Again I heard Dave's voice saying "You can do this Smeal, you can do anything you put your mind
After dumping my tanks and doing a walk around I eased Izzy out onto the road and decided to take a lesser road to the highway. It turned into a one-way lane, big mistake! Thank goodness no one was coming the other direction. It by chance took me back around to main road I came in on. Didn't save me one bit of time, but sure was pretty.
I decided to take the northern route home across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri to
I made it across Pennsylvania with no problems at all. I had done it! Driving the Pennsylvania Turnpike was a breeze. Even going through the tunnels was kind of fun, there were two long tunnels I had to go through. The Pennsylvania countryside is beautiful. Lots of farming communities and little burgs down in valleys. It reminded me of Norman Rockwell paintings.
I stayed two days at the Fox Den Acres RV park in New Stanton, PA due to bad weather. This is a very nice family oriented RV park that had just open the
|Long level spots, but storm|
moving in fast in background
|The Camp Store and Office|
day I arrived for the season, lucky me.
I then drove almost through Ohio and found the Dayton KOA in Brookville, OH This is a beautiful facility and very family oriented, but very expensive for a one night stay. Managed to camp next door to some fellow Oklahoman's who were heading east to see relatives. You meet the nicest people out on the road.
The next day I carried on to Effingham, Il to Camp Lakewood Campground. A Good Sam Park. This is a very peaceful park and quite beautiful with a lovely
|Rig of the fellow Oklahoman|
As I got back on the road the trees were greening up the further I headed west and the Red Bud trees were in bloom.
|One of the many outdoor |
twin theaters I saw
The next night saw me in Springfield, MO at the Timbercrest RV Park. I would not recommend this park. Tick city! This park was not kept up. Also I experienced one of the worst storms ever there with 60 mph winds and their storm cellar was filled with water. Tornadoes were to the west of us. I had to pull
|Bad winds and storms through Springfield, MO|
I was glad to get back on the road and headed toward Tulsa, OK and my brother. I made good time and got there around 5 p.m. and got hooked up at the Mingo RV Park, a Good Sam Park. I had dinner with my brother and his family. After dinner I headed back to find the inside of my RV flooded with water. I forgot to put the ice maker water hose outside of the RV. I got every article of clothing, towels, anything
|One of the many tree carvings in the park.|
|Tick bite, took months to|
The next morning I left bright and early on the final leg of my journey. Home was in sight. I gassed up and found my way to the Turner Turnpike and turned Izzy's nose southwest and headed home amongst the lush green trees and grasses of Oklahoma. Soon I pulled onto my street, but before I could pull into my driveway I had to unhook Libby from Izzy.
We had made it home with only one mishap but intact and safe. I had done it! I had put Mind over Matter and proved to myself that I could handle Izzy on crappy roads, construction zones, in suspect winds, truck traffic, gas stations and backing up when necessary. I could hear Dave now..."Well done Smeal, Well done."