Category Archives: Indiana

Military Museum Tour and Cracker Barrel Camping Again

May, 10, 2014 – Saturday

We left Cracker Barrel at 10 am, first stop was gas. Seems like we get gas a lot, but we like to keep the tank topped up when we can. I’ve been keeping track of all the gas fill ups, and plugged those numbers into a gas mileage app on my phone, that calculates miles per gallon for you. We are getting an average of 10 to 11mpg. The best was 13.12 mpg and the worst was 8.85 mpg.

Next we went to Best Buy to buy a new car phone charger. The one we had stopped charging.

At 10:45 driving on I-70 we passed the “Welcome to Illinois” sign.

At 11:30 we saw a billboard advertising a historical town just off the freeway. Sounded like a good potty break stop and a chance to walk around. The town is called Greenup on The Historical National Road, also called US 40. Parked on the street next to a grassy park, which the dogs loved. While there, a lady walking to her car stopped to talk to us after seeing the RV. She was very proud of her little town and started telling us about it. She said there was a really nice military museum we should see. We said ok, so she went back to her car to get the key. Apparently, she is in charge or a volunteer of the place to have the key. We got the dog stroller out then walked down the street passing little shops she would point out.

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It was a nice old building with a lot of displays. I took a photo of Bill next to the uniform he wore in the Marines. I saw a Navy uniform that reminded me of my dad in his uniform photos. We stayed about fifteen minutes, signed the guest book and put some money in the donation box. We thanked Margaret for the private tour, then walked down the other side of the street.

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We went in a couple of the antique/gift shops, then headed back to the RV and back on the freeway.

We are getting really close to St. Louis, Missouri. I don’t want to get there till tomorrow, so we stopped at 3:30 in Troy, Illinois at another Cracker Barrel. St. Louis is where we will pick up Route 66 towards home. I haven’t been able to pick up any information about St. Louis or even Route 66 on the trip yet. I needed an evening to go online and see what to do tomorrow. Chances are, the big city will freak Bill out and he will want to get out of there fast, so I’m probably planning for nothing. 🙂

Bill still isn’t feeling good. He is slowly getting better, but isn’t there yet. I’m hoping the extra day will make him feel better before we start Route 66.

This Cracker Barrel has RV parking in the back, so cars aren’t coming back here to park in the RV spots. We did have a truck pulling a horse trailer park next to us, while the two cowgirls went in to Cracker Barrel for dinner. One kept kicking his stall while they were gone. I think he wanted out.

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I walked Chica around the restaurant a few times, trying to wear her out. She has a lot of energy, and misses being able to run free, without a harness and leash, like she does at home.

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The Dogs Get a Manicure, Rain and We Are Now In Indiana

May 9, 2014 – Friday

I thought Bill might need another day of rest when he woke up this morning. He still isn’t back to “normal”, but he said he felt better and wanted to get on the road. I dumped the tanks yesterday, so all he needed to do was unhook the electric and water. I got the inside ready to travel while he left in the rental car to gas it up and drop it off at Enterprise. I left the campground at 9:15 and he was standing outside waiting for me when I got there. We got on the I-70 heading WEST.

Gassed up the RV and entered Indiana at 11:30. We are mainly traveling on I-70, and occasionally on 40 which ran parallel to the freeway.

We haven’t had the tires on the RV checked since we bought it in January this year. They are new enough, I just worried if they had enough air in them. The tires don’t have extension valves on them like my last RV, so checking the air pressure is difficult. When I saw a Discount Tires store, we pulled in. Most tire places I’ve found, which check the tire pressure for free. They had to take the hubcaps off the front tires to get to the valve stem, and they were both at 65 psi which was good. They don’t have the right “tools” to check the dully tires on the back, so will have to go to an RV place for those. Guess we also need to have extenders installed, so we can check the air pressure ourselves. Most tire blow outs are due too low tire pressure! Thanks Discount Tires for helping us.

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I saw a Petsmart, so we stopped to get Chica and Bella’s nailed trimmed. I just needed their rabies certificate and there was only a five minute wait before it was our turn.

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Of course I have to look around the store at the cute clothes and buy a small bag of Bil-Jac puppy food for Chica along with some wet to mix with it for a special treat for being such good girls getting their nails done.

Next we saw a Walmart and thought we might stop early for the night. I went in and bought groceries, but when I asked if we could spend the night, the manager said the city didn’t allow it. I hadn’t bothered to check the Overnightrvparking web site first, or I would have known that. It was 4:10 when we left there. I was tired from the long drive today, in the rain off and on, along with it being windy. I checked the website, before we left and our plan is to make it to a Cracker Barrel farther down the road.

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Windy and rainy drive.

We arrived at Cracker Barrel in Terre Haute, Indiana at 5:45 pm. I parked in one of the seven RV/Bus parking spots, then went inside to get permission to spend the night. The manager said yes, like I knew she would, but its still nice to ask. I got a cup of coffee to go then back to the RV to turn on the propane and start the refrigerator. For safety reasons, I prefer to drive with it off. The refrigerator will easily stay cold for 4-5 hrs, but long days like this, Bill’s sugar free Popsicles were a little mushy. 🙂

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I have a bone to pick with cars that park in the long RV/Bus spots! Notice even with a sign, cars always park in these long spots, instead of the normal size parking spots. While parked here for the night, I saw it happen over and over. An RV like mine or a truck with a trailer have no other places to park, except these 7 spots. I saw one RV drive thru when the long spots were all taken by short cars, and they had no place to park. I’m not sure if they left or parked someplace else. OK, I’m done ranting now. Just glad we were able to get a long spot.

Bill still doesn’t feel his old self and is sleeping. The dogs are sleeping too. This is a nice Cracker Barrel, with grass for the dogs just outside our door, and trees to give it a park like feel. We are close to the freeway, so it isn’t very quiet, but it doesn’t keep anyone here from sleeping I see. I had a salad I bought from Walmart for dinner. I’m saving calories because I plan to eat breakfast, my favorite meal, at Cracker Barrel in the morning. 🙂