Hartford City, Indiana
The first days drive of 217-miles took us to the Wildwood Outdoor Escape. We spent the night of June 20, 2017 here. It is a large campground with over 100 sites and a tent camping area. The sites are all grass and not exactly level but plenty long enough for the RV and tow-dolly. They are wider than normal and include a picnic table. We had water and electric but no sewer hook-up. WiFi was not great but our Verizon signal was strong. We paid $19.26 for the night with our Passport America discount.
There is a fishing lake and a swimming hole with a small beach. They have a volleyball court, playground, putt-putt golf and organized activities.
|Lots of fish|
We pulled over and discovered that the screws that hold the side panel under the drivers door had worked loose. The panel was flapping in the wind.
So Les was trying to put in new screws on the side of the expressway while Nancy was praying he wouldn't get hit by a car or truck! After two stops, a couple of screws, some duck tape and wire we got it secured down.
Never a dull moment in our lives.
Cerro Gordo, Illinois
233 more miles down the road we arrived at Tom and Carol's RV Park on June 21. Another interesting story. First, GPS had us make a right turn, when we should have turned left. Seeing we were in the middle of farm land we had to drive about 5-miles to circle back to the right place. When if we had turned left we would have been about 1,000 feet from the park. We finally get to the RV park and pull in only to discover there is no way out and we can't back up with the tow-dolly on. So we dropped the car and removed the tow-dolly and hooked it up to the car. Then we backed the RV out of the park. This was necessary as we needed to drive to the fairgrounds because there wasn't room at the RV park. Really, we can't make this stuff up.
We get to the Platt County Junior Fairgrounds just a couple blocks away and pull into our site only to discover that someone has stolen the 50 amp outlet. We move to the next spot where we can finally set-up. It was a very long day and close to 100-degrees out which makes it very hot inside. Our site was right next to one of the buildings and our door opened onto the road but it was only $10.00 for the night so you can't really complain. We had 50 amp electric and water hook-up. There was no WiFi but our Verizon signal was good.
Monroe City, Missouri
On June 22, our 183-mile trip took us back across the Mississippi River.
We spent one night at the Mark Twain Landing. This is another large campground with over 200 RV sites along with tent sites and cabins and condos to rent. They have two catch and release ponds, a swimming pool, putt-putt golf and a number of activities. There is a small restaurant that serves pizza and wings and a general store with all your basic needs.
We were in site 187 and it is one of the more private ones. The pads are cement and the sites are wider than normal with a picnic table and fire ring. The only draw back is the water connection is on the wrong side of the RV, a good 50-feet away.
Luckily we had long enough hoses. WiFi was not very good but our Verizon signal was strong. We paid $28.24 with our Passport America discount.
South Hutchinson, Kansas
The drive should have been closer to 180-miles but Nancy's navigational skills failed us a bit and we took a little detour. The Light House Landing RV Park was a nice surprise. We were expecting it to be noisy as it is right off Highways 50 and 14, nestled behind a sporting goods store and a truck stop. It was actually one of the quieter places we have stayed. It is a fairly new park and it has about 30 sites and four cabins that you can rent. It is designed to give you the feeling of an old frontier town on the prairie.
The office is in an old school house and the bathrooms and laundry building are made to look like a bunk house.
The sites themselves need a lot of work, we pulled into three before we found one that was close to level. They are all gravel pull through, with full hook ups. They are on the narrow side and the grass area is all weeds.
The owners are working on improvements so things should get better. WiFi was good and our Verizon signal was strong. We paid $17.00 for the night with our Passport America discount.
|Les picked some wild flowers - |
There is a brewery and a distillery but seeing it was noon on Sunday neither one was open.
After leaving Dodge City we hit our last stop before Colorado. After six days of straight travel we needed a day of rest so we spent two nights at the Deerfield Beach Campground.
This place was a surprise too, but not a nice one. It is probably one of the more dingy places we have stayed. When we pulled in we both looked at each other with quite a surprised look on our face. The majority of sites are permanent residents and most of them are not kept up very well. The sites are supposed to be all pull through but they are not, the site we pulled into didn't have anyone in either site so we were able to pull through one to get to the other. This means we were able to leave the car on the tow-dolly. The sites are all weeds and not very level.
Our site along with the rest of the place had trash on it, an old hanger, broken grill brush, bags, to name just a few things we saw. There were also 1000's of grasshoppers which was kind of fun - every time you took a step they jumped all over, which of course freaked out poor Mielikki!
There is a small lake which we guess is where the Beach in the name comes from. It seemed well stocked with fish.
It is very quiet here which worked out fine for a place to just stay put for a day and catch our breath. There was also a pretty sunset one night. We paid $15.00 a night with our Passport America discount. We would have been pretty unhappy if we were paying $30 a night for this place!
1,280 miles in six days, a new record for us. Another 227 and we will be in Pueblo, CO.
Till we meet again...
Happy Trails to You!
Tips and things we have learned along the way
~ Roadside emergencies
You never know when something will go wrong while you are driving and you have to pull over and stop. There are some things to consider when this happens.
~ 1. If you can make it to an exit that is the safest way to go, pull off and park in a parking lot or some where out of traffic.
~ 2. If that is not possible and you need to stop right away you want to pull as far off the road as you can.
~ 3. If there are two of you have one watch traffic while the other works on the car or RV. On our first stop I was able to watch out the window and tell Les when traffic was coming so he could step around to the front of the RV.
~ 4. Entrance ramps also make a good place to stop. Our second stop came just as we passed an exit, so we pulled over on the shoulder of the entrance ramp. This put us out of fast moving traffic and gave us a little more space for moving around.
Just be aware of your surroundings, turn on your flashers, and do just what needs to be done to hold you till you are in a safe place to stop.