It rained on and off all night and thru the morning. I finally went out when it was lightly raining and hitched up. Wind, rain and 43 degrees is not fun camping.
So I pulled out of the park at noon in the rain and drove 310 miles home. I finally ran out of rain at about 100 miles. It was a messy, dreary drive home. I did enjoy listening to a book off my Kindle during the journey. I did stop in Joplin at a couple of stores.
I arrived home just before 8:00pm. So between my allergies and the weather it was not a very successful trip but I always enjoy the Egg.
I finally did sleep better last night. The weather all day was cold, windy and rainy. I just stayed in the egg all day listening to the weather, watching TV, reading and napping.
So the weather was supposed to be beautiful today and then drop like a rocket tomorrow to cold, wind and rain. So I still don’t feel well and haven’t slept well for four nights. I had planned on visiting six places over the two days here. I decided to start with the top two on my list.
I drove to downtown OKC to visit the National Memorial. They have an indoor museum and the outdoor memorial. I chose not to visit the indoor memorial. It was a nice sunny day but very windy (blowing that pollen all around). It is a very nice tribute to the 168 people killed at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995.
After a little lunch I visited Oklahoma City Museum of Art to view the Dale Chihuly art glass permanent collection they have here. Here are a few photos from the display.
It was a very nice exhibit and they had a great film showing him and how they make the various types of glass.
It was 3:30 when I was done there and I was just exhausted and don’t feel well at all.
I decided to throw in the towel, stopped for some groceries and headed for the EggCamper. The temperature reached 74 degrees today and was sunny and windy all day.
I left home just before noon and drove a little over 300 miles to arrive at Roadrunner RV Park in Oklahoma City, OK. My allergies had flared up over the weekend but I decided to go ahead with the quick trip and hope they got better. This park is on the south east side of Oklahoma City. It is almost full. It looks like a lot of traveling workers stay here.
I pulled out of Mitchell about 11:00am to a nice but very windy day. It was windy all across South Dakota and south down to Missouri. Terrible gas mileage. I finished my 2nd audio book of the trip.
So it was pretty uneventful except for the wind most of the trip. Drive, stop for gas, bathroom break, Dr Pepper and repeat.
I crossed the Missouri river just about sunset and it was lovely. All was good until I passed Exit 3 and topped the hill at 55 miles an hour to traffic dead stopped in my middle lane…..OMG!!! It is amazing how fast your mind starts going thru the options in your head in split seconds:
- Can I stop in time?
- If I get stopped in time, will the car behind me get stopped?
- If I try a hard stop, will the trailer fishtail?
- Do I have room to move to the left or right lane?
- Can I see traffic coming over the hill well enough to move to the left or right?
So I decided on the hard stop and safely stopped in time and no one rear ended me thankfully. Then we had to drive thru glass and car parts that were all over the road from the accident that had caused the back up.
So I safely survived that and continued the 60 miles left to get home. I stopped 25 miles from home to get gas at $2.06 per gallon. It is always cheaper than at home. It is now dark and about 8:00pm. I have been driving for 470 miles today and I am ready to get home.
Ten minutes later when I am 15 miles from home, I see red and blue flashing lights in my side mirror directly behind me. Are you kidding me? With the trailer I don’t see anything in my rear view mirror. So I slowed down and pulled over. I was driving less than 65 mph in a 70 so no problem there but my right headlight keeps blowing out and it was out again so the small town Archie police pulled me over. He was nice and I was nice and he ran everything and then gave me a verbal warning.
I continued the last 15 miles and stopped at Mom’s and spent a little time with her. I pulled in to my drive at 9:15pm. I had set my mileage trip meter when I left the campground on Sunday in Sturgis. In my drive the trip meter said exactly 800.0 miles. 306 miles on Sunday and 494 miles on Monday. It was very warm and humid and in the 20 minutes I spent unhitching and taking some stuff inside I was dripping with sweat.
Home Sweet Home
Packed up and left the campground about 10:30am. It was going to be a very warm day. It was 79 degrees when I left. I stopped at Wall Drug for lunch.
I did not have a reservation for the night and I lost an hour with the time change back to Central Time so when I approached Mitchell, SD about 6:00pm I decided it was time to stop and find a site for the night. I drove 306 miles today.
I overnighted at R & R Campground in Mitchell. You definitely could tell you were back to higher humidity country.
I drove over to see the corn palace and then had some dinner before settling for the night.