Hello there folks. I have returned. In a sense, although it was miserable to suffer through at the time, I am rather glad that we were having that heat wave here between the 15th and 20th of July. It rather broke me in for the heat I knew I would have to contend with in Texas. Packing up to get underway was bad enough, I had taken quite a bit of stuff out to the car the day before, but even so it was hot enough on the morning of July 20 that I had to take a break in the middle of the process.
I finally got everything stowed by about 1030 and cranked up the engine. I went into Lone Tree to fill up with gas for $1.97.9, headed west on 22 and pointed south on 218. One thing that surprised me was the price of gas on this trip. Historically, from Missouri on south you usually found cheaper gas than we had here in Iowa. Missouri had a lower gas tax and the rest of them are just closer to the refineries to have cheaper gas. That was not the case this summer. Except for one place someplace in Texas that was 1.96.9 everybody else was usually over $2.00. I mean well over $2.00. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought I was driving past those greedy stations in Iowa City. They fluctuated all the way from $.2.09.9 all the way to $2.19.9. The mileage on my odometer when I left home that morning was 72,481. I crossed the Des Moines River into Missouri and got on U.S.61, more of the Great River Drive road, and took it to just south of Hannibal where I got on a state highway for awhile. About 15 miles east of Mexico I hooked onto U. S. 54. Stayed on it through the Lake of the Ozarks country and then got on U. S. 65 for a run to Springfield.
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