No, not to the races—our next stopping point on vacation. Our new trip. It’s like a trip within a trip (The Inception version of vacations maybe) How often does anyone get to do that?
I would like to point out however, because of the Covid outbreak everything is done very thought out and methodically. Only one person goes in to pay for gas, we don’t go into souvenirs shops or to use the public bathrooms anywhere we always wearing a mask, avoiding contact with unnecessary people, all our activities take place outside, etc. Unfortunately because we drive a Ford F-250 diesel and are pulling such a large rig we can’t stop at a typical gas station. We have to use truck stops. Which means that hubby always has to go in and pay for gas otherwise they treat us like they would a truck driver —which obviously costs several hundred dollars to fill- and automatically put a $500 hold on your credit card. (I’m sure that number varies, but we learned that the hard way last year after we stopped twice without knowing that). So when you’re traveling lots of miles and need lots of diesel all those holds add up. So that’s just a tidbit of info for you all who may be in the same situation. We go in and just say we want $x.xx on our card and it works much better.
Moving on…..unfortunately we do have to backtrack some after making this adjustment so back we travel through all of Tennessee. yes we the backtracking too and it easily added an extra day to our drive but I figure any traveling is good traveling so there’s nothing to be upset about. We stopped the first night in Clarksville Tennessee at a cute little RV park there. https://clarksvillervpark.com
We stayed there last year so we already knew it was adequate and had what we needed. Everyone was friendly and they did curb side check in so we didn’t even have to get out of the car.
Their cute little vintage mascot trailer out front!!
It was full hookup with plenty of space so we didn’t have to unhook our camper for the night, which certainly makes it easier to get going in the morning.
After Clarksville, we were headed thru Kentucky (FYI—State of Kentucky—you seriously need to fix your interstate. The roads are in awful shape!) to Illinois and Missouri.
Yes, we viewed the gateway to the west through the car window this drive through St. Louis.
Our stop that evening was Cottonwoods RV park in Columbia, MO https://cottonwoodsrvpark.com.
When we got there we realized we lost a tail lite cover on our trailer somewhere that day—probably Kentucky. This Rv park is somewhere I would absolutely stay again for an evening. The sites were very level and had a lot of space for your RV—once again not having to unhook.
Now I know in writing this it probably makes people anxious that we are only driving and not stopping and doing things, or unhooking for the night—but hey, this is how we roll, I guess!
Also typically we would check out the amenities that each campground has to offer like bathrooms, showers, laundry etc, but to keep risk of contamination low this trip we are avoiding all these things!
Our drive upon leaving Missouri and heading to Nebraska was a little more fun filled. Now, if you’ve ever been through Nebraska you’ll realize that it is 93% farmland. Seriously. So I watched a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel that I enjoy at home frequently—Aeriel America—(https://tve.smithsonianchannel.com/video/series/aerial-america/62184). If you’ve never seen it you should. It gives you a flyover if the state as well as the history. It’s quite interesting to watch.
However, seriously, there is little to see or do. (However we did get hit with a nice rock and now have a huge crack in our windshield so jay has to be fixed when we get home.) So I went on rvtripwizard.com, which is where I do all my route planning and campsite finding, and found a campsite that had only 2 reviews but they were both 5*. I then went to their campsite to look at their website. Looks great! I book it!
We pull in and we’re like…..What? So while it was an okay stopover spot, after being there and parking we realize at one point in time this used to be a campsite and a motel for travelers and these new owners are trying to fix it up and make it nice again! http://firefly-meadows.com So, while right now it’s nothing to write home about, it did seem like they are putting lots of effort and money into it to make it a great place. I don’t have anything negative to say about it at all, actually, just from outward appearances, it was a little run down. I would be interested in checking back next year to see what they accomplish this summer actually.
Firefly meadows campground—under renovation!
We did, however enjoy a most beautiful sunset over the prairie.
So this morning we headed across the plains of Nebraska to tonight’s destination—Cheyenne, Wyoming!
Plains (and trains) of Nebraska Rain headed our way (Nebraska)
Now that we’re here what will tomorrow bring?