We spent the first 14 days of October on our “Victory Tour.”
This was our first extended trip since our retirement.
We made four stops along the way:
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Kansas City area (Platte City), Missouri
- Columbia, Missouri
- Branson, Missouri
The primary purpose of this tour was to visit with relatives.
I won’t bore you with that portion of our trip, so this diary will be much shorter than you would expect for a 14-day trip.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We only spent one night in Oklahoma City.
The purpose of the stop was two fold.
First we wanted to break our drive from Fort Worth to Kansas City into two parts.
Secondly, we wanted to visit with a second cousin whom I hadn’t seen in a couple of years.
We stayed at the Twin Fountains RV Resort, which was quite nice.
You can find my review of Twin Fountains at http://chuck-brennaman.com/CampingBlog/?p=131
We had dinner at a very nice Mexican Restaurant.
Ted’s Café Escondido is located at 2836 NW 68th St in Oklahoma City.
The food was great and all dinners included unlimited free chips, salsa, four tortillas, and queso.
Dinners also include complimentary Sopapillas for dessert.
Kansas City Area
We spent six nights in the Kansas City area.
We camped at Basswood Resort in Platte City.
Platte City is just north of the Kansas City International Airport.
My review of this park can be found at http://chuck-brennaman.com/CampingBlog/?p=133
Most our time in K.C. was spent visiting relatives.
We did have lunch with one of my high school classmates at a Mexican restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.
If you like shopping, I would suggest a trip to the Plaza.
Some things to note the Plaza:
- The Plaza is an outdoor shopping area so dress for the weather.
- If you are driving truck, as I was, parking can be difficult. There are quite a few parking garages but they have low clearances and may be difficult to maneuver. I was able to park on the streets but I had to walk a distance.
- Some streets in Kansas City are designated as Boulevards, which prohibit trucks. Many streets around the Plaza are Boulevards. When I lived in K.C. over 20 years ago, the police were very strict in their enforcement and would ticket even half-ton pickups.
I highly recommend the World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial, which we visited.
There has been a museum here since the Liberty Memorial was built but in recent years they have greatly enhanced the museum.
From the Liberty Memorial you can get a great view of Union Station and the Kansas City skyline.
I usually try to get updated pictures of the skyline from there when I’m in town, there were low clouds and drizzle they day we were there.
Weather permitting you can also go up to the top of the Liberty Memorial tower which provides a great view on nice days.
We also visited Weston, Missouri, which is a pre-civil war town along the banks of the Missouri River.
For a list of things to do in Weston see the Weston home page at http://westonmo.com/?page=todo
If you have kids, I recommend Worlds of Fun which is an amusement park similar to the Six Flags franchise.
Worlds of Fun was built by Lamar Hunt shortly after he moved the Kansas City Chiefs (formerly the Dallas Texans) to Kansas City .
When we lived in K.C. we had season tickets to Worlds of Fun for several years and our entire family loved it.
We spent two nights in Columbia at the Cottonwoods RV Park.
My review of Cottonwoods can be found at http://chuck-brennaman.com/CampingBlog/?p=136
Once again most of our time was spent with relatives but we did drive around the Missouri University campus.
MU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi.
We spent four nights in Branson at the Branson KOA and Convention Center.
My review of the Branson KOA can be found at http://chuck-brennaman.com/CampingBlog/?p=143
While we didn’t visit any relatives in Branson we did join Mandy’s college roommate and her boyfriend for a lunch cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.
The meal was excellent and the show was also very good.
The show was very family oriented with a dose of patriotism and “bible belt religion.”
We had hoped to spend one day at Silver Dollar City, but the weather did not cooperate.
We last visited Silver Dollar City about 15 months ago.
During that visit, we didn’t ride many of the “adult” rides because our six year old grandson was with us.
Overall, I think Silver Dollar City has fewer rides than Worlds of Fun or Six Flags.
It has more crafts and shows.
We visited the Toy Museum and the Celebrity Car Museum while in Branson.
I wouldn’t recommend the Toy Museum.
They had thousands of toys, but I think they actually had too many for the space they had.
Parts of the museum were quite musty.
I would recommend the Celebrity Car Museum.
As their name implies, celebrities had owned many of the cars.
They also had many cars used in movies.
This included the DeLorean used in the Back to the Future movies and a Batmobile.
They also had very interesting background information on most of the cars.
Other places I would recommend based on past visits include “Ride the Ducks” and Branson’s Wild World.
I would recommend the Branson Scenic Railway only if you can get a low numbered ticket and ride in one of the observation cars.
When we ran this train, we bought our ticket too late to get in one of the observation cars and the view from the passenger cars is not that great.
Overview of Trip
On this trip we put 2,053 miles on our truck. This includes our trip to the dealer after the trip.
We spent $757 on fuel and $637 on camping fees.
After spending September in Fort Worth where the official rainfall was .06” we experienced rain, heavy at times at all four stops on this trip.
Unfortunately we found we had a leak in our Travel trailer, so we were drying out the carpet virtually every day.
The weather was warm when we left and we ran the air conditioner the first couple days.
It then turned cooler and we had to run the heater at night.
During our second night in Branson, the heater quit working and I thought that we had run out of propane.
After switching tanks, the heater still would not start.
I actually used Google to research the issue.
I found several sites with troubleshooting steps.
One thing that I should have thought of was checking the fuses and circuit breakers.
I found that the heater had blown a fuse.
I replaced the fuse and turned the heater back on.
It turned on but almost immediately turned back off and the new fuse was also blown.
I did try one more fuse with the same result.
Fortunately we have a fake fireplace, which includes an electric heater.
So for the next two days we ran the fireplace heater and used some extra blankets.
We also ran into a few other minor problems during the trip which is why we took the rig to the dealer the day after our return.
The other issues included some windows which we could not open or close, more problems with our inverter sustaining the refrigerator while driving, and a broken door on the sewer hose tube.