It's day 4 and we are 1000 miles into our trip West. Our first night on the road was a stay at a dumpy campground just before Joplin, MO. None of our stuff was in the right place. We had to move 2 things to get to the thing we wanted. We were still winterized due to freezing weather, so we didn't have use of the bathroom or kitchen which made it a little less comfortable.
Day two ended in a great KOA outside of Oklahoma City. The day was beautiful so we de-winterized, played, and relaxed at the campsite and didn't hit the road until 1pm. That doesn't even include our TWO stops before ever getting out of the Oklahoma City city limits. (once for gas and much needed bath for the Gray Whale and another for a potty emergency) This late start made it a hard travel day. We broke our own rule and drove until after dark trying to our next stop.
We nixed our plans to head to Dallas due to changes in weather and a postponed visit with friends. Instead we headed across I-40 toward Amarillo, TX. ***Side note...guess what song came on the radio while we were pushing to get to Amarillo by sunset? Our campsite in Amarillo was an oasis called the Oasis. It was amazing, if we could have enjoyed it. Since night temps were around 20 degrees, we couldn't use the full hook ups, and it was dark, so we could barely see its beauty. About 1:30am, the wind started. I have camped many times in my life and never experienced wind like this. No storm or rain, just wind. It howled and shook the Gray Whale and kept us up most of the night. Silas was convinced that we were going to flip over or be lifted away. By morning ice had formed on the inside of all the windows, but the wind had died down slightly. We were still nervous about towing on the interstate in these winds because they were 25 mph gusting up to 45 mph, but the winds continued to decrease throughout the day, so it was fine.
Last night we made it to another great campground in Albuquerque called American RV Park. We want to stay here forever. Nice bathrooms, playground, level sites, complimentary continental breakfast each morning, and free wifi, We may stay a couple of days to relax and see the sights around Albuquerque.
***Another side note...this is the song the kids were singing in the truck on the way here..."If I were a turkey, I'd live in Albuquerque."
Before I finish, let's look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of healthy choices on the road.
Good: The pre-cooked chicken breasts I froze came in handy tonight for a quick dinner of chicken, green beans, and strawberries. Breakfast smoothies have been an easy start to our day.
Bad: I'm still trying to get in my physical therapy exercises to rehab an injured foot, but I have to admit that it is a challenge to do them all twice a day. The best place I have found to get in a few sets is at the playground. There is always a bench or bar that can be used for a few different exercises.
Ugly: 3 of the 4 of us have had "stomach" issues...ok, I'll just say it...diarrhea. We don't know why. Something wrong with the fresh water tank? Different eating habits? A bug? We have a whole camper water filter attached where the city water comes in and then we filter it again in a Brita filter. Tomorrow are going to empty the fresh water tank, bleach it, and re-fill it. I would hate to switch to buying all of our water.
That does it for our update. To all our family, friends, and soon-to-be-friends, safe travels and WanderWell.
I am a wife, mother, and exercise physiologist with one foot in the world of travel and one foot in the world of fitness. This blog is a mixture of travel adventures and wellness topics that affect women and their families. We've travelled, first in our Airstream and then in Australia, while attempting to balance work, life, health, and relationships. It's been an amazing journey so far. Join me as we navigate new places, adjust to small spaces, and meet new faces.