Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Recap

Since I'm sure you've read every word of every post during this entire trip I'll keep the recap fairly short J

First a few stats:

Departure Date:  Jul 24
Return Date:  Sep 30
Duration:  69 days
Distance in the RV:  5828 miles plus a couple thousand more in the car – no wonder our butts were sore.

States we stayed overnight:  KY, MO, KS, NE, WY, MT, ID, WA, OR, UT, CO

Friday, October 2, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Days 68 & 69 – The Final Two Days

Our final two days for the trip began in Oak Grove, MO and we got on the road a little before 10am.  First let me say that Kansas still wins the I-70 road condition prize and like CO, MO was working to get it better.  For the whole trip I never complained about delays due to infrastructure repair – it’s direly needed.

We took I-70 east, then I-64 & I-270 around St. Louis and finally I-55 to Sikeston (good road and light traffic).  We arrived at our overnight stop at Hinton RV Park, for our third time there, and once again found it perfect for an overnight stay.  The site was level and long enough to not require unhooking, the utilities, cable, and WiFi all worked fine – it's convenient to I-55 and a service station with big vehicle pumps - definitely recommend this place.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Day 67 – Hanging in Oak Grove, MO

Our plan was to pull out of Oak Grove on Mon, but I was still very tired on Sunday and my foot was acting up so we decided to stay an extra day.  Basically, we just hung out and I took some anti-inflammatory pills that Pat just happened to have with her.

For supper we opted for take-out from a locally famous place called PT’s Family Restaurant which is known for its breaded pork tenderloin and onion rings.  Since ours was take-out I didn’t get any shots so I lifted some from their website and since we had also eaten there our first night, I know they are accurate.

These are their famous huge onion rings – about 6” diameter x 1” thick and very good.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Day 65 – Whoop De Do #2

We first met Dave and Jackie when they drove all the way from Kansas City to attend our 2012 blogger Party (Louisiana crawfish boil) and on the way home from our 2013 Western Trip, they suggested we stay in KC for a couple of days and they would throw a Whoop De Do (whatever that was).  Turned out, it was when they invited a bunch of people over and laid on a real feast with these dishes: Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce, BBQ Turkey, 30 Garlic Peppercorn Beef Roast, Cranberry Sauce & Salmon, Baby Back Ribs, Stained Glass Jello Salad, Corn and Pepper Succotash, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Potatoes and Green Beans, Mac and Cheese, Chorizo Sausage and Apple Stuffing, Cowboy Pork and Beans, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Apple Cheddar Pie.

So on our way west this trip, we had lunch with them as we past though KC and they invited us to come to another Whoop De Do on our way back home, to which we quickly said yes.  This menu included appetizers of bacon wrapped apples and bacon wrapped sausage.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Days 63 & 64 – Traveling to KC

We got on the road from Denver a little before 10am and had an uneventful trip to the KOA in Wakeeney, KS.  I’ve been a fan of KS roads since we began RVing and this day was no exception.  While CO was working on their part of I-70, they have a ways to go and the road surface improved noticeably as soon as we crossed the KS state line.

The drive scenery was about as expected with crops either harvested or about to be and some giant wind farms – one was about 20 miles long.  It never ceases to amaze me how much is grown in the plains and we can only see a few miles on each side of the road rather than the couple thousand miles north to south between the US and Canada – it’s about the same distance, east/west as well.

The Wakeeney KOA was a decent park and not as tight as many KOA’s and while not fancy, they are a great overnight stop as they have long pull-thru’s that can easily accommodate big rigs without unhooking the car.  Check-in was smooth and efficient and we were guided to our site.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Day 61 & 62 – Hanging Around Denver

Our car has been making a funny hot smell for the past couple of weeks but we were getting no alarms and the gauges showed A-OK, but since the campground was only a mile from a Buick dealer and it was under warranty, we decided to take it by resulting in a nice down day for us and they fixed the problem.

Since we did nothing on Tue, Wed got a little busier as we went out for breakfast at a place called Café 13 in downtown Golden and while it got high reviews (mostly as a stop for coffee and pastries), we were disappointed with our meals.  Oh well you can’t win them all.

After that, I left the girls in downtown for some shopping while I headed back to the RV to do a little planning for the next day’s drive to Kansas.  Golden looks like a nice little town and is home to the Coor’s Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

2015 Western Trip- Days 59 & 60 – The Special Part Of RVing

When we got into RVing, I thought it was because I wanted to see America but after four years I now find the best part of RVing is meeting Americans, especially bloggers and RVers and while in Denver we got to do a 3fer.

It began with our third visit with Bob and Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) and included blogger Heather (Rocky Mountain Cooking) and LA’s goddaughter Stephanie at their new digs in Highlands Ranch for a casual dinner party.  All of these shots were taken by various phones and sent to me - my camera was in the car.