Another short day. From Sikeston MO to Chatham IL — about 230 miles and duck soup. Just as yesterday the biggest task for the day was missing rush hour in the biggest city along our route. Yesterday it was Memphis which we went through at 10:30 A.M., today it was St. Louis which we hit a little earlier.
I don’t much care for St. Louis — the congestion at the I-55 / I-40 junction is just crazy. I have taken I-270 around the North and West sides of town years ago but always talk myself out of that because of the added miles — I guess I’m a masochist and just can’t stand driving mile out of the way. But this time I had only my second opportunity to take the I-255 bypass around the EAST side of St. Louis. It too is in bad shape — the roads on the East side of the Mississippi are always in bad shape — building roads on that swampy land and expecting them to survive with the extreme traffic these roads see is asking a lot of any engineered project. Still and all, the I-255 bypass does take you away from the worst of St. Louis and I think I’ll use this any time I have the option. The added mileage is insignificant and the benefits are many. I say that as if I’m an insurance actuary but I really do think about routing in accident prevention terms. Stop lights are accident potentials. Heavy traffic is an accident potential. Construction is an accident potential. I make a point of considering my options and going with what I consider to be my ‘best’ bet knowing that there is no optimum route and anyone can have a bad day on any route.
The friend we want to meet up with is still working so we opted to get into Chatham a little early in the day to rest up for an active evening and still be ready for the last day’s push tomorrow.
It’s our first stay at Double J Campground — it’s the only option anywhere near her home and a bit beyond our normal price point but it’s what there is and it’s convenient for the purpose. It is NOT a Passport America campground. It’s odd that we are lifetime members of Passport America and we hardly ever use their campgrounds. Just seems that they are never in the places we’re going.
As for Double J, it seems all the RV sites are full hookup sites with 30 / 50 amp connections. There are some Tent / primitive sites as well. They offer free WiFi (slow) and free Cable TV (12 stations) and you can find about 12 more on your air antenna. There are about 120 sites total. The pool is covered this time of year, there’s laundry and shower facilities and a play area for children. Like many private campgrounds there are a host of RULES but most of them are fair and mandate courtesy to others which I personally don’t have any problem with.
For now that’s about it. We’re looking forward to a pleasant evening with Debbie and her cousin Sharon. Tomorrow morning we head to Milwaukee for the last lap of our trip. We’ll take our time (with the Brake Buddy still disabled) and definitely avoid Chicago!!!!!!
Looking forward to seeing family!
Thanks for stopping and I’ll talk with you again tomorrow.