We were awake by 6:00 am and by the time we got the bed made, gathered a few more things that we’ll need at Dan’s house and I got breakfast thrown together (hard-boiled eggs & watermelon) it was 6:58 am and we were pulling out of the Lincoln, Illinois Walmart.
The Walmart is not open 24 hours and was very quiet…great place for an overnight. We ended up with one other camper in the parking lot but they parked quite away from us…which was nice.
We stopped at a rest area about 2 hours into our drive and had hoped to dump our tanks as it had shown as having a dump station on an app Michael has on his phone. We found the dump station, or what used to be a dump station but found that it had been sealed over with concrete. Bummer.
After getting back on the road we had just 98 miles left and those miles seemed to drag…knowing that my grandbabies were at the end of them. Thankfully, traffic flowed easily and we had nothing to hold us up. The Madison road construction we’ve become so used to had finally been cleared up even!
We’d told Alex (grandson #1) that we’d be at his house about 1:00 pm (during nap/quiet time) but really hoped to arrive before noon and ended up arriving by 11:15 am. I took a picture of the coach and truck in front of their house and texted it to Dan and Amanda with no explanation. Before you know…they were at the front door!
We got our hugs from the boys…Zoe at 18 months was a little leery so we waited until she warmed up to us. Dan and Amanda helped us get the things we’ll need out of the coach while we’re here and then we went inside to visit for a little while.
We even had a mini birthday party for Michael and I. Amanda made a cake and we got birthday presents! Dan, Amanda & the boys sang happy birthday to us….couldn’t get a much better welcoming!
Mid afternoon we walked to the park so that the kids could play for a while and Dan could play a little basketball with some of the neighborhood guys. It turned out to be a nice day for it as it was sunny and 60.
For dinner we all piled in Amanda’s car and went to Gray’s Tied House. A pretty cool place that brews their own beer, makes their own potato chips, and make their own soda. It was fairly busy as we pretty much got the last table, I think.
We all seemed to enjoy our meals. Portions were large and everything had good flavor. Amanda and I both went with the Saturday Special – prime rib, Michael got the haddock and Dan ordered the sirloin. I’d go back…but I think I’d try to make it when it wasn’t quite so busy as it was pretty loud and hard to carry on a conversation.
We are here for a little more than 2 weeks and then we’ll start heading west toward Utah, where we’ll spend the summer with Zack and his family while working at Anderson Cove Campground.