Sunday, October 9, 2011

We Are 1450 Miles From Custer



Here we are parked at an exit entrance taking a short break South of Joplin, MO on our way to Little Rock. I can't say enough about how good this rig runs. It is a pure treat to drive it. The Cummins 450 ISM diesel runs superb and has plenty of power.. I bet it would run 80mph if I wanted it to but I'd rather cruise along at about 62 and enjoy the beautiful colors down here in the Ozarks.

Here we are parked at the Willow Beach Corps of Engineers RV Park near Little Rock, AR. This is where we always stay when we're in this area and have been here several times before. That's the beautiful Arkansas River right out of our door. The RV sites are paved and have 50amp and water. Plus, since we get a 50% off Senior discount, it's only $9.50 per night. What a bargain!  Sometimes its OK to be old. :-)

We went to North Little Rock and visited with out great friends and old traveling companions, Louis and Janette. They full timed for over 15 years and really do miss it. However, Louis is real sick with Parkinson's. It is so sad to see him in a long term care center,confined to a wheel chair and now at the stage where he can only say a few words. He was always a very active guy and has a heart of Gold. We have had so many, many good times together. They always came to spend time with us every year when we lived in Custer State Park. He truly is a great mind trapped inside a broken body. It really breaks my heart and I know he isn't enjoying life very much. Please God have mercy on him. We pray for Louis and hope he is comfortable. Janette, bless her heart, is an Angel.  She does her best to make sure he has everything he needs and has her hands full working with him and her mother who has Alzheimers.



Our good friends Gregg and Bonnie were headed for Dallas to see family and just happened to be in the area. We directed them to the campground and here they are right across the street with their beautiful 5TH wheel and Volvo Semi tow truck. They have been in several of our Blogs before and have visited us in both AZ and SD. Being avid Harley riders, we have taken many rides to together. Unfortunately we couldn't ride with them this time because our Bike is all packed up and put away in the Toy Barn in SD.   It is so good to be able to spend some time with them as we travel and cross paths. This is such a wonderful life.... I hope it never ends. However, I know it will.  I look at Louis and a tear comes to my eye as I thank Our Heavenly Father for every minute on His great earth and for His many mercies.

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!

Thanks for taking the time from your busy day to stop by.  We will continue South towards Florida this morning.  We have a little over 700 miles to go.  JRoger and Susan, Bob and Ely, Chuck and Rhoda and all the kids are waiting for us. It will be so good to see them all.  By Blog time next Wednesday, we should be there, or very close!

God Bless..

Mike

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10 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

Love those COE parks. They are some of the most beautiful. It is hard to see our friends/family stricken with disease. That is why it is so important to enjoy and love right now today and always. May God keep you safe in your travels.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

It's sad to see a good friend in that shape.

$9.50 is cheap we paid $20 for ours. Be safe have fun and enjoy.

Bonnie&Gregg said...

Pat&Mike
It is always such a pleasure to get together with both of you. Love your rig and your new experiences. Had a great time and look forward to the Buffalo Roundup this fall.

squawmama said...

Wow you're traveling all the way down to Florida and I'll be laid p with my knee surgery and won't be able to see you guys if you get down this far... Have a safe trip and enjoy the kids!
Have fun & Travel safe
Donna

Sue and Doug said...

safe travels and enjoy the changing colours!!!

Bruce said...

That Corp of Engineers park looks like a really nice one. Stay safe.

Nan said...

Whoever said these are the Golden Years didn't see everyone, did they. I too pray for your friends... so sad.

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

I once decided on a shortcut south of Joplin and boy did we ever get lost in the Ozarks, Your mention of Joplin and the Ozarks reminded me of that. So sad to see people in those debilating situations and especially if it is an old friend. Could be any one of us at any time. All the best in your travels Mike and Arizona is already missin ya:))

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Corps of Engineers parks are our first choice for stops. They are always great. I wish there were more throughout the country! Your spot looks lovely! Safe travels

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