After leaving the Checotah Flying J, we had a warmer sunnier driving day through northeast Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri. Incredibly, after taking over 7,000 photos this winter, I took zero on this day! Missed a few really good shots too, like the full-sized bald eagle perched atop a small, wobbly tree right alongside the highway near Muskogee. So strange to see one so close to the highway, on a much smaller tree than you usually see them in!
A few hours later, I was cruising along northeast of Tulsa and happened to look over at cattle grazing in a field. There was something a bit odd within the herd, though, and as I got closer, I recognized them as three full-sized camels! They were just grazing right alongside their bovine brothers as if it was just a perfectly normal thing to do!
But beyond those two momentary oddities, the day’s drive was fairly ho-hum. The Interstate routes through Missouri and Illinois are exceedingly familiar, and as a result, the vistas just don’t inspire me the way other places do!
We had an uneventful, quiet night at the Wal-Mart parking lot near Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and continued on to Chicago the next day. The only photos I took were out of sheer boredom in St. Louis as I sat in a long, slow-moving backup of trucks waiting to get onto the bridge across the Mississippi river!
I arrived back to my house after dark, pulled the Winnie (with Tracker still attached) right into the center of the driveway and parked. After over 3 months and over 5,000 miles, we were back to our “non-mobile” home again.
We will stay parked here for the next few months as I work to get the house listed and sold this summer. After that, the world is our oyster!