Moving Day: Springfield, IL To Ozark, MO

Posted by on October 12, 2015

After all that walking yesterday I sure did sleep good last night.  Turned off the light not much after 9:00 pm and was up about 7:15 this morning.  Michael followed just a few short minutes later.

Travel day breakfast!

Travel day breakfast!

Most travel days we have a breakfast sandwich and fruit before hitting the road.  This morning was no different.  I fixed breakfast while also gathering today’s lunch items and putting them on the trail that we use to carry everything to that day’s Kelly’s Kitchen location.  Breakfast sandwiches cause little in the way of dirty dishes and/or mess to clean up so it seems like a win/win for us.  I’m wondering.  What do YOU do for breakfast on travel days?

Check out those beautiful colors!

Check out those beautiful colors!

Rather than hit St. Louis traffic by traveling down I-55 and then hitting I-44 we opted to take a little longer route – I-72 west from Springfield and then US 54 southwest through Jefferson City, picking up I-44 just west of Ft. Leonardwood.

We hit the road at 9:22 am and had another pretty drive through the autumn countryside.

Crazy stupid skinny bridge! EEK!

Crazy stupid skinny bridge! EEK!

As we crossed over the Mississippi River into Missouri we had to cross over a CRAZY skinny bridge which should have just been one lane….but it was two.  I was a bit panicky and never even got to look at the river because I couldn’t tear my eyes off the road…and I wasn’t even driving!

US 54 was a virtual corpse field of raccoons!  We drove nearly 200 miles down it and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dead raccoons in my life!  I should have kept count!

We stopped in Vandalia, Missouri at a Sinclair to fill up with diesel…not too bad for $2.34 a gallon.

Rain! Beautiful sunny day!

Rain! Beautiful sunny day!

Just a little while later we pulled over at a commuter lot for lunch.  It was nice and quiet but kinda on the windy side.  We enjoyed our lunch (crackers, cheese, sausage & fruit) and were back on the road exactly one hour later.

We had a very brief rain shower that didn’t even last 5 minutes….I guess you could call it a sun shower as the sun was shining brightly and the sky was blue as could be!

Stage Stop RV Park - Site 26

Stage Stop RV Park – Site 26

We pulled into the Stage Stop RV Park in Ozark, Missouri at 4:50 pm, paid for our 3 night stay and pulled into our site with no issues.  The park is basically just a gravel parking lot with hook ups…but for $25 a night it works just fine.

Hamburger steak, candied yams & corn

Hamburger steak, candied yams & corn

The RV park is right behind the Lambert’s Cafe and by 5:30 pm we were seated at a table checking out the menu.

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, baked beans and corn

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, baked beans and corn

Michael went with his usual, chicken fried steak but I decided to try something new and was glad I did!  I ordered the hamburger steak and it was very good…covered in gravy, onions & green peppers (I asked to have the mushrooms & tomatoes left off).

The last time we were at Lambert’s (in Sikeston) the ‘pass arounds’ didn’t seem to come around very often and that was the case this time.  We actually had to ask our server to have the fried taters, okra and black-eyed peas come by.  We finally did and got our fill.

Devon (the best fried tater maker ever) and Alyssa (the best black eyed pea server ever).

Devon (the best fried tater maker ever) and Alyssa (the best black-eyed pea server ever).

With this visit to Lambert’s we have now visited all three locations…we’ve completed the Lambert’s Trifecta!  By the way…this Lambert’s has THE best fried taters…the other 2 locations aren’t very good in my opinion…but these were perfect – crispy and seasoned well.  We even got to meet the fried potato maker…Devon!

 

 

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