Sunday, 13 April 2008

Leg 7 - April 13th - Eureka, MO to Terre Haute, IN

I went to bed earlier last night and slept later this morning. Boy, was I tired! So I got up at 7:15 a.m. instead of the usual 6:30 a.m. for a travel day.

The gist of this morning's conversation on deciding whether to stay another day at St. Louis:

Gordon: It's going to be 31F (-0.5C) here tonight (St. Louis) and 30F (-1C) in Terre Haute, IN tonight and 25F (-4C) tomorrow night.

Sandra: So it's only 1 degree difference between here and there. If the weather forecast is right.

Gordon: Yes, if they're right.

Sandra: It's raining.

Gordon (after looking out the door): It's only sprinkling.

Sandra: You wanted to get through St. Louis on Sunday.

Gordon: Right.

Sandra: Then, let's boogie!

So then we had to go and get fuel. At our exit off I-44 fuel was 4.12/gallon so we drove to the previous exit and got it for $3.87/gallon. Might have saved a few cents.

It was 9:50 a.m. when we left the St. Louis West KOA. It was rainy and 36F (2C). When we got on the bypass it started to rain harder and we even had some heavy flakes. It rained on and off for the whole trip but luckily when we reached Terre Haute, IN the rain was still behind us.

Crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO.

Here's the cross at Effingham, IL.

There's quite a bit more green in Ilinois than there was in Missouri.

We got checked in to the Terre Haute KOA (at $40/night) and since we both need a break but especially Gordon we decided to stay here 2 nights so the cost was nearly $80. Again a nice park but no clear view of the south, too many trees and although we're close to the office and the wifi is supposed to be park wide, Gordon can only reach it from the bedroom. Since my computer is newer I can reach it from the recliners. He's not happy about that. Again, a nice enough park but not worth the price.

We are in the area of covered bridges here in Indiana so here is the park's contribution.

Today we officially reached the east as St. Louis is the Gateway to the West and we also got back on Eastern time when we crossed the border into Indiana so we arrived here at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. With no satellite dishes it only takes about 1/2 hour to set up.

Here's the entrance to the campground.

After set up, I went around the campground and took a few photos. They have a little barn here with three miniature Cross donkeys so I had to go over and talk to the donkeys and take their photo.

Here's the view from our rear window.

Here's our site and some of the other sites in the park.

Other than that, the plan is to relax for the next couple of days and get back on the road probably on Tuesday.

For Gordon's web site, click here.

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