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Mar 12, 2018 - the third day

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...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Joplin

The morning started out cool and cloudy but no rain and warmed up to 62. We headed up #7 and good thing we didn’t try it last night because it was very crooked but again awesome scenery. Lots of 10 mph curves. We stopped at a few view points. We got to Branson and did some walking around the area where the theatres are. We did go into the wax museum. I also got to check out a fabric store. It is beautiful around Branson, rock walls, deep gulleys, high hills. Didn’t take long and we were out in the flat lands, kind of sad. We are spending...

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Brenner2018

Jul 5, 2017 - One more day

Nothing major to talk about today. We've been on the road for a month having left on 5 Jun and we haven't killed each other yet, so guess no one wins the pool, ha ha! We're in Joplin, MO tonight. It was a short day of driving, only 224 miles. We arrived here about 3 after stopping several times to stretch and check the car, don't want another dead battery. We're in the Joplin KOA, and it looks like we're only one of about 15 parked here. As it turns out, we've been here before. Think it was in 2013. We had been to 6-State gathering in...

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Utah and Back

Nov 8, 2016 - Election night in Joplin, MO

11-8-16 Election night in Joplin, MO Left Paducah shortly after 8AM. The weather is cloudy, but no wind or rain. The road took us through Kentucky, very briefly in Illinois, then over the Ohio and Mississippi rivers into Missouri. We covered 400 miles in about seven and a half hours arriving in Joplin, MO around 3:30PM. We came to Joplin to see Jenny and Grant (niece and her husband) and meet Miles and Porter, their two young sons for the first time. We brought along a dining room set that Eric gifted them (Bob and Julie's Moving Co, at...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Day 26, Thursday, Sept 29

Lots of interesting stops today, nothing like the Gateway Arch. St. Robert is near an Army base, Fort Leonard Wood. Apparently the young recruits were graduating. We were among the few people who were there not attending a graduation. First off was a visit to a couple of quilt stores and the pet store (Sasha's stash needed to be refreshed). One of the quilt store's was having a 'block of the month' that represented memories of the Orphan Train. In addition to the block kit, it included a memory from one of the children who rode the Orphan...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Jaunt to Joplin

We got going relatively early to beat the heat on the road. The first part of the trip was uneventful and we stopped at all the usual rest areas. Foxy has her favorites and we can never pass them up. Traffic through Tulsa was relatively mild for a Saturday. We had lunch and ran the generator and the a/c to keep the coach cool. Around Big Cabin, OK, traffic came to a complete stop. We crawled along for an hour, debating on whether to pull off and wait it out. We finally reached the bottleneck; an 18-wheeler took out the concrete median and...

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Summer 2016 & Beyond

Sep 22, 2015 - Two Museums on the Way to Joplin

I made two stops on my drive to Joplin Missouri. The first was at the Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield, Mo - the place where the paper began during the Civil War. "Union soldiers had chased Confederate soldiers out of Bloomfield. Ten soldiers who were printers in civilian life decided to use their downtime using the Bloomfield Herald's press to publish a one page paper for the regiments in town. They named their publication after the U.S. flag, and on Nov. 9, 1861, the first issue of Stars and Stripes was distributed." Only four...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Day 10 Oklahoma City, OK to Joplin, MO

August 20, 2015 Day 10 Oklahoma City, OK to Joplin, Mo Our schedule had us traveling the Springfield, Mo today but we decided to take a detour and travel a section of Route 66. Route 66 was the main highway from LA to Chicago up until the 70s when the interstate system was built. We started out on I-40 to OK 177 North that crossed route 66. 8 miles East on Route 66 brought us to the town of Chandler , Ok. There we stopped at the Route 66 Interpretive Center. The building was an armory built in the 30s that was abandoned and renovated to...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Spook Light Night

As intended, we got an early start today. Along the way we saw some of the most beautiful country so far as we climbed our way over the Ozarks. We are impressed with how well people take care of their yards – almost all are mowed and there is no trash on the side of the road. We are amazed at the expanse of our country: it is HUGE. We arrived in Joplin, MO right on schedule at 1:30 PM and checked into the Joplin KOA: the most expensive campground to date at $47.00. Adjacent to I-40 and many nearby truck stops, it’s a bit noisy. The $25 C.G....

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Jun 12, 2015 - Journey to Joplin

Joe woke me up early and suggested we hit the road a little earlier than we had planned because there was a storm heading in from the west and we might be able to get ahead of it. We got going but we didn't beat the storm; it caught up with us and we got drenched with a heavy downpour. We drove out of it on the northeast side of Oklahoma City and we had smooth sailing to the midway on the Turnpike and our rest break. Foxy was ready for a walk. Then, we tackled T-town. Traffic was light and all the drivers were on their best behavior and we...

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Nov 7, 2014 - A trip to Joplin, MO

11-7-14 A trip to Joplin, MO We got up late this morning and were in no hurry to get going. Check out from our RV spot was at 11AM and we took it to the last minute. This is the disadvantage of staying in an RV park vs the Walmart. Julie spent most of her morning on the phone again. The usual. We finally got going, kinda. We needed to stop for supplies and gas. We were truly rolling south at highway speeds by 12:50PM. The drive was clear, sunny, but very windy. Driving in the wind with a Winnebago towing a pickup truck is very tiring. We...

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Jun 22, 2014 - Big Brutus and Bentonville, AK

Sunday, June 22, 2014 – Big Brutus in Kansas-Bentonville, Arkansas We left Joplin at 7:30. We went through Baxter Springs the home of Water Cutting. They created it, I guess. It think it helped in the name for Radiator Springs in the movie Cars. Now to West Mineral, Kansas to see Big Brutus the 16 story tall Power Shovel the 2nd largest ever built in the world. (What else is there to see in Kansas?) Big Brutus did not dig coal but he removed the “overburden” (dirt & rocks covering the coal seams.) Brutus was started in 1962 and stopped...

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