Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017 - On the Way to Goshen, IN - Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO

June 5, 2017 - On the Way to Goshen, IN - Robertsville State Park, Robertsville, MO

We pulled out of our driveway at 9:32 am to begin the first day of our travels to Goshen, IN in order to attend the 2017 North American Heartland Owners Rally.  This is our first Heartland National Rally and we are excited to attend.  We belong to the Oklahoma Chapter, that is part of the South Central Owners Group, which includes Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas.  When we joined the Heartland Owners Club (HOC) in 2014 there was not a Kansas Chapter.  We chose Oklahoma since we lived closest to that state, however you can attend any rallies and many of the Heartland group follow a rally circuit - whether limited to their region or anywhere in the US.  We had such a good time at the Escapade rally this year and expect this one will be just as fun.

Our drive today was pretty uneventful.  We did stop several times along the way not only for bathroom breaks but also so Dean could check the lug nus on the tires several times along the way. We recently had the tires on Bentley aligned so this was an important step to do each time we stopped.  We had no problems at all.  I have started taking advantage of these stops to get some extra steps in and try to walk around Bentley at least 3-5 times when Dean goes in to use the facilities.  I try to really step it up on these little jaunts.

We enjoyed listening to Willie's Roadhouse on Sirrus XM where we heard some really great old country songs. Glad no one could hear our singing!

I could not help but take this picture as we passed through St. Clair, MO where they have HOT and COLD water towers!

We noticed the clouds were getting a little dark as we neared the campground.  I hope we are not going to have rain tonight.  After the last two days of heavy rains at home we are ready for a little sunshine, however it is very humid today.

We stayed at this campground last September on our way home from New York.  At that time it was raining when we arrived and still raining the next morning when we left, so we were quite happy when these clouds rolled on past us with no rain spilled from them.

We arrived at the park at 3:01pm.  Once we were set up we drove a few miles down the road to refuel the truck with diesel, and then we took a little drive to Pacific, MO.  My Aunt Lil lived here many years ago.  I took a few pictures and it will be interesting to see if any of these are familiar to her.

I think there are real eyes inside of this thing!  I didn't notice it when I took the picture.

Downtown Pacific, MO

I love their banners!

A sign says there are model trains on display in this building.

Upon returning, we took a drive through the campground.  Since it was raining the last time we stopped here we didn't really get to see anything.
This is the boat ramp that leads to the Meramac River.

Our wildlife sighting for the day!

The campground is very wooded.

Our Site - #15

This is one of the tent sites - notice the nice wood platform where they can place their tent.

This is a double camping site.

Nice campfire setting, with the bathhouse located behind it.

When we returned to our camping spot we walked the loop around the campground twice and I was able to get in over 10,000 steps again today.  I've really been working on increasing my walking as well as a few other exercises to try and shed a few pounds.  It has not been easy.  Yesterday was our annual Blackledge-Duncan Family Reunion - we have too many good cooks in our family and even though I had over 13,000 steps yesterday it didn't begin to offset the food I ate - it was all so good!

Dean and I set outside for awhile but the mosquitoes ran me off pretty quick.  We grilled a couple of hamburgers for dinner, adding a bit of cottage cheese and chips.  Good quick meal!

Tomorrow we are headed to Kokomo, IN where we are going to try overnighting at Wal-mart, a first for us.  We'll see how that goes.  It could be the start of something great (I doubt it) or the last time we ever try it.  We have a pretty long travel day ahead of us tomorrow (340 miles) - which is very unusual for us.

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