My trip from Tulsa to Missouri lasted about an hour (with lots of flat fields and cows) and then bam! I was in Joplin, Missouri. Yes, the famous Joplin that what hit by a serious tornado a few years ago. Fortunately, I could not see any damage, but I did pass the brand new hospital with small newly planted trees! The previous hospital was destroyed in the tornado.
Crossing into Missouri was like stepping into a new world - where the previous states were wide open spaces, where I would travel large distances without civilization, now I'm in a smaller state, with civilization pretty much none stop. Also, I-44 is now an awful, chopped up road! There are some times when I see cows, but more often I see towns and I have a lot more traffic on the roads. Speaking of the roads! If I saw one dead armadillo, I saw 50 or more! They were along side the road, kind of like back home when we have dead raccoons and rabbits!
Today I stopped about 20 miles from St Louis so that I get to cross the town early tomorrow. Unfortunately, I picked the Yogi Bear Jellystone campground which is close to the Six Flags Park.
I should have known I was in for it when I climbed their steep, twisting driveway! Of course they had a site for my big motorhome! As the escort took me down the narrow road to my site, I knew the site wasn't going to be big enough and it wasn't! Eventually they got me into a site that will be very challenging to get out of, and then I get to climb a hill, make a tight left turn and then down the steep, twisting driveway to head back to the interstate! Should be fun, not! Pray for me.
Highlight of my day? I stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop and paid $2.41 for diesel fuel!! Woohoo!
Fun fact for the day? I'm still on the Purple Heart Trail! It followed me all along I-40 and now up I-44!
|Here I am on my very unlevel site!|
|I go up this slope (doesn't look too bad in this photo) and continue up the campground road to the top!|
|I had to come down this slope to get into my site!|
|And of course a two foot drop from my step to the other step!!!|