We left Memphis early Friday morning. It was a nice day to travel except for the wind. We were getting just 5 miles per gallon because of all the wind resistance. When we were hauling the motorcycle on the lift we would get 8 mpg or a little over. Since we have started pulling the Jeep a little over 7 mpg is the best we can do.
Had a little slow down coming into St. Louis. We want to get into the campground early this afternoon because we plan on getting to the 69th Annual St. Louis Square & Round Dance Jamboree later on this evening.
It’s a good thing we waited until Friday to travel. Our route was flooded shut on Thursday, all was good on Friday. We did see some major flooding around Cape Girardeau, MO when we came through there, but all in all we didn’t see as much flooding as we expected. The Mississippi River is definitely up.
I know we aren’t all the way back in Indiana yet, but I’ll go out on a limb and say our trip back this year has been pretty good. We’ve been lucky to get into good campgrounds and avoid the really bad weather. We haven’t had any major coach problems. We are going to have to look for a trim piece around one of our headlights, the wind blew one off on Friday. We heard a noise when it came off, I thought it was inside the coach and got up to see what had shifted – everything looked secure. Greg thought the sound came from a passing tractor trailer. When we stopped at a rest area for lunch we saw what the problem was. We also got a ding in our windshield, a truck passing in the opposite direction threw a rock. I could see it coming and just prayed it would only ding and not shatter.
The campground where we stay when we are in the St. Louis area is at the Casino Queen Casino which is actually in East St. Louis, IL. If trains bother you it might not be the campground for you since one runs right next to the campground. It does run rather late, but we stay up until midnight usually so it doesn’t create any problem for us. Also, if you plan on staying here, don’t rely on your GPS to get you all the way here. It will get you off the interstate correctly, but from that point on be sure to watch for the casino signs. It is correct until it tells you to make a left turn on Continental Grain Road. There is a right turn at a stop light to get you on the road where you can turn on Continental Grain Road that the GPS misses. There is a casino sign for the right turn so watch for it.
We got to the Jamboree on Friday night in time to dance from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. We went back on Saturday right after lunch to take advantage of some workshops. We took a break to watch a workshop for round dancers. The crowd was a little sparse here. This room was filled with square dancers from 7:30 to 10:30 on Saturday evening. What a great time. They had dance halls for beginner dancers, plus dancers and advanced dancers. We are plus dancers, which is where most people are. The callers on Saturday were speedy callers so you really had to be paying attention.
Today we are resting, doing some laundry and watching the NASCAR race – go Dale, Jr.!!
We are leaving here Monday morning heading to Indiana. We’ll be spending at least our first two weeks in Indiana at Timberline Campground just outside of Chesterfield.