Interstate 255 led to the bridge across the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, avoiding the city traffic. This morning, 255 South was closed between I-55 and I-64 for road work so we detoured to I-64 and 255 on Illinois 157. This proved to be a pleasant (mostly rural) alternative.
The storm caught us just as we crossed the Mississippi into Missouri and was intense for a while. The lightning show was impressive and the visibility was limited. On I-44 I noted that Missouri wreckers have red and blue lights, which I found a little disconcerting.
We were just getting clear of the weather when the phone rang. It was the hotel asking if we had left a Kindle behind. That would be my Kindle, which I put under my pillow when I was ready to go to sleep. My Kindle with 150 unread books on it. It was only 52 miles back (through the rain) so we turned around. I had planned to have breakfast at a nice restaurant in St. Clair, but that was not going to happen so we stopped at a McDonald's on the way back to Collinsville.
We pulled into the motel and the young lady at the desk got my Kindle out of a drawer. I thanked her profusely and we started all over again. I promised Sandy I would not put things under my pillow in motel rooms ever again.
There was a Facebook message from Mad Mike, a VROC friend we hadn't seen in way too long. He was spending time in Collinsville looking after his mother. I wish we could have connected
We ran out of the rain just as we reached St. Clair. Touching base with Sherm, we found out he had left his reunion early and was on I-80 in Winnemucca, Nevada. He was heading east with a vengeance.
We stopped for fuel at a Love's truck stop. Gas was $2.159. We picked up some new Subway sliders and a Mickey D's smoothie to go.
We turned on to US 65 at Springfield. South of Springfield, they had 65 north closed because they were shaving the concrete road preparatory to resurfacing. Lots of dust. From Ozark on, we went up and down the big hills towards Arkansas as the temperature climbed. At was 96 F as we went past Branson.
We left US 65 at Missouri 86 and wound our way down to the Arkansas state line at Blue Eye. Since the last time we were here, the D'Monico Resort on Table Rock Lake had added a whole new section they have dubbed Phase II. I saw there was a helipad on the roof. Some day, I will stay there.
Today's Route (437 Equinox/trailer miles):
First attempt (103 miles):