Location: Coalfield Rest Area on I-55 south of Springfield, Illinois
Last night I didn't get to making my dinner till 9:30. Luckily, I had bought a smoked ham at Walmart and I heated two slices and made myself a delicious ham sandwich. Yuma had a couple of slices too. By the time I got to bed it was after 11 o'clock. Very late for me.
The truck stop was quiet last night, so I got a good nights sleep and didn't get up till 8:30 this morning. We had a nice leisurely breakfast and on the road at 10:30. My goal today is ambitious. I want to be on the other side of St Louis and across the Mississippi River into Illinois which is 280 mile almost exactly the same miles as yesterday.
My day was uneventful and the WL again ran flawlessly. There are some fairly big hills in the Ozark area of Missouri and occasionally I would downshift to 5th or 4th gear to keep my rpms up, but no problem.
Popular rest area.
Beautifully well kept.
Up and down the hills we go!
In the center of the southern part of the state is Fort Leonard Wood. I shutter every time I go by. I had basic training their in the fall and winter of 1967 as an Army grunt. Caught pneumonia and thought I was going to die. But I didn't :))
Couldn't get a picture of the river crossing but when I arrived at the truck center I had hoped to stop for the day I found it to be completely full. There wasn't one spot available and this was at 3:30!
So I follow the Illinois highway 111 north hoping to find a place in a small town. As I drove through Roxana, I saw a closed gas station and pulled in there. After thinking about it, I just didn't want the town police to boot me out because I don't know the rules in these small towns, so I moved on.
Not far up the road I saw a Walmart Supercenter in Wood River so I started to pull in there and saw next door was an empty building for sale with a large parking lot.
By this time it was after 5 o'clock and time to eat. Decided to just have dinner, so I pulled out my grill and sat it on the ground next to the building and grilled a potato and heated up a couple of slices of ham. Heated some corn kernels on the burner inside and Yuma and I had dinner.
Now it's after 6 o'clock and I again didn't feel comfortable for some reason, so finally I decided to move on. We routed ourselves over to I-55 and stayed on it till just after 7 o'clock when I found my first rest area and we pulled into it. So, I'm now back to a comfortable element and ready to call it a night.
We ended up driving 350 miles today, way more than I intended. However, it was a beautiful sunny and warm day with no wind. Perfect for a days drive. I must say the WL is a pleasure to drive. It just loves to hum along at 65 mph.
We are now just over an hour from home, so in the morning I can clean up the WL a little to make it presentable and be home by noon after a leisurely breakfast. The end of this adventure is fast coming to a close :(( :)) Sad for it to end but glad I will be home with Dolly, Fergie and the rest of my family.
It's only 8:30 and I'm done with my day except for pudding and whipped cream. :))
See you later.