We had quite a treat last night. Jim Guld made a movie of many of the rally events. Those of us who were still at ABC gathered under the big top for one last evening together. It's like we just weren't ready to let go of the fun and friendships just yet. Chris Guld played a slide show of various blogs while Jim finished up the video. Once the video started, we laughed until our sides hurt. It was so fun to share those moments once again. Several people brought snacks to share, and I saw at least 2 bottles of wine under the tent, as well as other adult beverages. Linda brought out a couple of bowls of popcorn to enjoy while watching the movie.
This morning we were up and around by 7. We got the Castle ready to roll and then went around to say "See Ya Later" to everyone who was still there, including Howard and Linda, Joe and Sherri, Debbie and Bill, Leslie and Mike, and Jesse and Ginger. We missed a few who left earlier, so if we didn't get to say it in person, we sure enjoyed meeting you and wish you all safe and happy travels!
We decided to take 65 north back towards Springfield and pick up the shortcut southwest to I-44. We headed west on I-44 and ended up at a KOA in Tulsa for the night. We'd talked about going to Keystone Lake State Park, but with the rain and thunder storms, and the fact we'll only be staying one night, we decided to stop at a convenient place rather than drive over 20 miles out of the way. Hopefully there will be another opportunity to stay at the state park when we have more time to stay a few days or a week and really enjoy it. This KOA is right off Interstate 44, but we're at the opposite end from the traffic, so it won't be too noisy. We took a site that has just 30 amp electric and water, so it was only $25. That's what we would have paid for the state park, so it evened out. Our mileage today was pretty good. At one point we reached 8.9 mpg. We also found a place to top off the fuel at $4.499. We traveled 210 miles.
The rain had nearly stopped when we got here and set up. I was able to go out and walk the dogs before it let loose again. We have flash flood warnings for another couple of hours. With the rain, it took several resets on the Directv receiver before we got satellite tv to come in. There are quite a few local channels, so we have a choice.
Both of us are tired, and I suspect it will be an early evening. I didn't take any pictures today, even when we crossed the state line into Oklahoma. Just think of a road going along with lots of green on either side of the road, and of course, clouds and rain. That should give you a good idea of the scenery today!
It was hard to leave Branson and the new friends we've made, but I know we'll meet again, down the road!