I am not a morning person.
The last time I was on the road at 5:30 am was so long ago, but there I was on Friday morning stumbling into a Barrie Tim Horton’s, while Jeff filled the RV with gas. We drove into the October early morning darkness for what seemed like forever and as we began to travel the south side of Lake Ontario, the sun rose into our eyes.
Crossing the border was quick and painless and we stopped in Western New York near Buffalo for groceries. If you ever need to pick up food in that area – I must recommend Wegmans. It is as good as Longo’s in Woodbridge for selection and quality. As we set upon the interstate and headed to Jamestown, the sculptures of Buffalo lined the cloverleaf making us feel like we and the road were the ones out of place here. Perhaps, we were.
Most of Friday was spent traveling and running errands, including a stop at the outlet malls in Grove City, PA for some tax free shopping. I picked up some great stuff for prices that really made the trip worthwhile. We drove on through most of Ohio and slept in a Wal-Mart parking lot chased by 0C weather and the threat of snow. I nearly cried when I got dressed that morning – my clothes were like ice! RV travel at this time of year has its struggles…
Saturday morning was the farmland of Indiana and afternoon was St. Louis, where we joined Route 66. We only had a couple of days to enjoy the side roads and only a few of the roads would take our rig, so by the time we crossed the Mississipi we were anxious to discover the Mother Road. The transmission in our gasoline RV screamed through the Ozark section of the old 66 and I-44. The move has us pretty loaded and we had to keep our water and gas at half tank in order to make it up the hills! Our first stop was just south of the Mother Road at the Meramec Caverns.
Reputed to be the hideout of Jesse James and his gang, the tour followed the caves and their underground steams for over an hour. Each leg of the tour was lit in stages, leaving the path before us and behind us in silence and in darkness. Stalactites and stalagmites lined the cavern walls and a small waterfall whispered deep in the walls. Near the end of the tour was this great big stone waterfall that used to be the backdrop in the 1950’s for performances of God Bless America.
The sun sank quickly after leaving the caverns and we moved on quickly to an RV park in Springfield for the night.