Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:  Pin Oak Creek Campground, Union, Missouri

August 9, 2019

Temperature 92 Degrees

Travel Day

It was with a true twinge of sadness that we continued packing to leave D and W Lake Camping.  The few short days we had been here had been good for our souls.  It was not any one thing that you could put your finger on but rather the overall atmosphere.  Mat, the owner was terrific to talk to and always concerned about making your stay a great one.  We met another couple who were traveling the country in a 1998 Bounder.  It was fun sharing traveling stores and stories about life on the road.  Then there was the ever present view of the lake.  But it was time to go.

This morning we pushed a bit in order to get out by 9 am.  Why so early you may ask?  Don’t laugh, but we wanted to be off the road in time to watch the final of the Teen Challenge on Jeopardy!  Which almost didn’t happen any way.  More on that later.

At 9 am we were on our way.  The roads this stretch were absolutely fantastic.  They were smooth, level and devoid of traffic.  The miles just seemed to fly by.  I knew that before we got around St. Louis we were going to have to stop for gas.  I planned this one all wrong, however.  I came into a pump believing that there was a way out around the back.  It sure looked like it.  It was not to be.  Time to disconnect Little Graybeard, get Graybeard turned around, hook up Little Graybeard and off we went.  Ah well, I needed the practice -NOT!

Then we saw it and knew we were getting close to St. Louis which meant we were getting closer to our new home for the night – The Gateway Arch.


Getting around St. Louis even on major highways was the only white knuckle part of the trip.  It seemed like every road was under construction, the lanes were super narrow and traffic had really picked up.  So I did what I always do, take my time, stay in the right lane and let the rest of the world fly by on the left.

Through St. Louis and about thirty minutes later we were at our exit.  A couple of quick rights then a left and we were at the entrance to our new home.


The road in


Office and registration.


Here is our new home.  A nice, clean camp ground.  We have a back in site, hard gravel, perfectly level, shaded but extremely tight.  It’s like we’ve gone from the wide open spaces of the prairie to an apartment in the Bronx.  I can’t even put the patio awning out because we are only about 3 feet from a tree!   Thankfully, the sun will track across the back of Graybeard.


Our row


Remember we wanted to watch the final Teen Challenge show on Jeopardy?  I’m sure you can see the trees all around us?  Well, I saw a small window in the trees in the back and figured it’s worth a try.  So I got out the table, plopped Gertrude on it and went in to see what would happen.


Success!  It locked on to one satellite and that was enough.  No shows in HD, all in SD but we have shows and that is the important thing.  Yes, we got to watch Jeopardy.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  I don’t know if I can ever say it enough but we truly believe we are blessed.  We have a great rig, we have each other, and we’re getting to travel and see this great country of ours.  Thank you Lord for the all the blessings we have and continue to receive.

No, I haven’t forgotten the Studebaker National Museum.  I promise we’ll finish it tomorrow.

Thanks again for joining us today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!



  1. Well today was a success. Safe trip and you saw Jeopardy. Life is good. When we travel we have a NEXT EXIT book which tells us if the stations are RV friendly. It’s a good book with lots of info.


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