Sunday, January 29, 2012

On the Road Again 1/27 - 1/29

On the Road Again 1/27. It's been 130 days since we have been on a trip in our Roadtrek. We did make monthly local trips to give the engine a workout. Now we are headed to TX, NM, AZ and Seattle. Last year we traveled 129 days in our RV.

First, a reverse On the Road Again......Ellie's sisters and brother came for a w/e of visiting and food 1-21 & 1-22.

Italian spaghetti was the food highlight. We are forever thankful to Phil's Mom for the secret recipe. (And the spaghetti bibs!). Our son & daughter-in-law also came for dinner.

A great time was had by all, but we missed our brother, Pat and his wife, Susan.

On the Road Again Friday 1/27 at 12:40 pm, a little later than hoped but we ARE on the road. We made our destination of St. Louis. Stayed at the Walmart in Eureka, MO. Good driving weather.

Saturday 1/28 we got to Van City, St. Louis at 8:30 as the gates were opened. We had the generator oil changed and filled up on propane. As we traveled I-44 through Missouri the farm girl in Ellie watched the fields change from farm land to limestone to vineyards and elevation of 1374 ft. and National Forest. Crossing into Oklahoma lots of cattle and one field had a cast of green. Thought is spring coming, but maybe it was a field of winter wheat???? The other field are "winter barren."

There is a disadvantage of traveling west in the winter. The sun is in the driver's face for a while.

When we traveled in the summer we didn't have that happened because we stopped before sunset. We stayed overnight at the Walmart in Bristow, OK. They must be expecting spring because they had stacks of potting soil ready for purchase.

On the Road Again Sunday 1/29. We attended Mass at St. Joseph. What a dynamic service and people. We had coffee and donuts and visited with many of the parishioners before we got on the way to Oklahoma City.

Since we were traveling through Oklahoma we made a visit to the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. Our grandson was born on April 19, 1995, the day of the disaster that shook that city and the U. S.

The street where the bomb went off is now a reflecting pond.

168 empty chairs, remembering those who died. 19 were children, there are shorter chairs representing the children. The chairs are on the land that was the Murrah Building. The first row represents those who were killed on the 1st floor, second row of chairs represents those killed on the second floor which was the children's day care. Really sobering.

Survivor Tree. A 90 year old elm tree damaged by the blast but is surviving, a testament to our human resilience.

Museum is very informative and moving.

Jesus wept. Memorial at Catholic Church across the street. The church's rectory was destroyed. 22 black pillars representing the 19 children and the 3 unborn children killed the disaster.

We are camping a few miles from Texas, at Red River Rv Resort, Thackerville, Ok.

Location:IL., MO. & OK.

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