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May 2009 Trip
A Cross Country Journey
California to South Carolina and back
Part 4, Albuquerque to Cameron, Missouri
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May 06,2009

This would most likely be the longest single drive today, for I was determine to make Cameron, Missouri today (690miles). I bid my cousins farewell and headed east on yond interstate (I-40). Clouds were hoving not far above the ground, for as I passed a giant cross off the road well travel it’s top had vanished into the milky white mist floating above.
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Not much farther a drunken water tank made its appearance and was leaning a little bit too far.
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Time for a pit stops at the last Texas rest area, needed to stretch my legs and use their restroom (morning coffee caught up with me)
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I had promised my dear wife a tee shirt with a wolf on it, so a stop at Cherokee’s was a must, along with getting some buffalo meat.
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Traffic was light and moving along nicely, clouds were showing some effort of moving higher up and no rain so far. A few wind generators had become visible off the interstate and I don’t recall them being there the last time I came through this area.
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Moving passed the green landscape on into Oklahoma. Some improvement had been done at least till I made the interchange for the I-44 and the rough condition were still there, at least till passed Tulsa. Some where past mile marker 148 (I-44) traffic came to a crawl?
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I had though there was than accident ahead, it would turn out to be bridge construction 10 miles ahead.
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Burning up a number of miles and enjoying the passing landscape, coming from a basic desert area of California it was refreshing to see all this green. Running a little low on steam I pulled into a picnic area along for lunch and a short power nap.
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Tollbooths were an easy in/out situation; my total cost for this toll road was 7 dollars. Of course one still have drive through the “Golden Arches” of the I-44.
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Having to wade my way around another road construction area, at least someone is tiring to fix their roads. Being in unknown territory I was relying on my GPS for guidance and I have been having some trouble with it. It would without any notice reroute me in the wrong direction and it did it to me again, I found myself entering Kansas instead of Missouri. Getting back on track and finding SR71 off the I-44 in Missouri.
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Video Highway 71
Sometime some unusual sights are view as one is zipping along the hiway, such as this giant mushroom.
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Nightfall came before I reached Kansas City; I had to be really careful driving through Kansas City due to all the construction and narrow lanes. I though I had timed warped back to Los Angeles with all the tight lanes.
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May07, 2009

Having arrived late in Cameron at my daughter Karrin and Michelle home, I parked in their driveway and called it a night. Getting up late that morning and just hanging around the house for the day. Later I took my daughter Karrin to a little restaurant in town called Ma and Pa Kettle, like in the movies of long ago. This place as it turned out to be the local watering hole for a lot of Cameron’s population. Tomorrow would have us going to Jamestown for a craft fair and my first contact with some Amish folks, a few of them lived in the area.
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Jamestown downtown area was close to stepping back 70 years with it many old style buildings. Many of those were gift shops or antique shops with several temping buys. I was told that a trip to Jamestown isn’t complete until you see the “Harris” cabin.
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A farewell to Jamestown, for we had to get back before all the kids got home from school and tomorrow would be a trip to Kansas city Zoo.
May9, 2009
Waking the kids up took a bit of time, being Saturday they weren’t in much of a hurry until reminded it’s zoo day! It didn’t take them long after that to get into my truck, the way they were acting up I thought there was a bunch of monkeys in back.
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Than hour later entering Kansas City Zoo parking area. A nice layout with parking areas split into two sections.
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Here’s a good-looking crew and already for the critter sightseeing
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Entering a new building folks were greeted by a small fur ball that children gather around to see.
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This was a new exhibit at the zoo with several types of monkeys on display.
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I’ve been to several different zoos during my life and I have to say that this zoo is a well thought out plan. There would be a lot to see and ground to be traveled
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Passing by the Elephant enclosure, I have always been amazed by these giant creatures.
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The kids had fun with interaction with a lama
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Feeding the deer
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Video Feeding the Deer
I would have to say that the Kangaroo’s exhibit was outstanding; by this I mean there are no fences between you and the Kangaroo’s. I’m standing there watch them eating grass and no movement on their part to join us!
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Video Kangaroo's
Kansas City Zoo was indeed a wonderful place to spend the day at.
May 10, 2009
Time again to burn up some asphalt in the direction of Lexington, KY. After topping off my tank, I headed to Highway 36 going east for I didn’t want to go back through the congestion of Kansas City.
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Making to Macon, MO., Heading south on hightway63 passing by a National Guard unit.
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Making to I-70 east to Highway 54south, nearing my destination of Cedar Creek District in the Mark Twain National Forest.
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I wasn’t sure about the location of Pine Ridge campground and dropping by the local Department of Forest office was a dead end, they are closed on the weekends. Wandering along the country road with what little information I’d had, passing by several homes before finding some folks mowing their lawn. I stopped to ask for direction and as it was the gent I’d asked knew exactly where I needed to be. I thank him and not long of a drive I was pulling in where my rig and I were staying for this night.
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Pine Ridge is a small campground that only asks for donations, for this you get a fairly quiet wooded area with each site having a picnic table, fire ring, bar-be-que stand and for at least during my stay all the wood you could burn
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Video Pine Ridge Campground
A group of Boy Scouts was winding up their weekend activities and before leaving they did a systematic cleaning of all their trash, not one piece was left behind.
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After settling in I decided on a hike before it was time to make my evening meal, so off I went down the nearest trailhead (next to my site), not knowing where I would end up.
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During my little excursion down this unknown trail a wild man shelter came into view, I started looking around for Big Foot, for it was a rather larger shelter.
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There were some colorful flowers seen during my trail walk.
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An easy walk and forty minutes later the trail looped back to the campsite across from mine.
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It was time to get busy and make my dinner, lets see bacon wrapped filet mijon, along with a salad and a foiled wrapped bake potatoes cooked over hot coals
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Foiled potatoe on the grill with a nice fire on the side and what happens, the sky started to cry on my dinner. Well off to the camper, poured myself a Jack and coke, hoping that the rain would blow over.
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Video Rain Gods
Luck was with me, for the rain Gods took pity upon me and ceased the falling liquid from above. Dinner was seemed extra good, having a great place to dine. Well it goodnight time, for tomorrow morning is marching forward and I need a good night sleep.
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Part5, On to Lexington, KY and see my new grandbabies,coming soon. Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have.

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Nice photo-essay! I enjoyed the trip too. [emoticon]
Just a quick correction - those folks you saw in MO weren't "shaker" but Amish or Mennonite. Big difference (Shakers are celibate.) [emoticon]
Thanks for sharing your trip!

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Quote:

I bid my cousins farewell and headed east on yond interstate (I-40). Clouds were hoving not far above the ground, for as I passed a giant cross off the road well travel it’s top had vanished into the milky white mist floating above.


Nicely written!

Outstanding Trip Report; exceptionally well documented!

Looking forward to Part V.

Cheers,
Silver (Mrs Dunes is out of town for a week, but she'll enjoy this one on return!)


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Very nice. Looks like you are having a great trip!

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kknowlton wrote:

Nice photo-essay! I enjoyed the trip too. [emoticon]
Just a quick correction - those folks you saw in MO weren't "shaker" but Amish or Mennonite. Big difference (Shakers are celibate.) [emoticon]
Thanks for sharing your trip!


I'll make that correction,I didn't know the different.

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