After leaving Holbrook we had planned to go up to Canyon de Chelly for a few days on our route home. As we headed across I40 towards Chambers where we planned to turn north we drove into a snow storm. After a short discussion we decided to just stay on I40 and head for home as it would be colder up at Chinle.
Our destination the first night was Tucumcari, NM and from there we planned to get off the interstate and head north. We spent the night at the Flying J in Tucumcari after fueling. I prefer to fuel at the truck stops and use the highway truck islands as there is no issue then with space to turn.
The next day we headed up Hwy 54 through the corner of Texas, across the Oklahoma panhandle, across Kansas (no tornados, no Dorothy) and through the north-west corner of Missouri and into Iowa. We stopped at the Pilot just north of Osceola for the final fuel stop. We had planned to overnight here but then saw the casino just up the road. We moved there and parked for the night in their parking lot. They also have an RV park which is 10$/night with full hookups.
We went into the casino for dinner. The food was great at the bar and the price was even better. 🙂 We decided to risk a whole 5$ on the slot machines after eating. The first machine ended up paying me $34.50 for my $0.50 bet. I had no idea how that happened as I just pushed all the buttons and waited. Thought it had gone into some demo mode. In the end we won nothing else and left the casino up 10$ with dinner and slot machines paid by the casino winnings!
The next day was Sunday and we planned to get through Chicago and into Canada. After being on 54 we were spoiled by the roads. The two-lane highways are much better thn the multi-lane ones. Pretty sure I lost some fillings out of my teeth heading around Chicago. It’s getting hard to find roads I don’t mind driving on. We took this route to avoid the turnpike in OK that bounces the trailer in the air and I75 south of Detroit that just beats the whole rig to death.
At some parts I just drove in the left lane which was smoother and left it to those behind me to figure out how to get past me.
The border crossing at Sarnia was easy and fast. We had been worried about the extra booze we had on board but all they were concerned about was firearms.
Once we crossed into Ontario we were on one of the smoothest roads of the whole winter! I figured I’d drive as far as I was comfortable doing. That ended up all the way home where we arrived at about 11:30pm after leaving Osceola at 7:00am.
Another winter away in the southwest is in the books. Bring on summer and fun on the water!