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

We spent most of the day driving through Oklahoma, paying $38 for tolls. If they were smart, they would have affiliated themselves with our I-PASS tollway machine which takes us all the way from Chicago to Maine without having to stop to pay tolls. It costs just as much, but is far less painful if you don't know it at the time. These are the only tolls we have had to pay on the entire trip. Oklahoma is not OK!

We got off the expressway in Joplin, MO, but are camped at a casino in Kansas and ate at the casino buffet in Oklahoma - Mondays are two-for-one buffet day. Obviously, the Quapaw tribe pays no regard to state lines; there are probably financial advantages to having the casino building where it is. As expected it has gotten colder as we have driven northeast. In Tulsa we enjoyed warm sunshine at lunch time and admired blooming fruit trees, but here it is gray and just above freezing. One of the reasons we decided not to push the pace and arrive home tomorrow is that a warmish front is coming from the west and we might as well get what comfort we can from those extra few degrees as we unpack the motor home.

It is sure to be a hurculean task. We left home seven months ago with a break for the Christmas holidays. Who knows what we have purchased and where we stowed it. No matter how careful we are, we need to make at least one trip back to the storage lot for something we didn't notice. If it's going to freeze we don't want to forget any liquids and all foodstuffs need to be removed lest they attract hungry mice. And we only have 24 hours to get it all out due to gate community regulations.

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