Monday, March 27, 2017
My location: Home!
Slept pretty good last night. My location on the north side of Walmart was nice and quiet. Had a few rain showers, but no wind and it was warm enough to leave the window behind my bed open.
Got up at 7:00 and put coffee on and started reading blogs and eating little white donuts for awhile. By the time I was ready to get on the road, it was 9:00. Have 325 miles to cover today, so better get going. Told Dolly I would be pulling in around 3 o’clock.
The roads were great, but it either rained or drizzled most of the day.
When I saw the sign saying Fort Leonard Wood, it brought back old memories. I was 22, just graduated in August of 1967 from college, and I was drafted by the U.S. Army. Two months after graduation, Dolly drove me to Kansas City to be inducted and they put me on a bus that very day and drove me to Fort Leonard Wood for basic training.
Those six weeks were eye opening and definitely memorable. I was four years older than most of the draftees, so I was able to view things a little differently than the 18 year olds fresh out of high school. Oh, the good ole days!
The Ozark hills around this area are beautiful, even on a cloudy day.
As I closed in on St. Louis, the rain and fog made driving difficult to see.
For that reason, I made a last minute decision to take I-270, the bypass around the west side of the city. First time I’ve done this. About 20 miles further, but I’m not in a hurry and just had a bad feeling about driving through St. Louis in rain and fog.
Crossing the Mississippi River North of St. Louis.
As I promised, I pulled into our driveway around 3 o’clock. It feels great to finally be home from my three month Southwest journey and have our family whole once more.
Yuma doing one of his high jumps in excitement at seeing his Mom and Fergie looking over at me with anxious eyes. Yes, it’s good to be home.
See you later.