In October, we plan on making our “victory tour.”
This will be our first real trip after retirement.
We plan on visiting Kansas City and Columbia Missouri to visit relatives.
We now have reservations for the trip, so our itinerary is getting firmed up.
Here are our current plans:
October 1: Leave Fort Worth and spend the night at Twin Fountains Resort in Oklahoma City.
Originally we had planned on driving to the Kansas City area in one day, but we have since decided to break that trip up.
If you look on Google it will say that the travel time is about eight hours.
My experience however is that when you add in time for fuel and bathroom stops and meals the elapsed time is closer to ten hours.
I also expect it to take a little longer pulling the travel trailer than it takes in a car.
An early start is also a little difficult with the travel trailer since we have to load up the trailer with supplies.
It takes about an hour to drive up to the storage lot, hook up the trailer and drive back home.
When you add an hour for loading the trailer, the total elapsed time is close to 12 hours.
I thought about parking the trailer in front of the house overnight.
That would allow us do most of the loading it the night before but I’m not sure that the refrigerator will run all night on the truck and trailer batteries.
I don’t want to plug the trailer in because the connection is on the left side so it would stick out in the street.
Another advantage of spending the night in OKC is that we might be able to see a second cousin of mine who lives there.
October 2: Leave OKC for Basswood Resort in Platte City, Missouri.
Platte City is not terribly far from Mandy’s sister Gerri.
Of my siblings in the area, my sister Amy is the furthest from Platte City but its only about an hour drive.
We have reservations for six nights.
October 8: Leave for Columbia, Missouri where we will my brother Brian and his family.
Our reservations are for two nights at Cottonwood Park in Columbia.
That campground has had mixed reviews, but there aren’t very many campgrounds in Columbia.
Brian and his wife Lisa adapted a daughter two years ago who we have never seen.
This visit is way over due.
We plan on leaving Columbia no later than Friday, October 9th since Mizzou has a home football game on Saturday, the 10th.
October 9: Leave for Branson, Missouri.
We have reservations at the Branson KOA for four nights.
The reason I decided on the KOA campground is that I’m thinking they may have the best laundry facilities and after a week on the road, we will probably need to wash clothes.
October 14: Leave for home.