We began our 9th consecutive travel day with St. Louis just 157 miles away. Yeah, I know, another 'strenuous' travel day, right? Well, it is what it is.....you still have to drive the miles and arrive without incident....that is the trick.
Rain was forecast for our starting location, Lebanon, MO by mid morning, so we decided to roll our wheels by 7:50 am and arrive at our destination for the day before the rain caught up with us. That's the thing about dry camping......all you have to do is turn the engine over and roll.....you don't have to roll up a water hose, disconnect an electric line, or finish dumping your tanks.....you just start the engine and go.
We were back on I-44 and rolling eastward within minutes. The route this day was full of big rolling hills....up and down we would go over and over again.....300' up.....300' down for 150 miles until we finally began our descent to the Mississippi River at 450' elevation. The interesting thing about St. Louis is that from here to New Orleans where this great river empties into the Gulf of Mexico you will only lose 450' in elevation over 658 miles.
We made just one stop with about 50 miles to go at a Rest Area for about 15 minutes to go to the bathroom, and stretch and then continued on to our destination.....the Oakville Elks Lodge on the east side of St. Louis. They offer just 6 back in RV sites with 20 amp electrical....total cost for four days.....a minimum $15 donation!
Since we had an extremely early start with only one stop along the way, we arrived at the Elks Lodge in Oakville, about 300 yards from the Mississippi, around 11:38 am....the lodge does not open until 2 pm on Wednesdays so we went about parking, and hooking up to one of the 20 amp plugs provided. TLE called her brother, Creig, about the time we arrived so while we waited for the lodge to open, and Creig to arrive I went about a few chores which included finally stowing the new hose I bought on Tuesday, and removing the brass male and female fittings from the old hose before discarding it into the Elks dumpster. By the time I finished with that Creig had arrived and we sat talking until the lodge opened. This is one of the most scenic Elks Lodges at which we have stayed on our journeys.....