Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Monday morning Mom and Dad came out to say goodbye and see you next year.  We left Effingham IL just a little before 9, our destination was Rock Island IL 265 miles north, leaving us with a 3 hour drive to WI on Wednesday.

For convenience sake we picked Quad City KOA, we knew there were open sites. On line their rates were $42 for a pull thru or $25 for a back in, they insisted we take a pull thru because of the two vehicles, told them we wanted a site with out shade, well they escorted us to site 27. Site 27 was a long pull thru under trees, a sewer connection and the concrete lid to a large underground holding tank were right out the coach door. Up to the store I went to see about one of the back in sites with no trees, remember that $25 rate, well it's only for online reservations and there is an extra vehicle charge of $5 a day. So $25 quickly went to $35 a night, the most we've paid anywhere. Oh yeah and they're not going to charge us the $5 they usually charge to put your own canoe or kayak in. We are spending two nights here, we've found we don't like driving back to back days and it was suppose to be rainy on Tuesday,  but you can bet we'll be on the road early Wednesday morning. Anyway lesson learned :(

After settling in Dave started working with the satellite system, an hour later he had us up and running, so we already consider the stop over here in Rock Island a success. Our rainy Tuesday was spent doing research on our route to CO, we'll take a few weeks to get there, we are trying to time it for the weekend my brother is in town. Our son Tom has been making noises about one of us subbing on his bowling team, that could be interesting.

Our friends Mark & Nancy and their cousins Roger & Eileen have arrived at Wyalusing State Park in WI and Mark has scored the number one walk in site in the park, Roger and Eileen are across the street. Mark has been looking out for a walk in sites for us, he'll go down first thing Wednesday and sign one up for us. If all goes according to plan we will be across the street from them, we hope to be there by lunch time.

We are headed north so the comforter has come out,  the temps are getting colder, no shorts in the near future, good thing Mark and Dave like fires as we're going to need a few.

Until next time...


  1. Wow heading north and then on to Colorado. You are brave! We gave up on nighters too. It's just easier to stay two but we also have learned to stop anywhere but KOA. 265 miles is out of our league. Safe travels!

    1. gave up on ONE nighters too. Wonder why I can't proofread it until I've already posted it. LOL

    2. We are headed to Colorado Springs which tends to stay warmer, all in the name of family our son and my brother live there so must go. This KOA turned us on the the whole chain, we may do a few one night stays as we escape the north, 265 miles\4.5 hours all interstate wasn't too bad but want to keep it at about 3 hours drive time if we can.

  2. We "just say no!" to KOAs, too.......they stand for Keep On Adding! :-) Do you belong to Passport America? The participating campgrounds charge 50% of their normal rate, but it may only be good for a night, certain days of the week, a week, etc. Each park can choose how they want to do participate in the program, but we've used PPA parks quite a bit, and have paid for the cost many times over so far. Some parks are dogs, but some are really nice.

  3. I agree with the previous 2 comments :) We will only stay at a KOA if we have no other choice and they are the only campground within miles.

  4. Keep on adding!! yep lesson learned, looking at passport America.

  5. Oh darn! I thought $25 sounded too good to be true. We also avoid KOAs unless there are no other alternatives. We agree Passport America is a great value, and it quickly pays for itself. As Steve and Karen said, however, some participating parks are the pits so we check them out on RV Park Reviews first.


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