Saturday, March 18, 2017

El Dorado to Hannibal MO

El Dorado is a pretty college town. After fueling up and cleaning the buggy windshield we hit the road again, heading east. 8C at 8:45 am.

Motoring across US54 through Kansas, the western prairie gave way to more fertile-looking ranchland, then to farm country. Clearly there is more water available towards the eastern side of Kansas. What we saw of Kansas looks pretty prosperous, and US54 was excellent.

It was a very pretty drive this morning, through rolling hills, ponds and creeks, with blooming daffodils, forsythia, red buds and blossom trees out. A lot of the fields were purple with what seemed to be a planted ground cover:

The rest of the day was spent drifting northwest through Missouri. Another very pretty drive, a lot of it through part of the Ozarks. What a roller-coaster ride that was, up hills and down for many miles. Our van handled the hills with no problem, but we didn't see many big rig RVs through there, scenic as it is. Very little truck traffic too, maybe partly because it's Saturday? We waved to my cousin Steven as we passed by Joplin MO, only 60 miles to the south of us at one point. 

We're camped tonight in another scenic spot, the Hannibal Walmart. No, not really scenic, but convenient.

We think we have two pretty full (for us) driving days left before we're home. No marathon drives this trip I hope.

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