It is a windy day here in Durant. With thunderstorm warnings and chances of hail and heavy rain, and winds that would definitely cut down on mpg we decided it was easier to stay another day than fight that. I received notice on my phone a short time ago that we are under a tornado warning until 8 or 9 p.m. We'll keep an eye on the weather but the clubhouse bathrooms would provide good shelter in case of a storm and they are quite close.
We got around this morning and headed to the clubhouse to say our goodbyes to those that are leaving today. Larry Keever, Oklahoma Heartland Chapter Leader, caught us and said I want to show you something. He had a magazine "Better RVing.com". It had a picture of a Heartland RV identical to our floor plan. He is the same gentleman who stopped to see if they could look at it yesterday afternoon with his wife. He was looking through the magazine this morning. When he seen the floor plan, he told us he wondered where have I seen this before and then he realized it was our rig!
Bob Curry a member of the Texas Heartland Chapter wanted to get our picture for the rally information they will have posted so we posed for that. We were the only couple he had failed to get (you don't think we were hiding - do you?).
Then we visited with Jay Coffman for awhile. Jay is the Regional Director for Heartland Midwest area and is over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas states (and maybe some others). We visited about getting an active Kansas group started as they currently do not have one. Not sure I want to take anything like that on but something to think about down the road. We do hope to attend more rallies. We have had a good time and met some really nice folks. Oklahoma has a fall rally in Thackerville, OK at another casino. They told us their RV Park is as nice as the one we are in and it is only $20 per night for the special rally rate. This one is $25. But with full hookups, cable TV and Internet it's a pretty good deal.
Once we got back to the rig it was about 10:30 or so. I got on line to see if the casino had any good restaurants. WOW - they had about 8. Gilly's had burgers so we decided to go over and have lunch and get our $10 free play card. The 1/2 bacon burger and fries were great. We shared one so that was a pretty reasonable priced lunch. Afterwards, I went to a $.01 machine to play and Dean left to find a $.25 machine or something that would pay a bit more. I got up a bit (as much as you can on a $.01 machine) and cashed out with just shy of $5. You have to use the money they give you on your player's card - you can't just cash it out. Once I had my $5 cash voucher I went to find Dean. He had just cashed out with $41. I gave him my tickets and said here play this and see what you can do. He found another machine and got it up to $14. I told him to go ahead and play but not to go below $10. All in all when we cashed out we had won $51. That will pay for tonight and tomorrow night's campsite. What a deal!
We left and took a bit of a ride around Durant. I tried to get some pictures of the horse statutes they have downtown but that didn't work and Dean wasn't too thrilled about driving around the block AGAIN, so we came on back. We are going to eat at an Italian restaurant tonight with the remaining club members who stayed over another day. They are leaving at 5:00 p.m.
Once we get back from dinner, we will go ahead and get everything ready to leave with hopes of pulling out by 9:00 or so tomorrow morning. We are taking a different route, going slightly west of Ft. Worth down 281. It's a tad bit further but no heavy traffic and will be all new scenery. We talked to Matt a short while ago and he has paid for our spot at Ft. Hood RV Park so we have a spot to go tomorrow. We'll meet Megan and she'll go with us to the base so we can get our temporary pass to come and go as needed. It is a very reasonable rate as well and again has full hook-ups. It's the closest place we could find to their house and the price is the best we could find as well.
Just a quick note about dinner. We ate a La Roma. Dean and I both had chicken fettucine. It was some of the best we have ever had. Their rolls were also very good. We had a wonderful time visiting. We have really enjoyed our time at the rally. Everyone was so nice and very helpful. We look forward to running into our new friends on the road with Bentley.