Indianapolis, IN and Onandaga Cave SP, MO
We got involuntarily disconnected last night from our Internet lifeline. I was online Sunday night from our stop in Indianapolis, but busy enough catching up on work that I didn’t have a chance to update the blog. At the end of the day Monday, we landed in a hollow deep in the heart of Missouri where cellular signals do not penetrate. No calls, no Internet.
That’s not such a bad thing once in a while. But I did get a bit behind in posting, so here’s the rundown of the past couple of days.
The major story is all the fun we’ve had to leave behind in the rush to get to Springfield by Tuesday. Departing Kooser State Park in Pennsylvania, I was horrified to find that we were a mere 20 miles from Fallingwater, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house. Our schedule didn’t allow us to visit (being a fan of architecture and lately of F.L. Wright, I could have easily spent a full day there). I made a note to visit on the way back.
Through West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana, I kept seeing fascinating little roadside stops … and passing them by, reluctantly. This is NOT the way we usually travel. We usually take our time, averaging no more than 200 miles per day when we’re in a rush. On this trip, we’ve logged an average of 300+ miles per day.
Finally, we went through St Louis today and I could not pass up the Arch. There is parking for RVs nearby, if you can find it, and the Arch (and its associated museums within) are well worth the stop. We didn’t have the two hours necessary to visit the top (one hour of waiting in line, one hour for the roundtrip), and it was a humid 95 degrees outside, but still it was a great break from the monotony of endless driving along I-70.
Oh, all the great spots we missed along the way! Little shops that make local cheese, wineries, flea markets, museums, waterfalls, riverwalks, historic districts, factory tours … On the way back home, I expect we’ll correct this. We are now – if you didn’t know – full-timing in Vintage Thunder, and as a result we will have less schedule pressure and hopefully more time to sit still and explore an area when we get to it.
Our stop Monday night was Onandaga Cave State Park. Missouri is riddled with caves, but this state park caught my eye as both a convenient stop before the home stretch to Springfield, and a nice place to spend one last quiet night before the bustle of a major rally.
We weren’t disappointed. Five stars for Onandaga Cave SP! The park is in a beautiful hilly forest miles from any traffic noise, the facilities are brand new and well maintained, there are a variety of great campsites, the showers are superb, there’s a laundry with a few trusty Speed Queens rumbling, amphitheater talks on weekends, hiking, and guided tours through two caves. The only negative is the total lack of cellular phone service (there is a payphone), and I’m not sure that’s really a negative anyway.
This blog entry is being posted while we are driving the final three hours to Springfield. As per normal rally procedure, we are arriving “empty and full” meaning black/gray tanks dumped and the fresh water tank full. Although the rally sites are supposed to have water, we’ve often found that we have to rely on our own for a day or two. And I don’t think we get a pump-out until Friday … they tend to treat that information like a state secret at these events.
The blue tape solution for the freezer door is working well. Each day has been hot and humid, and the interior of the trailer has soared to 100 degrees or more. Despite this the freezer has stayed between 0 and -2 degrees F. So now that we’re sure they won’t melt, we got brave enough to pick up some “novelty treats” at Wal-Mart (where else?) for a future hot and sticky evening.
We have extended the blue tape solution to a few cabinet and closet doors that keep opening in transit too, so now the interior looks like it is being prepped for painting every time we travel. If I have time at this rally, I’ll fix the problem doors. Most just need an extra pop rivet or two in their hinge attachment to stabilize them.
We’ll be posting daily from the rally site starting Tuesday. I’ll also get some pictures ASAP.