Roadtrip: Georgia to Arizona, Day 4

Yucky weather

Yesterday we woke up to really yucky weather in the Oklahoma City area. We were staying at the KOA located about where you see Midwest City on this map. We decided to wait until the rain stopped to start our travels since we were only going about 200 miles.

The alternate route is highlighted in blue.

Kevin, one of the employees at the KOA gave us an alternate route to get around Oklahoma City. Last fall when we were on our way back to Georgia, going through Oklahoma City on I-40 was a torture for us and for our RV. The road was really bumpy and full of cracks and holes. I think Kevin said they are working on it now, so it is also under construction. The alternate route was a dream compared to that ride on I-40. To get a bigger picture of the route to print out, click here.

Crocheted washcloths

This is what I have been doing to keep myself busy on this trip. I love the feel of crocheted cotton washcloths, so I have been making them. I can make about one a day. I’ll be putting some for sale in my online store as soon as we get to Arizona.

Wildflowers blooming

The last couple of times we came this way, it was still cold and wintry looking. This year, though, warmer spring weather has us looking at wildflowers blooming along the side of the road and in the fields.

Cows. Lots of Cows

We’re seeing lots of cows in the fields, too. This was in western Oklahoma about five miles before the Texas state line.

Texas!

We crossed over the Texas state line, and only had 13 more miles to go. We are staying two nights in Shamrock, Texas. We love Shamrock, even though it is just a tiny town. We stop here every time we travel from Arizona to Georgia and back, mosyly because we love Big Vern’s Steakhouse. Last night was no exception. As soon as we got ready for dinner, we headed over there. I had a filet mignon, and boy was it ever delicious!

Downtown Shamrock

Today we’ll go into town and buy some groceries, and see if we can find a thrift store or an antique store to look around in. Tomorrow we’re headed to New Mexico.

Mean sky in Texas

There was a threat of severe weather posted by the weather service, but it never rained here last night. What a relief that was. I will leave you with this: Fabgrandpa showing off his biscuits!

Fabgrandpa showing off his biscuits!

Roadtrip: Georgia to Arizona, 3rd day

I-40 in Arkansas

Sleeping in and getting a slow start to the day was just what we needed. We only traveled 250 miles today, and ended up in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City East KOA for the night.

There wasn’t much going on today, just Fabgrandpa driving and me crocheting, and every now and then taking some pictures. He let me know when we got close to the Oklahoma state line so I could get a picture:

Rolling in to Oklahoma

We stopped at the welcome center to rest a bit, and get a weather report. Thunder storms are expected tonight, and I am hoping they go south of us.

At the welcome center

Fuel stops were easier on us today. I don’t know if it is because of all the reservations in Oklahoma or not, but diesel is $3.899 cash, and $3.919 credit here. We’ll make sure to fill up before we get into Texas tomorrow. We saw these cute barbecue grills at one fuel stop today:

Barbecue grills for sale at a fuel stop

I also spotted this home made RV:

Unusual RV we spotted today

Tomorrow is going to be an even shorter day, because we want to stop in Shamrock, Texas for a couple of nights. We’re looking forward to going out to eat at Big Vern’s Steakhouse there. We’ve been doing really good this trip, eating all of our meals so far in the RV. I’ll refresh our salad fixings in Shamrock, too, so we can continue to eat at home. This is actually the first trip we have made in our 12 years of RV’ing that we are doing most of our meals “at home”. Cracker Barrel really adds up and gets expensive!

Tripping Again V

That's a sunRISE, y'all!

Yesterday started really early.  We were up before dawn, and it was cold out there! On the road by 7:00 a.m. and into Oklahoma before breakfast.

Oklahoma City just before noon means we beat the lunch time rush

 

Oklahoma City

We went through Oklahoma City, and almost to Arkansas before we stopped for the day. The Arkansas River was especially beautiful to us, as we have been in Arizona for the last six months, where it is unusual to see water sources:

The Arkansas River

And although I love that my bank can see unusual activity on my ATM card and will shut it down until they hear from me, it makes it hard to fuel up when they do that. That phone call to be on hold for an automated system took me 15 minutes, then another 10 minute wait for them to re-activate my card. Sheesh. You’d think if they could see “unusual activity” that they would see it was charges for “campground” “fuel” “campground” “fuel” “campground” “fuel”…..

We spent the night at the KOA in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. We have stayed here before–it is nice and quiet, and has long level pullthrough sites. Not a bad place to end the day. Now for today’s RV Minute:

What The Heck Was That?

When we arrived in Shamrock, Texas on Thursday, we had already decided to stay three nights. We were ahead of schedule for our destination of Flagstaff, and we needed to buy two new tires for the trailer. The tire store here in Shamrock treated us so well last fall that we decided to give them our business again. So, when we checked in at the West 40 RV Park, we signed up for three nights.

Thursday evening, the wind got up. I mean, it REALLY got up! It was blowing 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Our trailer was not only rocking, it was swaying back and forth. The windows by the dinette were being sucked open, then let go so it seemed like they were flapping wings, trying to take the trailer off into flight! It blew the tonneau cover open on the truck. I was afraid to cook for fear the pots would slide off of the stove!  I was thinking that not even one of those heavy duty awning tie down straps would help in that kind of wind. These high winds went on like that until around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, when just as quickly as it started, it stopped.

While this was all going on, I thought about those windmills we passed in Oklahoma on the way here Thursday. I could just imagine them spinning like a child’s pinwheel in those high winds. I wondered if they ever broke off and took off across a field? A google search found this one, that happened in Denmark. While it didn’t actually spin off across a field, it did break and cause damage. Wow!

Oklahoma In One Day

Okay, so maybe Oklahoma in two days, if you count that we spent the night in Sallisaw at the KOA. We got on the road around9:30 a.m., and passed the time listening to some blues CD’s and talking. We do our best talking while we are riding down the road, so I guess it’s a good thing we like to do that.

There is not much to see in Oklahoma. It’s pretty flat and rural, except for Oklahoma City where there is so much traffic it makes me feel like I’m going to throw up. We arrived in Shamrock, Texas around 5:oo p.m., just in time to have the BEST ribeye steak ever at Big Vern’s Steakhouse. Here is some of the countryside in eastern Oklahoma for your viewing pleasure, accompanied by Blind Mississippi Morris on the CD player:

Going To Alabama Day V

Sunrise in Shamrock Texas

As you can see from the photo of this beautiful SUNRISE, that mean old FabGrandpa made me get up before the sun came up today. What the heck is up with THAT? I’m on vacation, I think!  We left the West 40 RV Park in Shamrock right after 8:00 a.m. so we could go to town and buy a tire to replace the one that blew out yesterday. C & H Supply was right off of Hwy 66 in downtown Shamrock. They sell tires, feed, and some sort of deterrent for horn flies.

C & H Supply

The guys at C & H got our tire mounted and put one in about 30 minutes. $125 later, we were on our way. We went about three blocks down the road to 66 Shop, a diesel repair shop the guy at C & H recommended to FabGrandpa. Although we had the fuel hoses changed and a new fuel pump installed in Kanab less than a month ago, we still had a fuel leak on the truck. Butch at 66 Shop came out to the truck, which we had to park on the street, and fixed it for us. The top of the fuel filter was loose, he tightened it up, and did it for no charge. What a guy!

Butch and FabGrandpa

Gotta love small town America! Shamrock, Texas, on I-40 & Route 66, population 2029.

Shamrock, population 2029

And so, we finally got out of town at 9:17 a.m., new tire, fuel leak fixed, headed into Oklahoma.

gaaahhhh! been up HOURS already!

And I know you can’t see this much, but that is the Welcome To Oklahoma sign. The sun was shining right behind it, so the photo didn’t turn out very good,  but trust me, that is it.

Oklahoma state line

This is Oklahoma, just across the line. It looks a lot greener than Texas, that we just left. Also, Oklahoma has some rolling hills. I always thought Oklahoma was flat as a pancake. I guess I was wrong about that.

greener grass in Oklahoma

Just some scenery in Oklahoma:

A cute little farm house

Some cedars on the road side.

And suddenly, we were in Oklahoma City. Lots of cars. Big buildings, Too much traffic. Ahhhhhhh! I have forgotten what it was like to be in so much traffic.

Oklahoma City

But we made it through, and out the other side intact. The next big city we encounter will be Memphis, on Monday. Not looking forward to that at all. Here’s some more of Oklahoma City:

lots more traffic than I am accustomed to

We ate lunch at Cracker Barrel somewhere east of Oklahoma City. When we got back on the highway, it was under construction for several miles. They had closed one whole side of I-40, and routed the traffic onto the lane next to us, going the other way. That always scares me because it looks like those big trucks are coming right at us!

road work on I-40

We decided to call it a day in Sallisaw, Oklahoma instead of going all the way in to Ft. Smith. It was only another 38 miles, but it was getting late and we just wanted to get off the road. The KOA here is pretty nice–the spot we got was really level, too.

Sallisaw KOA

I was surprised that as late as it is in the season, the leaves haven’t fully changed here. This maple is about half way.

a maple tree at the KOA

Caught the sunset here in Sallisaw. Yep, before sun-up, til after sun-down. That FabGrandpa is a slave driver!

Sunset in Sallisaw

I had a great video of a wind farm but I couldn’t get it uploaded to You Tube. If I can get it up there tomorrow, I will post it later.