Long Haul Then More….

St. Louis Arch
St. Louis Arch
The Cross
The Cross

We had a good run on Saturday, April 18th from Branson to our next stop at Lakewood Campgrounds in Effingham, IL.  We traveled through St. Louis and by The Cross which is a landmark in Effingham.  The Cross is quite a site from the highway and looms even larger if you stop to take a closer look.  They even have a visitor center there that explains the construction and history behind it.  We had no rain and partly cloudy skies all day, but it was a 350 mile trip which is at the limit of what I like to travel in a day.  It took us almost 8 hours to make the trip, but we did stop a few times for breaks.  The campground is clean and well maintained with gravel sites and roads cut out among the trees.  Our site is a pull through and level.  It is a little different in that they pull each camper through in opposite directions so you share hookups with your neighbor on one side, and the picnic tables on the other side with that neighbor.  The camp is pretty empty now so I can’t really get a feel for whether or not I like this setup.  We are meeting my sister and part of her family from Oregon here to celebrate my mother’s 84th birthday.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone and visiting with my mother who moved to assisted living last year.

Rainy Day
Rainy Day
Sister, Cousin, Mom, Me, Liz, Nephew
Sister, Cousin, Mom, Me, Liz, Nephew

Well we got settled in and met the family for dinner at the farmhouse where my mother used to live, but is currently vacant.  Members of the family now use it to stay in when we visit.  It is still a working farm and the land is rented out to a farmer who plants and harvests the crops.  As the day progressed the skies started to darken and then…It CameMore Rain!!  I wish we could send some of this to California.  I think we have had rain for eight out of the last ten days. We will be here until Sunday the 26th and then we head to Nashville for an overnight on our way to Sevierville and the RV Dreams Rally.  Tomorrow, Tuesday the 21st we are heading to Nappanee, IN for a tour of the Newmar factory.  Since its a five hour drive we will spend the night and actually do the tour on Wednesday.  I have a million questions for them.  It is also Amish country so we might try to squeeze a little of the Amish culture into the trip too.

More about Newmar and Nappanee on Wednesday!

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