We Hit The Road
Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
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We got packed and got going early sunday the 14th for a day in San Fransisco before we flew out at 8pm.
Wednesday morning we shipped out after stocking up on supplies and fitting out with all the necessary Bedding, kitchen gear, camp stoves etc.
We took the scenic 12 highway through Michigan to Indiana and found a beautifull state park on a lake we had all to ourselves as it is out of season. The next day we drove through Indiana into Illinois where we camped at Joliet just south of Chicago. This was where we started to explore Route '66.
For two days we avoided the interstate and drove through all the old towns bypassed when the interstate highways were build 50 odd years ago. Motels, Diners and Gas stations were the main fare through these towns, some still operating, some restored as tourist attractions and a lot of derelict buildings in between. Our highlights were finding the giant "Muffler Men".
Sunday we reached St Louis and the Mighty Mississippi where we walked the old ''66 Chain Of Rocks Bridge preserved now as a pedestrian bridge.
It is over a mile long and for some reason they built it with a 15 degree bend in the middle. After some sight seeing we drove along the Missouri river through their wine growing region to Washington Missouri.
Here we "boondocked for the first time in the parking lot at the local shopping centre. Some big stores like Wal-Mart welcome RVers to camp overnight in their lots. I am writing this in a Wal-Mart lot in Albuquerque New Mexico surrounded by 8 other motorhomes all forming an unofficial campground. We have found these other travelers more friendly than the official campground types in their big ¼ million dollar + rigs.
Back to the trip. Sunday night we camped at a state park (our favorite type of park) near Lebanon and did some trout fishing and checked out their hatchery before we hit the road. Squirrels and raccoons keep us on our toes with our rubbish bag habits in these parks.
We waved goodbye to Missouri and hello Oklahoma on Monday and drove in the rain all day to reach Oklahoma City for a cold night, 5c, in another parking lot. The Motorhome has a gas furnace that warms us up nicely but the fan runs on 12 volts and unless we are hooked up to power or run the genset it chews the battery pretty quick. RV etiquette dictates you don't run generators in these parking lots so we have to go easy on the furnace.
Tuesday was fine and as soon as we left Oklahoma City we started to see these billboards advertising a free 72 oz steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. The boys started winding me up about it so I fasted through the day in preparation.
This steak was free only if you ate it plus a shrimp cocktail, dinner roll, side salad and baked potato in less than 1 hour. Otherwise you pay $1 per ounce. Well I couldn't back down now so after signing the waiver accepting how it was cooked and tasted, ok'ing photos and spruiking, they sat me up on stage with a clock and half a cow they called a steak.
Bye for now, lots of love, The McGregors-5.