December 27, 2016
Come on Daddy, I’ve been waiting all year to go back to my home town of Yuma, Arizona.
Here we are all packed and ready to go. It is almost 10 A.M. and we have 325 miles to travel today before we can rest. The weather is just perfect for driving. A little breezy, but the temperature is around 32 and the sun is shining bright.
As usual, I am nervous, but hopefully, once I get a few miles under my belt, I will calm down and start enjoying the journey. Our plans are to stay at the Walmart in Lebanon, Missouri tonight. This is the same place we stayed on our journey last winter.
This is the best shot I could get as we rolled across the Mississippi River heading west. I hate this section of the highway as we go through East St. Louis. There are so many connecting roads, so close together, I get confused. For the second time in our travels through here, I turned off the interstate and went down into the city streets. Luckily, I was able to go straight back up at the stop light at the bottom of the hill. I was lucky. Could have been horrible, if I had gotten caught in city traffic.
Took a lunch break at a rest stop near Rolla, Missouri in the Ozark hills.
Finally, we rolled into the Walmart parking lot and checked in for the night, just as the sun was reaching for the ground. The weather is cool, but not a cloud in the sky and no wind. This first day has been hard on me. Not used to driving for six hours. I don’t have the umph I used to have.
See you later.