This trip is going to start off with lots and lots of driving in the beginning. I have to travel 1200 miles in 8 days. Remember I like to drive about 150 miles and then sit around (or maybe explore) for a few days and then move on. This will be a whirlwind tour. Today I drove from St. Paul to Rockford Illinois – a distance of about 331 miles. Twice as much as is pleasurable. But the road calls, so whatcha gonna do?
Several exciting things happened..... I found I was traveling with the cool kids.
I didn't get a picture of the back of the truck as I followed it down the road – a 10 foot Taylor leading me on.
I've decided on this trip that I shall not pay any tolls. So my friend Google Maps took me off of the Illinois Turnpike onto a very nice four lane highway - at least it was very nice for a few miles. Then I saw a sign that said Illinois Grade II Highway. I have never been on such a rough road. I thought my whole rig was going to disintegrate right underneath me. Thankfully I only had about five miles to go on this road, but I think I would rather pay a toll.
The other great thing is that this is my very first ever stay at Camp Walmart. Walmart lets RVsand Truckers stay overnight in their parking lots for no charge. As a Walmart camper, there are certain expectations when you stay with them. You should not put your lawn chairs out, you should not grill – in other words, you should look like you are just parked in the parking lot. You should also go into the store and make a purchase as sort of a thank you for letting you stay with them. I got myself one of those rotisserie chickens. Haven't had one for a while – it had so much salt, I know I will be thirsty for days. Hopefully it will be quiet tonight – it is a 24 hour Walmart and the lights in the parking lot are oh so bright.