Thursday, March 29, 2018

Last day on the road!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – Location: Home!

Enjoyed a great night’s sleep in the Missouri rest area.  I was surprised when I opened the door to take Yuma for his walk around 7 o’clock.  There were at least 25 trucks and one other MH in the parking lot.  They were so quiet, I didn’t even realize they were there during the night.  Thanks truckers!

As usual when I travel long distances, we get right on the road without breakfast.  I did take the time to make a cup of coffee for the road.  Overcast and the roads were wet with some fog especially in the beginning as I traveled through the Ozark hills of Missouri.  Temperatures in the 40s with highs in the 50s for the day. 


Before getting to St. Louis, I stopped for gas and fixed waffles for a brunch.  Last stop before I get home.  As I closed in on St. Louis, I made a last minute decision to take the I-270 North bypass around the city.  It was very busy, but I think it was better than fighting the downtown traffic going directly through the city.


Popped out on I-55 on the northern outskirts of Maryville, Illinois after crossing the Mississippi River.

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The rest of the trip was uneventful and I pulled into my driveway at 2:30.  Didn’t get to rest long.  My grandson, Lane Gibbons is having his 17th birthday dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse tonight.  Got to get ready for that.

Here’s the Laning/Gibbons crew present at the dinner.

Left:  Dolly, Evan, Dixie, Kristi, Lane (BD boy) and Nick
Right:  Tracie, Steve, Jim, Keaton, Sarah and Erin


Another three month winter adventure is over.  Had a great time, but I’m glad to be home.  I won’t be writing a daily blog anymore, but will continue to follow the blogs of others that write year round.  I have appreciated those that followed along with the adventures of Yuma and me.  And the comments! 

Thank you!  See you later.


  1. Looks like you got home just in time for the party, a nice get together with the family.
    It was great time meeting up with you and Yuma again and following your winter travels.
    Enjoy your summer at home.

    1. Thanks George. Had a fun winter. Enjoy following along with you and Suzie. Have a great summer.

    2. Thanks Doug we sure will and hope to catch up with you again next winter as well.

  2. You planned the return perfectly! Welcome home.

    1. Thanks Jeff. My family is getting so big it seems we're having a birthday dinner every week.

  3. Thanks for your winter travel posts Doug. Glad you made it home Okay and I'll be keeping an eye out waiting for you to pop up on my side bar again. Until then....all the best my friend.

    1. Thanks Al. Will be following along each day.

  4. I enjoyed following your Blog this winter hope you have a wonderful summer! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    1. Thank you, Gail. It was fun. I'm glad you enjoyed the adventures that Yuma and I experienced this past winter.

  5. Thanks for taking us along! Becki

  6. Welcome Home!!!!! You timed that just right. It was nice to meet you and Yuma this winter and get to you know a bit better. We enjoyed the time at Superstition Mountains. Thanks for all the help and advice, I appreciate it very much. Hope to see you next year!!!!

    1. Thank you Deb. I'm so glad I got to know you and Riley. We had fun and shared some great adventures together. Have a great summer.

  7. So glad you're Home safely - such a beautiful and happy family. Now we have to go "cold turkey" without you and Yuma and all your adventures. Thanks for sharing all the great photos of sunsets, landscapes, pie, horses, mountains, and, of course, my favorite - the many moods of Yuma !!! Happy Easter, Doug - have a wonderful Summer. See you again someday. πŸŒ΅πŸŒ·πŸ’πŸ•πŸ¦πŸ΄πŸŒžπŸŒΈπŸ˜±

    1. Thanks Moonfly. Glad you came along this winter. Hope your retirement dreams come true next winter. Be sure to let me know when you start your adventures.

      Hopefully you'll write a blog.

  8. Glad you are Home Safe and Sound.
    You don't have to write daily but you can let us know when special things happen.
    Enjoy Your Summer and may our paths cross again next winter.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks Rick. Hope you had a good travel day. I'll be posting once in awhile this summer.

  9. Welcome home Dad! Great to see you!

  10. Glad you had a smooth trip home Doug. I've enjoyed following your blog as usual, maybe see you on the trail next year. Gord.

    1. Thanks Gord. Hope you and Cathie are able to travel next winter.

  11. We're happy to hear your journey has ended well. It was such a pleasure to meet you at Bloggerfest. We've followed you since and through the blogs it seems we know you so well. Hope you and Yuma have a great summer and keep in hiking shape. Enjoy getting re-acquainted with your family. Not sure when our paths will cross again (I think we're heading to Florida next year), but you can bet we'll keep an eye out for you.
    Take care!

  12. Glad you made it home safe and sound! Will hope to hear from you now and then over the summer. Silo pics would be nice..haha.. Enjoy your time and will be looking forward to next year! Happy Birthday to Lane, you timed that just right!!

  13. Glad to read you made it home safe and sound. Echoing what Shirley said, hope to hear from you once and awhile over the summer.
    Hope to cross paths again down the road.
    Take care.

    Tom and Deb
    Celebrating the Dance

  14. Well Doug, back home! Enjoyed your posts for 3months, and look forward to next time you head out...heck may meet you there. You've inspired me and wife to give Rv travel a try. Just need to find a reliable t.v., which is hard to find.Enjoy your family time. Rawn

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