Herb & Ginger's RV Travel Adventures travel blog


May 18

Friday AM we pulled the jacks and continued north on Rte 65 over undulating hills until reaching Springfield. We topped out at around 1,500’. Then it was east, mostly along US 60, to the Big Muddy separating MO and IL. Along this route you pass through various sections of the Mark Twain Ntl Forest with many apparent recreational opportunities. Missouri is very green and pretty this time of year. It reminded me of my annual sojourns to Columbia, MO to compete in the NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Championships. Good competition, good friends and good times!

We spent the last half of the day passing in and out of rainstorms and thunderstorms. As we were rolling through Sikeston, MO in a particularly heavy rainstorm we got an alert on the phone that a funnel cloud had been sighted in . . . Sikeston, MO. YAHOO! After crossing the Mississippi River we took several roads to end up in Metropolis, IL on the Ohio River (335 miles). We had called our good friends, TJ and Cheryl Ann, from southern IL earlier in the day. I used to shoot with TJ at Bianchi. They met us at Harrah’s Casino on the river front for dinner. TJ had serious cancer and, largely through the efforts of Cheryl Ann, he has just been declared cancer-free!!! HUZZAH! It has been over 20 years since we have seen them. It was a great evening.

On Saturday we crossed into KY and continued east along the Ohio River, passing by the Land Between the Lakes – an area I would very much like to visit but not enough time to do it justice on this trip. We traveled Route 24 to I-69, Western and then Eastern KY Parkways, skirting around Lexington and stopping at the Outpost Campground in Salt Lick, KY. Total miles today – 333. Pretty good planning by Ginger, eh (get that Blair?)! We traveled in and out of rainstorms again today, some heavy. Around the Lexington area we got an alert on the dash lightbar that we had water in the fuel – CRAP! I stopped and drained the fuel/water separator. It had a tiny bit of water – problem solved. Not so quick! I cleared the code but it came right back. The Freightliner manual is next to worthless. I called the Freightliner Hotline to find out how to permanently clear it – great techs and always a big help. They advised the most likely cause was driving through all the heavy rain and water wicked down the wire to the sensor. He said – drive it! Sure enough, the code cleared itself. Another lesson learned.

The Outpost is a nice little campground. Very nice and accommodating owners. A few permanents and a little cluttered here and there but fine for a night or two. We were parked on an asphalt pad. New power pedestal (site 17) with strong 50 amp, good water and sewer connection was fine. The driveway into it is tight and at the wrong angle. We did it no problem without unhooking. I think a 45’ could - just be careful.

Sunday

A little foggy this morning. We departed the Outpost and continued (reluctantly, as I prefer secondary roads) along I-64 through the rolling green hills of old Kaintuck, then West By God Virginia. We passed the exit for Boonesborough. I swear that it looked like Daniel standing just inside the woods with Old Ticklicker. North on I-77 into Ohio and east on I-70 to Wheeling, WV. Total of only 307 miles today. We hit some stretches of rough road and potholes, mostly on I-64. The good news is that they are paving long stretches of it. Dry camping here tonight. Had dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube, a first for us. Fish (cod) and chips was very good.



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