Monday, November 2, 2015

Miami, OK to El Reno, OK

November 1, 2015

We did end up getting a late start today because of the fog. After leaving the casino parking lot we headed over to a city park in Miami, I had found on line, that said there was a free dump station. It basically looked like an old parking lot but there was a place to dump for free and they had water. It also said on the sign you could camp for free.

There was an older woman there who was camping in a small van. She waved hello, I walked over to talk to her, and she was quite the character. She said, she was just wandering going no where in particular. I am not sure where she had started from exactly she mentioned being homesick for Washington, Oregon, and Texas at different times during our conversation.  It was just nice chatting with her and listening to her stories. At one point she mentioned she was surprised I had walked over to talk; she said, most people seem to turn from her in fear.  She walked with me to say hi to Tom and as we parted I told her to be sure and wander somewhere warm for the winter and she told us to be safe. One of those chance encounters that turned a beautiful day even more interesting.

Top two pictures are of the river from the parking lot where we
 found the dump station.
Bottom one is of the entrance to the downtown.

We were back on I 44 a little after 12:00pm. The following are just some pictures I took during today's ride.

Today's goal was to get past Tulsa and Oklahoma City. We accomplished that and parked for the night at the Walmart in El Reno, OK.

Just a quick note: If you find yourself on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike going around Oklahoma City bring plenty of change. There are several toll booths and they all require exact change. Though they do have paper money changers the people behind you do not appreciate the delay.
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”
                                                                ~Shirley MacLaine

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