dessert, it was a toss up between Jell-o
and Ice Cream but I seriously doubted that I would need anything at all.
|Some nice homes off the highway on a frontage road|
|Joplin arrival at 4 pm|
|The Happy Hours are winding down but we are still together|
We ate by
7:15 and had dishes done and sandwiches for tomorrow made by 7:45. I sat to
work on my posting but I was tired and distracted. I gathered the receipts and made a list of our expenditures that needed to be claimed at the border. Then I didn't feel like finishing my blog. This was another good
travel day and although we lost each other for a while, we miraculously ended
up at the same place!
|the chili was good and healthy too!|
good night all!
for your visit! You are welcome to comment or check one of the boxes below.
Happy you had an uneventful day, even if you did take a wrong turn. I was wondering if the hoarding was going on everywhere or just out west. I agree ... two weeks of food is plenty, but people seem to be panic buying with no concern for others. Sad. Hope you have a great day .. I'm sure you are already on the road.ReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy. Uneventful drive days are good, aren't they? People are hoarding everywhere, even back home according to reports. Sad is right. LOLDelete
Glad you met back up with no issues. Again you are so close, 35 miles or so. Did it storm there last night? It did here and was still raining when I got up. It sounds as if it is going to hang around here for a good part of the day. I hope you run out of it as you move further north/ east. Safe travels.ReplyDelete
Thank you Cheri. We were that close? LOLDelete
We did get a storm last night, around 4:30.
Sounds like a great ending to a long travel day. Great pictures of Oklahoma. Glad you got off the interstate and saw some of the small towns. Have a safe day.ReplyDelete
Sometimes the small towns are nice but when you want to have straight travel, usually the Interstates are the place. Bill said we are probably really close to your home base? We waved at Dolly just in case! :)Delete
There are always some Yahoos that tempt the braking power of RVs.ReplyDelete
Sometimes the Alphabet Roads can get confusing and it is not hard to make a mistake. Glad you got it straightened around.
Depending how much you push the drive you should be home by Saturday morning.
Drive Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
You got that right and I'm glad our brakes worked fine.Delete
We saw the number but missed the letter. LOL
Hopefully, tomorrow if all goes well.
It would seem you are making good time. Hopefully the idiot that cut in front of you learned his lesson!ReplyDelete
The idiot will likely never learn his lesson. Well, maybe we scared him and he needed to change but not likely. LOL hahaDelete
Wow, diesel less than $2/gallon! Amazing!ReplyDelete
Sometimes I think there are a few idiots out there that like to scare the crap out of the rv'ers. As if we don't already have our hands full with the rigs then we gotta watch out for these nuts.
Nice scenery along the way. It's an area we haven't been.
Yes, the diesel is awesome! Helping us as we make our way home, saving some $.Delete
You're right about the idiots, don't they realize that we are over 20,000 lbs. barreling down on them? I guess not.