Location: Truck Travel Center east of Joplin, Missouri
This morning Yuma and I were awake at 7 o'clock and soon after we were up and fixing breakfast. Was chilly last night. Got down to 37 degrees but the wind was gone and the skies were bright blue. Going to be a great travel day.
About 8:30 I saw Lorne sitting outside drinking a cup of coffee and I went out and joined him. It was just cool enough to wear a jacket or sweatshirt, but felt nice. Soon Sue joined us and we got one last coffee happy hour in before we started our final preparations to leave.
Went back inside to finish packing and then headed up to the corner for diesel. Finally, at 11:30 we were on our way. They were heading north and we were headed east. I was thinking of taking state roads to Vinita, Oklahoma, but ended up taking the beautiful I-44 tollway all the way to Vinita.
The WL traveled flawlessly and before I knew it Oklahoma City was dead ahead. In years past I have always hated the drive through OKC because of all the construction. It is now all done and I skirted around the city comfortably.
I stopped in Vinita, Oklahoma at 4:30 as planned at the Walmart and went in and bought supplies.
For some reason, I kept missing places to stay and before I knew it I was in Joplin, Missouri and back on I-44. Saw a Travel Center that allowed overnight camping mainly for truckers. Pulled in and filled up with diesel and drove back to the parking area and it was huge. I found a place way off in a corner and I'm done for the day. It's now 7 o'clock and we traveled 270 miles today.
My youngest grandson, Keaton turned five today and because of the coronavirus, he couldn't have a normal birthday party. So, Instead all the family and his friends drove by his house in a parade of cars with balloons and streamers. They would stop and he would run over and grab his presents from the car window as they handed them out. What a unique and memorable birthday for Mr. Keats!
Happy birthday, Keaton!
Miss Fergie wishing Keaton a happy birthday! Jim and Sarah holding Keats.
The parade of cars slowly going by.
The handsome five year old Mr. Keaton!
Time for dinner and bed. See you later.