When Carol and I go to Mission, TX for the winter, there are three other couples that are good friends of ours. One of those couples lives in Galesburg, IL and Charles was failing in health and he passed away on Friday, September the 7th. The funeral was to be on the following Monday and I was asked to be one of the pallbearers.
Saturday, September 8th, we left Celina, Ohio and drove through Indianapolis, IN. and stopped for the night at Crawfordsville, IN. Sunday we drove into Galesburg, IL. and parked at the Galesburg East RV Park. When we arrived there we discovered another one of our couple friends was there in the RV park also. Monday morning the other couple, Carol and I rode together to the church for the funeral. We met our other friend couple at the church. Also in attendance were about five or six other couples that we knew from Canyon Lake RV Park in Mission, TX. It was good to see everyone but at terrible circumstances. It was a very nice service with the burial in a small town about 45 miles south of Galesburg.
Tuesday, we rested and I did some laundry. Wednesday we drove about two and a half hours to Hannibal, MO. As long as we have lived in Missouri, Carol and I have not been to Hannibal and it was on our route to our next destination. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) lived in Hannibal as a boy, so we decided to visit the town. We arrived at the Mark Twain Cave and Campground early that afternoon. After we got settled, I visited the cave that was there on the property. The cave is just a plan looking cave but the guide told some interesting stories along the 5/8-mile walk. That evening we drove the Jeep about two miles to the Historic Riverfront District of Hannibal and had dinner at the Mark Twain Family Restaurant. After dinner we drove around the riverfront district to look around and then we drove to the business district to make a quick stop at Walmart.
Friday morning, we returned to the Historic Riverfront District to board the sightseeing trolley. We got a tour and stories about the early days that Samuel Clemens lived in Hannibal. A quick lunch and then we boarded the Mark Twain Riverboat for a tour of the mighty Mississippi River. We then visited some of the shops in the Riverfront District and a stop at Train Town, a small train store that had some O gauge trains in operation. We then took the Jeep up a steep road to Lovers Leap for a great view of the city of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. With all these stories of Hannibal, I decided to download the Tom Sawyer and the Huckleberry Finn books for my Kindle. I read these years ago but decided to read them again to remind me of the details. Both books relate to the town of Hannibal although Clemens used the name of St. Petersburg in the books. It was easy to see how Tom and Becky could get lost in the cave and imagine Huck living and hiding out on the island in the Mississippi River.
Saturday, September 15, we drove about three hours to Sedalia, MO for the Escapees RV Rally at the Missouri State Fair Grounds. This is about the only rally where we had full hook-ups, that means electricity, water and sewer hook-ups at each parking site. We arrived one day early since the opening of the event starts Sunday at 3:00 pm. Carol and I attended several seminars and events at the RV Rally. Carol went to a craft seminar and then to the craft ‘show and sale’. We both spent a little money at the vendors. I went to three evenings of entertainment which one of the best was the comedian Yakov Smirnoff from Branson, MO. He kept us laughing for almost two hours. The Escapees Rally finishes with a hitch-up Breakfast Friday morning, September 21. As we drive out we will get our motorhome weighted to check and see if we are overweight and to help us set our proper tire pressure. On a motorhome the tire pressure is adjusted to the weight of each axle.
Friday, September 21, we will drive into Kansas City/ Liberty to visit the daughters and families. We will probably remain in Liberty until after Thanksgiving when we will again return to Mission, Texas for the winter months.