Roadtripping #20

We spent last night at the KOA in Union, Illinois, about an hour’s drive from where we have to return the RV.
It was another really pretty campground, although the bathrooms were probably the poorest we have seen on our trip so far. Even so, the water in the showers was hot and had good pressure, so I am not going to complain.

The road trip ends this morning with us delivering the RV back to Cruise America in Chicago. We have washed the outside, cleaned the inside and miraculously managed to get all our stuff into our suitcases again. I wasn’t convinced that was going to happen.

Roadtripping in the RV has been a fantastic way to travel the country and still feel that we have a “home” or, at least, our own space instead of living out of a suitcase and staying in a different hotel every night as we would if we had rented a car instead.
We’ve been able to do our own cooking, which has saved us a lot of cash and a lot of hidden calories.

This afternoon we fly to Houston. I’m looking forward to the differences in scenery there.
After all the stories and jokes I have heard over the years, I am keen to see for myself what Texas is like. George Strait may be biased, but I would like to think he is not entirely wrong about his home state. And if he is your typical Texan, then yes please.

Middle Of Nowhere #2

This is our last day in the RV.
We’re heading north through rural Illinois so that we can return the van to its owners in Chicago tomorrow morning.
After that, we join the “jet set” for the final week of the Bucket List Holiday.

One thing that has frustrated me in this part of Illinois is the almost non-existent phone/data access.
Has the internet even reached here yet?
Between the three of us, we use two different providers, and we drove for at least 90 minutes without being able to get any connection at all.
Surely in the 21st century, there’s little excuse for that.

Roadtripping #17

It has been a glorious morning in Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois.
Blue sky and sunshine are the order of the day. It’s perfect weather for travelling.

We are on our way north to meet with a friend from Missouri who is driving to a small town in Illinois to meet us there. I’m looking forward to seeing her again: it has been about five years since I last saw her.

There is a striking change in the landscape from Tennessee and Kentucky to Illinois.
Tennessee and Kentucky are very green and have pretty rolling hills that make lovely scenery.
Illinois is flat. Flat flat flat. Welcome to the prairies.

Oh! There are oil wells in Illinois!
I had no idea. There are lots of them, though.
There you go: I learned something new today.