Unfinished Business - Fall/Winter - 2017/8 travel blog

Our strategy to linger in the St. Louis area to give the recent snowfall at home a chance to melt was a good one. By the time we got home the sun was out and the roads clear and dry. Since our toilet facilities were in lockdown, we were glad to see that the four rest area between here and there were open. Recently we have noticed states cutting corners and saving money by shutting down these tourist friendly facilities. Most of the time we can stop in any parking lot to have a meal and recharge our figurative batteries in the motor home, but a lack of rest areas makes it hard for folks in cars. Two days ago we drove 180 miles across the entire Texas panhandle without a place for tourists in cars to make a pit stop. In Oklahoma on the tollway there were a few oases, but they were widely spaced and it was a hassle to get off the road and back on. To save money they make you pay for many miles ahead not yet traveled and when you get off you have to show your receipt and get a refund and they pay again when you get back on. NOT VERY TOURIST FRIENDLY.

Now my back is aching. I have taken everything out of the motor home that I remembered was there. Tomorrow I will revisit all the nooks and crannies and hopefully find everything else I forgot. And Ken will have a wonderful time draining all the water lines and inserting anti-freeze. Once the motor home has been put to bed, we can turn our attention to the next trip which is coming very, very soon.

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