Leaving my cousins home in Amarillo, driving to Cameron, Missouri. This would be a long day.
Back on the I-40 going east, a foggy morning with the tops of many sign vanishing from view.
This morning gloom would be hanging around for a while.
I believe someone had one too many and couldn't read a level.
Time to stretch my legs, last rest area before entering Oklahoma. The gloom is slowly lifting. This Texas stop has wifi and the place is very clean.
These wind generators weren't here the last time I came through this area.
Once in Oklahoma I made a stop at Cherokee to buy a shirt with a wolf on it for my wife and also bought a buffalo steak.
Traffic moved quickly through Oklahoma City on the I-40 and before long I was on the I-44 toll cruising pasted Tulsa.
Traffic was moving great till this point, it turned out to be hiway patrol slowing traffic down for construction that was 10 miles ahead.
Time for a break, along I-44 there are sveral picnic areas. It wasn't long before this place was jammed with truckers.
Back to the grind after lunch and a short nap. The more north I traveled the more green was seen.
Toll booths were easy in and out, It cost me 7.00 dollars for the entire I-44 toll road.
Even here there a McDonald's.
Another road project on I-44.
My GPS routing system took me off the I-44 the wrong way. I'd been having some problems with it altering my route without it being prompt to do so.
Getting turned around was a easy affair with my oringal turn off to SR71 in Missouri not too many miles away.
SR71 hiway is a fairly smooth two lane road heading to Kanas City.
Along with a lot of green landscape there are also some weeping rocks.
Sometimes during cross country travels one comes across some of those hiway oddity, like this giant mushroom.
I did see several trailers that were abandon not far from the hiway.
Off to the west was this very large single cloud creating a early sunset. I thought I was in for some more rain.
This cloud is really big, the closer I was to the darker the sky was becoming.
It took nearly 40 minutes to see blue sky again, even if would be for only a brief time.
Colors of light pink began to reflect off the distance clouds.
I found this to be interesting with the moon out and two whisper pink clouds framing it.
A closer look.
Reaching the outter area of Kanas City after night fall. I would be facing a rought ride through KC with narrow lanes and lots of road construction.
May07,2009. Cameron, Missouri.
The next morning its was cloudy with angry skys above. That's my oldest daughter, Karrin and her home.
We just lounged around today, it was a long haul yesterday, 700 hundred miles. Tomorrow my daughter and her girlfriend Michelle are taking me to Jamseport, not too far away.
Whats in Jamseport, a local art and craft show as well some Shakers live there.
Not seeing this way of life before, it seemed strange to me. Horse and buggie with tail lights.
A lot of old building in this quiet town.
Main street of Jamseport with its many gift shops holding unknown treasures
Two young ladies of the Mennonite faith selling their hand crafted goods.
A Shaker family enjoying the craft show.
Horse drawn flatbed.
One last spot to see before leaving Jamseport at the city park.
Karrin and Michelle in front of the Harris cabin.
On the way back to Cameron we discuss tomorrow activies of going to Kanas City Zoo.
Michelle telling the kids to settle down, they are excited about today's adventure to the zoo.
Here they are, three monkeys in a box.
Once in Kanas City a seconary road is taken that passes under this old bridge (1926)
Winding around and through a corridor of trees the road passes sveral small picnic area that are close to the creek.
Here we are, a nice lay out with parking areas split into seperate sections,lots of grass and trees. Being from Calfornia where you pay for everything, having free parking was great.