Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 19, 2017 - Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO; June 20, 2017 - Home Again, Home Again!

June 19, 2017 - Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO; June 20, 2017 - Home Again, Home Again!

June 19, 2017 

Our stay at the KOA in Terre Haute, IN was quiet.  Once we picked up our burgers at the restaurant we stayed in the rest of the evening.  I guess we were tired from all of the activities and the drive today.  

It was a nice cool morning when we woke up and we walked here in the campground, about 2 miles.  We really had a chance to see what a nice RV park this was and I took a lot of pictures to share.  If you had kids this would be a great place to visit for a few days as there is quite a few things for them to do.  Besides spots for RV's, they also have tent camping, large Tee-Pee's you can rent, cabins, and upgraded RV spots.  Here are the pictures I took of the area:

Little Village - it looked like they might have a small train for small guests but it may just be a prop.

Checkers and Chess

There are two small ponies/donkeys in this barnyard.

Covered bridge

Nice playground area

Dog Playground

Panning for Gold

Go-cart track


Nice conversation spot with firepit

One of the cabins for rent, includes table/chairs and firepit

Tee-pees for rent

Bentley in our spot

Upgraded RV spot with table/chairs and fire pit.

Another Rental Unit

Office area

Swimming Pool

Another shot of the go cart track

Hoosier Dadee Gem Mine  (where they mine for gold)

Entrance to Park

Even though the Interstate is just beyond these trees we had no idea we were this close.  Very quiet here.
After breakfast, we hooked up and we pulled out of Terre Haute KOA about 9:00 and pointed Bentley towards St. Louis, MO.  

This truck had a really long load on his trailer.  

Traffic backed up during road construction but fortunately it didn't last too long.

The Mighty Mississippi 

Different bridge than our trip to Indiana.

I love this bridge structure.

We have about a five hour day ahead of us but it was a nice easy ride, despite working our way around St. Louis - which went very well considering some of our past attempts at making it through this city.  We both breathed a sigh of relief and while we might have taken a little longer route we'll probably stick with this one in the future because it went so well.

We have a few grand-kids that would have loved to stop here at Six Flags!  Wish they were here!!

It was just another 40 minutes or so until we arrived at Robertsville State Park.  You might remember we stayed here on our way to Goshen as well.  We do like this park even though it only has 30 amp electric.  However it is in a very wooded area and fortunately the temperatures had dropped quite a bit and it was very comfortable with just the one air conditioner running.  

While we were at the Escapade Rally in Tucson we purchased grill mats for our Weber Q but we had never used them.  We decided we would try them out tonight and we fixed breakfast outside on the Weber.  Hash browns, bacon, sausage and eggs, plus biscuits in the cast iron skillet on the Weber as well.  It took a little bit to get it all done but it was quite good and the grill mat worked well.

I was exhausted this evening for some reason and could not keep my eyes open.  When we went to bed I had no problem going back to sleep either - that is unusual, but sure was glad I wasn't laying there wide awake.  

June 20, 2017 - Home Again, Home Again!

After our morning coffee Dean asked if I wanted to walk and of course I did.  It was so nice when we stepped out of Bentley, in the upper 50's.  What a nice beautiful morning to be outside.  We walked slightly over 2 miles, had our breakfast and then packed up for the last leg of our trip, back to Oswego.

I'm not sure if I have shared our window upgrade with you.  We won a gift certificate for $50 off a stained glass window for Bentley's door when we were in Branson - and this is what I chose.  I love it as I can now see out our window.  When the sun hits this in the evenings it makes for a beautiful site as well.

We love our new steps that we purchased from Lin while at the Heartland rally.  When we parked here before we had to have a step stool in order to reach our lowest step into the rig.  These are just perfect.  
Our drive today from Robertsville State Park to Oswego was very easy, but very long - over 6 hours.  Here are a few pictures I took along the way.

City of St. Roberts Water Tower
"St. Roberts Supports Our Troops"

Lebanon Water Tower
I love the bees!

I can't resist a great FLAG!

It was good to see Joplin, and then the exit for Downstream Casino - we knew we were almost home.  

We arrived home around 3:00 p.m. - and who did we meet as we rounded the curve into Oswego but my sister Cindy - she was waiting to turn into the RV Park my uncle owns here. I think we were as surprised to see her as she was to see it was us!

Once Dean parked Bentley in his spot at our home, we hauled most of our stuff inside so I could get started on laundry right away.  This is the longest I have ever gone without doing laundry - over 2 weeks.  I do not look forward to getting it all done but I'm going to make a dent in it tonight so hopefully tomorrow will go quickly.

Dean was a sweetheart and took me to "Mi Pueblo", our local Mexican restaurant tonight for dinner.  It was so good and most of all I did not have to cook after this long day.  Thank you honey!

So, we are here at home for awhile but we have some trips coming up the latter part of July-October so watch for new posts!

**I realized I forgot to insert pictures of the harness racing from last Friday so here are a few pictures from that as well as a picture of Lady E during the last class on Induction Cooking.

Nancy cheering for her rider!

Corbin & Flora's Jake (white dog) and Mike and Peggy's Molly (brown) were checking out the harness racing too.

Peggy cheering on her pick in the harness racing!

Lady E during the Induction Cooking Lifestyle Presentation!

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