Friday, October 15, 2010

#128 Miles To Go Before I Sleep....

The last two days are the kind of days RVers have in between the adventures that make blogs interesting. We left Minneapolis with Memphis TN as our next destination. That means about 900 miles of driving with 2 overnight stops. Lots of road, lots of farms, & lots of wide open spaces. Basically lots of America. That is the one thing that always seem to make an impression on us, the wide open spaces. Whether it is acres & acres of farm land or miles of rolling hills it is the expanse & openness that always seems to get to us.

We set our alarms for 6am & finally hit the road at 9am. Our first night was in a little RV park in a city park in Independence MO. After 400 plus miles we parked, hooked up our electric, had dinner, & called it a night. We didn't even unhook the truck since we wanted to hit the road early. We set the alarm for 6:30am & slowly got started. By the time we got rolling it was 9am. It seems that no matter what time we get started we don't get the rig rolling before 9am. I can't explain it. Our next stop was Sikeston MO.

The RV park was very nice but it was out in the middle of nowhere. This is not a destination RV park but it is a very nice stop over on the way from point A to point B. Since the next day was only about 150 miles & the fact that we can't seem to get on the road before 9am anyway we slept in. We made a good breakfast & hit the road by 10:30am. We were headed to West Memphis where Mary found an RV park right on the Mississippi River.

As we approached our destination Mary once again got into an argument with TomTom. Now I'm not saying that TomTom is perfect or that he takes us on the best route but he usually gets us where we want to go. I'm more inclined to follow TomTom until I know that it is wrong where as Mary gives up on TomTom as soon as the directions vary from the guide books or RV directories. On top of it all she gets mad at TomTom like he did it on purpose. It's a machine not a person with evil intentions. Maybe it's an evil machine?

Well we are now camped on the bank of the mighty Mississippi & it is pretty neat watching the tug boats moving barges up & down the river. We aren't talking about 1 barge at a time we are talking a lot of barges tied together. The first tug had fifteen barges & later on we saw a tug with 35 barges tied together moving on down the river. There are benches & we plan to just sit there one evening, maybe with a bottle of wine , & just watch the river traffic go by.

The weather is forecast to be beautiful so we unloaded the bikes & plan to use them as much as possible to check out the Memphis area. We also cleaned the bikes, scrubbed the bugs off the front of the truck, & did a load of laundry. After all that we checked e-mails & blogged. Now we are going to call it a night so we can get an early start on the Memphis experience. So it is another good night from our home but this time in Memphis TN because ....

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary

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