Saturday, October 24, 2020

Our Seventh Adventure Begins

Saturday, October 24, 2020

I know it has been a while since I posted a blog. For what ever reason I just could not seem to motive myself to do so. Yet, since, this blog is a diary of our life in retirement living out our dream I knew if for no other reason then to be able to look back on our time living this dream I needed to get back to it. It will probably take me a couple of posts to get caught up to real time but then anyone who reads this blog knows that is nothing new for me.

We are presently parked at Rusty's RV Ranch near Rodeo, New Mexico. The Stinger "B" drove through the gate on October 10th and we will be here until November 10th. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We said goodbye to the seven people pictured below and pulled out of Escanaba on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  We so look forward to the adventure we are on in this our retirement yet at the same time as we head out it is bittersweet as we know we will miss them each and every day. It was a busy summer in Escanaba and I will do some summer catching up in a couple of posts. 

Our daughter and her family.

Crossing the Mackinac Bridge we leave the UP behind.
It was a pleasant surprise to see color on our entire trip.

Our destination was Ypsilanti, Michigan where we stayed at the Detroit Greenfield RV Park. We spent seven days there visiting with our son and his family and it was a busy week filled with hugs from our grandchildren and visiting with their parents. All to soon it was time to say goodbye and move on. Another bittersweet moment as we will miss them every day, also, as we pursue our retirement dream. More about that time in my catch up post.

Our son and his family.

We left Detroit Greenfield park on Wednesday, September 30th, though it was a short drive south. Only 30 miles today and our first stop was a Cabela's in Dundee, Michigan. Tom had something he wanted to look at inside the store, plus, I order groceries from the Kroger down the road for curbside pickup.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 (Our Seventh Adventure Truly Begins)

We crossed the border into Ohio at approximately 10:30AM leaving Michigan in the rearview window with all the possibilities of the months to come ahead of us. This will be the third time I use this word in this blog but it is so true. It is truly a bittersweet feeling to leave Michigan behind because in that state we leave our children and grandchildren who we love more then we can say.  As we head out on this adventure we also leave family and friends behind all of whom we will miss. 

This has been our retirement dream, I know I have said it before and fair warning I will probably say it again, for as long as both of us can remember. Though this year will be a different type of adventure. The pandemic hangs over our country and the world. The cases increase daily and the deaths from this virus continue to add up. Knowing all this one may question why we would choose to leave all those we care about and still head towards ths southwest. As most of you know we live fulltime in this motorhome we lovingly call the Stinger "B" and she is not made to be a home in the cold of Michigan. So after some back and forth the only decision that made sense was to continue living our retirement as planned. After how quickly things changed earlier this year we have made more definite type plans for our first couple of months this adventure something we have never done before. As I mentioned above we are at this park for a month and when we leave here it will be to move to another RV Park near Huachuca City, Arizona for a month. That will bring us to December and before we leave there we will have a plan in place as to where we are going next. The hope is we will be on our way to the desert near Quartzsite and dry camping. For right now with all that has been going on in this country we felt it best to be tucked into RV Parks for a couple of months. Another reality about this year is our Canadian Friends are most likely not going to be crossing the border and traveling in the US this winter. Knowing this brings a definite sadness into our hearts as we will miss them dearly.

To catch up I will be doing two blogs on our journey to this place. Probably one or two summer catch ups and then a couple of blogs of what we have been doing since we arrived in this place. The "plan" is to be in real time before November 1st.

Crossing into Ohio
it was nice to still see the colors of fall.

The decision is to mostly spend time on US and State
Highways. How can you not smile when you see a
happy water tower out the window?

Small towns and farms along the way.
When it is more practical for traveling we will
turn onto Interstates.

One large solor farm.

Not sure who thought roundabouts would be fun.

We spent the night at a Walmart in 
Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Looking out in the morning across the parking lot.
The full moon in the early morning light.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Under wonderfully blue skies we left the Walmart parking lot in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Today's destination a Walmart in Hannibal, Missouri. One thing I wanted to mention is most of this trip, except for a short time near Springfield, Illinois, until we connected with I-40 in Texas we spent on highways in areas of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas we had never traveled before. Actually we had never been across Kansas before at all.

Driving back through Crawfordsville on our way
to I-74.

Today's journey was mostly on I-74 then I-72 it was the
quickest route across Illinois and the goal was to get
across Illinois and into Missouri today.

We saw this sign a couple of times today.

We traveled on some rough road today.
Our thought as we road under this sign:
Hope to see you guys out in the White Lion
in the months ot come. 
The road ahead as we continue

across Illinois.

Then there was the sign we were waiting to see
ahead is the Mississippi River and Missouri.

Crossing the Mississippi River.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Another day moving west under blue skies. We really have been lucky as far as the weather so far on this journey.

Definitly harvest time in Missouri.
When we stopped for diesel in Bevier, MO
we had matching trucks on either side fueling up.

Learned something new today,
Cameron, MO is the crossroads of the nation.

Our destination today was yet another Walmart in St. Joseph, MO not our best choice for a couple of reasons. First of all I always call ahead to make sure they allow overnight parking and the person I talked to said they did. We had planned a short drive today just about four hours and we planned on pulling into the parking lot mid afternoon which we did. I had scheduled a grocery pick up for between 5 and 6. They had a security vehicle circling the parking lot but he never stopped during the afternoon. I should note here there were no signs saying, no overnight parking allowed. The grocery pickup was over an hour late and all I will say about that is it was not the young girls doing the orders it was the managers lack of properly staffing the job which I found out when I went in to return something. They explained at the service desk that it was a daily complaint yet the manager would not add staff to help. Plus, he lets more orders come in then they could handle on a daily basis. 
About 7 o'clock the security vehicle stopped and he explained to Tom we could stay until the store closed but overnight parking was not allowed. Luckily he was able to direct us to a parking area across the way where we would be able to park for the night. So in the end it all worked out. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

We left our overnight parking space under grey skies and when we merged onto I-29 all we could see ahead was fog.

Sometime around 8:00AM we crossed the border
into Kansas. A new state for us.

On the western side of Kansas City. 
Surprisingly there is some consturction
going on this Sunday morning.
More pictures of the road

and sights ahead as we continue

to make our way south and west.

As the miles fell behind us the clouds disappeared

and blue skies were all we could see above us.

Then we can see a water tower with Pratt on it.
This is today's destination. 

Friends back in the UP who make the trip out to Albuqueque, NM each summer to spend time with one of their son's and his family told us about this County Park in Pratt. They thought we would like it and they were abolutely right. We ended up spending three nights here. 

Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6, 2020

After spending three nights at the Pratt County Veterans Memorial Park near Pratt, KS we are hooked up and ready to continue our journey.

This is a small park that is well mantained. For $15 dollars a night we had water and electric hookups and the use of a dump station. There are several long level graveled pull through sites available. It is a first come first serve park but at this time of the year there did not seem to be a lack of available space. If we come this way again we would definitely stop for one or two nights.

At this point we are about halfway to our desination. The rest of the journey will be in the next post.

We are glad you stopped by!
If you have time to leave a comment we would enjoy hearing from you.


  1. Fun to read this post and know you are on the road again. We love to travel the backroads as much as we can. That way you really get to see the country. Safe travels and enjoy New Mexico. And Arizona and everywhere.

    1. We agree traveling the backroads, when possible, does let us see more of our country. I truly do like slowing up and driving through all the small towns. One thing for sure is there are a lot of farms in this country both large and small.

  2. congratulations on your decision to continue your journeys to the southwest. Why not? Our families and friends that we leave behind will be fine. We try not to look back with regrets "we shoulda went", "why did we stay home?" and I'm very happy you two are moving on. We need to experience the lovely warm weather through your eyes this year!

    1. Thank you. One thing getting older makes you realize is just how fast time goes by. So after talking we knew we needed to stick with the retirement plan. We are well aware, this year more then ever, just how lucky we are to have this choice. It will always be bittersweet to leave children, grandchildren, family, and friends behind but that makes the time spent together even more precious. It saddens us to know we will not cross paths this adventure but at the same time as I read your blog I know you and Bill are embrassing a new adventure with a positive outlook. Take care and I cannot help myself from saying, stay warm.

  3. You did luck out with the weather! I drove that way twice and stayed at Elks Lodges. Some of the roads were terrible. Glad you made it so far safely. Enjoy your stay in New Mexico. Hopefully I'll catch up to you in Arizona in January.

    1. We would have to agree we were on some pretty bad roads. Considering how many constuctions zones we went through though we would have to say they are trying to keep them in better
      We would be hoping the same thing, to be able to cross paths at some point in January.

  4. Thanks for the update, we love to follow your travels. This Covid 19 thing has disrupted all of our lives. We sure hope for a better 2021. Safe Travels!

    1. Thank you. We are definitely hoping the same thing, a better 2021.

  5. Happy to read your family is doing well and nobody has been affected by the Virus. We also understand the feeling you get when leaving them behind. You want to carry on with your dream while wishing you could bring them all along to share it. Looking forward to your catch up posts along with future adventures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy living your dream.

    It's about time.

    1. We have been lucky that our family is doing well and no one seems to have been affected by the virus. It is always a little sad to say goodbye when we leave yet at the same time exciting to think of the months ahead. We are lucky to live in the age of such easy connection to those we love. Being able to see and talk to family is a blessing. You and Kathy take care. We will miss crossing paths this year and looking forward to the next time.

  6. That's a great blog! What a beautiful family you have! The grandkids are all growing so quickly! Looks like a great drive, you know we love the back roads as much as possible! You know we'll be seeing you this winter :)

    1. Thank you, Shirley. I know, it is amazing how fast grandchildren grow and change. For the most part the ride was really nice. There were a few bumpy areas that put our teeth on edge but then that is just part of all the I certainly hope we are going to see you two; we are counting on it. Hugs

  7. So great to hear from you again, and also great that you are back on the road heading for warmer weather.

    Nice pictures of your family! While I know how hard it is to pull up stakes and leave them behind I'm sure they are happy knowing you are both enjoying life and taking them along in your hearts :-)

    Us Canadians wish we could join you in the warmer weather but we will just have to live it through your blog.

    Safe travels.

    1. Thank you. I think most of the time our childrena and grandchildren are happy we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy our dream but there are the times they just want us to stay. I know one thing for sure being able to stay so easily connected and having the option of video calls makes it all a lot easier.
      I am just starting to get caught up with everyone and from what I am reading one thing comes through all our Canadian friends wish they could come down and enjoy the warmer weather. Yet at the same time I am seeing a theme, of this is a new adenture and we can handle it. Take care.