We were disappointed that we didn't get to visit with our friend Jane last night, but we did talk to her on the phone. Poor Jane is so sick with the flu. We did have a nice evening in the Granite City, Illinois Elks Lodge. It was like most Elks Lodges, friendly.
We had been traveling on Interstate 55 down from Chicago, but as we passed through St. Louis we transitioned to the 44 as it heads south west to Interstate 40 that takes us home to California. This route follows alongside the old Route 66 with all it's colorful old signs for the vendors and tourist attractions.
We passed miles of grape fields and wineries in both Missouri and Oklahoma. The oddest thing we saw today was a "bridge" over the interstate that was a McDonalds restraurant.
When Larry decided he had driven long enough today we found another Elks Lodge with RV parking in Claremore, Ok. again enjoying the local folks in the lounge.