It’s so nice to wake up early and see that the car is almost fully charged. I took a shower and headed out by about 7:00. I had planned a stop in Stanton, MO, but I was topped up and that was only 30 miles away. Seemed silly so I just drove on to Springfield, MO KOA, almost 190 miles from Pacific. I arrived at about 11;45 with only 48 miles in the car. I’m here for a while. My next stop is Joplin, MO, and since I am charging so early, I might be able to make it further, but there don’t seem to be any RV parks with cabins. There is one KOA outside a casino. I stopped there on the way. I could get there late, and go inside with my computer, and eat a late dinner, and just hang out for a while. Then I would have to sleep in my car for a few hours before a long day to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and west to Elk City I think. You do get to know distances doing this !!
I arrived at Joplin at 5:15pm, the earliest check-in ever ! If only there was a cabin at the next KOA, I could go on.
I put my sleeping bag and laptop into the cabin on the lake. At this lake there were ducks, including one with 13 brand new little fuzzy chicks.
I decided to eat pretty early. I asked the woman at the office where to go. She said there were fast food places nearby, but the only place with a waitress was the truck stop across the road. I walked over there and into the most amazing truck accessories store on the planet !! There was an 18-wheeler inside, and another bright green and chrome cab at the entrance. There was a whole wall of lights for the back of a truck, and they were all lit up ! Amazing place !
So, i went into the “sit down” restaurant, past the smoking section to the non-smoking section, and sat down. The menu was full of stuff that doesn’t grow anywhere near Joplin, MO, so I decided on the special, the chicken pot pie. It came with a salad. The waitress said I was free to use the soup and salad bar. I asked if they had wine and the girl looked at me like i was crazy, “but we do have lemonade!” I ate my meal and walked back past the combination drive-up liquor store and fireworks store. Sounds like a good idea….
I had a TV in the Kabin, so I watched some old Modern Family episodes and a couple of Pawn Stars and went to bed.