North America | United States of America (USA) | Great Plains | Oklahoma | Oklahoma City – Day 2 – Running from the law
End of Day 2…A Red Roof Inn hotel room just west of Oklahoma City…
Quite an eventful day… 800 miles from Chicago and over 1600 miles logged since I left Jersey. Scott and I didn’t leave Chicago till almost 11am. He gave me the grand tour of his alma mater (Wheaton College) before we left. Needless to say, we were quite behind schedule and I put the pedal to the metal in an effort to make up for lost time. Not much to see in Illinois except very flat land. I think we counted two hills. Everything went great till we were about 15 miles from St. Louis when a member of America’s finest started tailing me. I was sure that one of you had forwarded my last message to the State Police and, as a result, they were on a witch-hunt for the White Chariot. So I get pulled over and our friendly neighborhood trooper ran both Scott’s and my licenses through his little computer. Apparently they thought we looked suspicious….we weren’t being pulled over for speeding….they wanted to search us for drugs! So here I am getting frisked on Interstate 55…..I had to laugh. Of course they went through all of my bags too and ruined my amazing packing job. By the time they let us go, Scott and I were laughing so hard that we didn’t really get to enjoy the view of downtown St. Louis.
We did notice that the arch was quite impressive but for some reason I thought the Mississippi would be a lot wider. Anyway, the speed limit went up to 70 in Missouri so we were cruising at this point. Other than a moderately scenic landscape, I don’t think the ‘show me’ state has much to offer. Maybe off the beaten path .. Sunset was just before the Oklahoma border and it was so cloudy that we couldn’t even see it. Can I give it a 0 out of 10. Maybe a 1. That brings us to Oklahoma…we love Oklahoma!! What’s not to love about 77cents a gallon, 75mph speed limit and no cars on the highway. The White Chariot was averaging 80 at this point and we often hit 90. No ordinary feat for a 4 speed manual transmission. I think it deserves a plaque in the automotive hall of fame.
After stopping for dinner at a nice Mexican place, we drove the last couple of hours with the windows down (you figure it out). By the way, it’s quite cold here….never would have guessed that Oklahoma get so chilly. Being that it was dark out, we didn’t get much sightseeing done but from what the Texans tell me, Oklahoma’s pretty ugly anyway. Well…that was our day. Scott is a great travelling companion although his singing leaves something to be desired. He’s also very good at not driving…somehow I was behind the wheel for 10 out of the 13 hours we were on the road today.
Seriously though…we have been having a great time and the tapes and CDs are keeping us occupied. By tomorrow evening we should have figured out the meaning of life and developed a cure for the common cold. We are both wiped out and tomorrow will be our longest day yet. 950 miles till tomorrow’s stop…Grand Canyon, Arizona. Hopefully the sunset will be memorable…We’re certainly looking forward to the views when we go over the Rockies in New Mexico. Like yesterday, please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested. If you didn’t get yesterday’s log and want to check it out, let me know and I’ll forward it to you. Keep praying for us….
(Scott is snoring but I’m sure he says hi)