My Dad and Mom brought Odie to meet us at Dodds just as we were pulling into position to leave the parking lot. We almost got away without her but she caught us in the nick of time! It probably would have been lonely without her. We loaded up, said our goodbyes and hit the road a few minutes after 9:00 Thursday morning.
Within the first two miles I thought the BoggsMobile was running like an old dog. I pushed the little skinny pedal on the right and it was not responding like it should. After about 20 seconds I realized what the problem was. I was pulling the big heavy tent trailer again! That makes all the difference in the world. The tent trailer with the chairs, tent and the Green Machine is a whole lot heavier than the Green Machine by itself. No wonder the BoggsMobile was working so hard.
Here we are at the first rest area in I-74 in Indiana.
By 12:25 we had unloaded the car and dropped the trailer in great spot. We should be back around to pick it back up in 21-22 days.
We had been fighting the wind all morning but when we turned west at Indianapolis the wind really started beating up on us. I fought it all the rest of the way. Although the weather was cool, the sun was shining and the bus was running good it was not a fun day to drive with all that wind. By the time I was approaching 460 miles and the Sullivan, Missouri exit was in view I was ready to call it a day.
That is exactly what we did. We pulled into the Flying J at Sullivan, emptied the holding tanks from our two weeks at home and parked for the night.
Bro. Ryan Martin pastors a church about 1/2 mile from the Flying J so we met him and his precious family for supper at the Denny's inside the truck stop. Bro. Brian Graham and his family met us too and we had a big time catching up with friends. The food was good, the service was normal Denny's and the fellowship was wonderful. These folks have been our friends for a long time and I appreciate them taking time to visit as we were going through.
Today we will mosey toward Oklahoma with some planned stops along the way for business and for friends. I imagine we will spend the night in Joplin or Tulsa before finishing the trip Saturday. Thank you so much for reading. May God bless you all.