Left Kaskaskia Dragon RV Park, Vandalia, IL about 10:00am.
Stopped in Columbia, Mo for lunch at Chick fil a. One more gas stop along the way.
Home at 5:30pm aft 348 miles. Total miles in tow about 1350 for the trip.
A few unusual things along the way. A semi-trailer truck was on fire on the opposite side of the interstate. It must have just started as the driver was climbing out as the flames were licking the gas tank. Then later traffic was stalled and eventually came upon a 3 car accident. Looked like fender benders.
Then 8 miles from home a live peacock was on the side of the road. I travel that highway often and I have never seen that before.
Time to head for home
Left Elkhart about 10:30am. About 3:00pm I stopped in a small town called Casey, Illinois. They are known for having eight of the world’s largest items.
56 ft windchime, 32 ft, 6 in rocking chair, 32 ft, 6.5 in mail box, 30 ft golf tee, 60 ft pitchfork, 11 ft 5.5 in long wooden shoes, 13 ft knitting needles and 6 ft crochet hook. They also have other big things. Every big thing has a bible verse.
The chair is beautiful up close. It looks like a high quality wooden chair for your home.
The view from inside the mail box
Moved on to Vandalia, IL where I am overnighting in a tiny 12 site campground just off I-70. 351 miles today.
Settled in about 6:00pm. Used my air conditioner for the first time this trip for a few hours this evening.
No seminars today. It rained on and off and maybe reached 65 degrees today. I hung out and left the camper about 2:00pm. I went to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. It was small and not really much in bloom but it was a nice little place around a small pond. A nice peaceful walk.
This was a huge wind chime in a very large tree
First seminar of the day at 9:00am was “Detailing the Outside of Your RV”. It was okay but it was mostly a sales presentation for the microfiber products the presenter sells at the rally.
Second seminar of the day at 10:30am was “RV Tire Safety”. It was pretty interesting as I don’t know much about tires. The presenter retired from the tire industry and was a product researcher/tester. He is passionate about tire safety. One thing I learned was that when it says max psi on your tire with the pounds you should have in it, that is actually the correct amount to have in it. I always thought you should make sure to never go over that. If it says max 50 then you should have 50 in it. He has a very informative website – rvtiresafety.net.
They have a catering company that has been here every day selling lunch options. Today I tried them out and had a very tasty brisket sandwich and apple pie.
Third seminar of the day at 1:30pm was “Boondocking on the Road”. Boondocking is when you are camping without hookups and is most often free camping. Examples are staying overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot, a friend’s driveway, government/state land that allows this, etc. There are a couple of companies that are coming up with some organized options for this. One of them is “Boondockers Welcome”. They were the presenters today. You pay an annual fee then you have access to lists of people that have signed up to be boondocker hosts at their homes. Most of the hosts are RV’ers as well. Some of them just have a driveway for you to park in and some of them have a large property with full hook ups available. There is no fee to the hosts from the boondocker but if you do stay somewhere with hook ups, courtesy generally means leaving a few dollars for the electricity and water costs. One host said every boondocker she hosted has brought a gift of wine, candy, etc. This was my favorite seminar so far.
Fourth seminar of the day at 3:00pm was “RV Hot Skin”. Which is a bad electricity problem that can kill you. The presenter was an interesting man named Mike Sokol.
This was interesting for the first 45 minutes until the attendees kept asking questions pertinent to their own RV and dragged things off course.
Later I talked to a lady here with a Casita (similar to my EggCamper). She has been full-time in her Casita since 2009.
I skipped the potluck, band and fire central and went to Meijer (like Target) and Menards instead. It lightly rained off and on today and it did not get very warm. Pretty dreary day.
Started the day with free donuts and then the first seminar of the day was “The Secrets of RVillage”. This is the company hosting this rally. They want to be the facebook of RV’ers. They started in 2014. The founder said it cost $2 million dollars to start and is currently costing them $35,000 a month to run.
Second seminar at 10:30am was “Connectivity on the Road”. As we all know in our world today, cell phone coverage and wifi availability is almost necessary to daily living. Wifi at the campgrounds is generally terrible. The presenter talked about products that extend coverage and the best data plans available for unlimited use.
At noon I left the campground for some lunch and shopping. I went to a store called “Linton’s Enchanted Gardens”. Very cute. Lots of cute little buildings, a train to ride, a petting zoo all among all the items you can purchase.
This gnome was 8 ft tall and sale priced at $1,673.00
At 3:00pm I attended my third seminar of the day – “RV Inspections, What, Why and How do I get one!” This one was pretty dry. The presenter is an inspector you can hire. It was mostly a sales job to hire him. I can see if you were going to buy a $100,000 used motorhome that spending a $1,000 on an inspection could be worth it. The thing that got me was that they don’t actually inspect anything to do with the engine. You have to go to a qualified RV mechanic for that in addition.
There was supposed to be an ice cream social at 4:00pm. Then they said at 5:00. Then it started to rain so I just said “forget ice cream”. I left the campground to wander around the town and brought back a salad for dinner in the trailer.