Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Currently crossing country to get back west...a stopover in Kansas...hopefully we do not see Dorothy or Toto...just some good weather and make some funds to continue our journey west.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Prairie Band Casino & Resort RV Park

12305 150th Road
Mayetta, KS  66509

The drive between these two stops was a fabulous route, the first part was on I-35 South and then onto the best roads we have been on in a very long time, 36W to 75S.

Upon arrival we knew we had been here before but we had never wrote about it and we were pleased we chose to make it a stop, our few day stop has turned into an 11 day stay. 

We paid $16 per night for 9 nights for a flat, level, pull through site with water, electric and sewer with cable and WiFi with lots of room in between sites.

We did visit the casino, ate at the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinners a few times.  Nothing spectacular but not so bad.  They also have a convenient store with a Subway inside which we were able to pick up a few essentials on our last days.

Besides the great price, the nice site and great amenities the biggest draw for me was the tornado shelter located a few feet from our site.  It made me feel safe when those storms in the middle of the night were upon us and I didn’t want to spend the night in the casino, instead we have our emergency bag packed and we went over and just hung out, one night we even did our laundry at 3am since the storms continued to grow and come towards us.  Being in this part of the country gives me an uneasy feeling so anything we can do to calm it down feels good.

Our first Saturday night while we were watching the NASCAR race I continued to hear the race sounds for real, not just on TV.  We found out that on Saturday nights they have racing at Thunder Hill Speedway so of course we had to check it out…see our separate blog about our experience at the races.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday Night Racing at Thunder Hill Speedway

Our first Saturday night here at Prairie Band CasinoResort RV Park while watching NASCAR on TV, we continued to hear the roar of cars outside so we researched and found out that on Saturday nights they have racing right next to us.  Didn’t take long for us to make plans to attend the following week.

We rode our bikes to Thunder Hill Speedway since we were less than a mile from the track.  We watched the racing divisions of Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compacts, Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stocks, Belleville Motor Sports IMCA N. SportMods, Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars & BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds.

We have not been following any of these divisions so we picked our favorites as the race began, Jerry and  I were almost spot on most of the time with our picks ending in first or second and then there were a few where we ended in last or out.  Not too bad considering we had a great time.

The dirt was flying, not as bad as it had at the race we went when we first married so many years ago at the Manzanita Raceway in Phoenix (which is now closed) to watch the Outlaws but none the less the dirt began to dry by intermission and the clouds of dust reminded us of the big haboobs out west.

VJ and Mikey came to watch the races and it was fun as usual hanging out with them.  They left shortly before the big event but we stayed awhile longer until the dust filled the area so much that we decided to leave before the big crowd exiting.

Now remember we were on our bikes and what we could not imagine was how dark that one mile would be coming back…nobody came down the road we took and even though we have headlights they are really not that bright when it’s pitch black out.  No street lights, no houses, just woods and cornfields...fears of deer and/or other animals coming on the road would really put an end to our ride.  It was a dirt road so we could not go too fast in case there were potholes, we were already experiencing the washboard effect and any fall would end in a very bad result too.  We silently continued but once we got to the lit parking lot of the casino we both began to laugh hysterically and admitted just how scary it was and agreed we would not do this again...ever!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lakeside Casino RV Park

777 Casino Drive
Osceola, Iowa

We drove over 250 miles and the first part was on a pretty bad, slow road but then in Iowa 34 became a really nice highway with some beautiful rolling hills scenery and loads of wineries.

When you pull in to find a site at the RV Park, it becomes a game for everyone due to a few factors.  First the roads are all one way only and the sites are made for coming in at one direction so if you miss your choice the first time then you have to go out to come back in.  Then finding a site that is not cracked and broken is tough, there are only a few but we got lucky.  The roads too have so many landmines, cracks and just plain terrible.

We paid $30 since there are no discounts for a flat, long, pull through site on a concrete slab with water, electric, and sewer with cable and WiFi included.  A shuttle will pick you up by calling them, they did not make the hourly rounds as stated on the website and you will need to go to the Valet window to register.

There are no other amenities available.

We did enjoy another free buffet on Friday night since we were new members and this lovely host gave us the vouchers as we arrived in the casino.  It was Crab and Prime Rib that we really enjoyed.

As for recommendation, that is a tough call.  $30 for no amenities and for such bad sites and roads in the park but for an overnight stop if ever in the area again we would stay here but we would not go out of our way again to stay here like we did this time. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino

21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL  61611

Every once in awhile we feel the need to spread out and get a room to enjoy and that is just what we did…

Maggie got to hang out and not be used…

As for us, we took long showers, relaxed and hung around having a few of our favorite types of Bloody Maria’s with all the fixings, so it’s more like an afternoon snack.

The check in procedure was friendly and quick, just like we love it and we would recommend this place and if we are ever in the area again we would stay here.  Unfortunately they do not allow boondocking for RV’s, only semi-trucks so if we decide to stay we would need to get a room again with this view.

The casino is within walking distance but they also offer free shuttle service.  The casino is on a river boat with 3 floors for gambling, the restaurants are off the river and while trying to get our playing cards for a buy one get one offer the attendant gave us both a free buffet because the computers went down and we could not get our cards.  The buffet was good since it was free but if we had to pay for it we would have been disappointed.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crawfordsville KOA

1600 Lafayette Road
Crawfordsville, IN  47933

We only had about 60 miles to drive today since we needed to do laundry, luckily we stopped at a Laundromat since we had several loads to do and this place only had a few working ones in their laundry room.

We still ask ourselves why we continue staying at KOA’s when for the most part they are over charged for not so much.  When we arrived at 2pm in the afternoon the office was closed because she had some sort of appointment and would return later.  We did not have a reservation but we called the number to see if they had any availability, which they did.

We paid $40.45 with our KOA discount for a fairly flat end site with water, electric and sewer and included free WiFi.  Because it was an end site we had much more room than the other sites.  Our firepit was full and the area did need some TLC.

It was dark and quiet except for the drunken seasonals that we thought for sure would be up late but thank goodness a storm came through about 9pm and sent them all indoors.

Not the worst place we stayed but was not even close to one of the nicest either so we would not recommend to others and we would not stay here again if we are ever just passing through.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Working Scootaround at the Indiana State Fair

We arrived and got settled into our very unlevel site but we were so busy we hardly noticed until the day we loaded then we moved to a much better site for the last night.

We love working for Scootaround, not only is the work easy but we also have a great boss and the other workers are pretty cool too.

At this show we were the floaters which gave us lots of hours, something we are always happy with, we always feel if we have to be there we might as well be working as many hours as possible since it is only for a short time.  This Indiana State Fair is one of the longest ones, 17 days straight, working 10 to 15 hour days sure makes a good paycheck at the end.

There are 3 booths at this fair and we filled in for lunch hours, days off and then had our regular close shift at Booth A.  It was something different all the time for us, a few days we worked all day at one location, or worked a full day shift at one booth and then closed at another booth.  

It was nice and time flew quickly and before we knew it we were done.

We have always loved working with Scootaround and continue hoping that they would get more events in areas we love traveling.  In the meantime we will continue to work where and when we can and continue to enjoy ourselves at work.  Something that is always a goal of ours, to enjoy what we do and have fun at it at all times.

We really don't care for much of the fair food but we did taste a few of our favorites...

Strawberry Ice Cream Delight...

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake on a Stick...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Indian Creek Camping Resort

4710 Lake Road East
Geneva on the Lake, OH  44041

We had a hard time finding it since they were reconstructing the road that our GPS sent us to the resort and no sort of signs to where we could or could not go.  We pulled to the side and was going to go back out the same way we came in but one of the construction guys advised us not to and then told us we were able to drive straight through that the other construction guys would get out of the way once we got to them.  We continued and we were able to go through and reach it on the other side.

This place has it all, a huge Laundromat (which we didn’t use but should have)...

A convenient store, gas station, a restaurant that is open until 1am, a Miniature Golf Course, Ice Cream Stand, Golf Carts Rental, and so much more.

All located right across the road from Lake Erie...

This is a Sun RV Resorts property and it is so well maintained in every aspect.  Check in was quick and smiles from all staff.  Our water, electric, sewer site was level on gravel with so much room in between that we paid $29 per night using our Passport America membership.

Restrooms were clean and we took advantage of them but if you plan to do your laundry do yourself a favor and do it at the Coin Laundry in the front, not the 2 washers and dryers located at the rear of the resort.  They did not work very well and it took us 3 times to dry our loads which ended up being $3.75 to dry each load.

We did not unload our bikes and decided to take a walk to the view Lake Erie but ended up hitching a ride from a seasonal who was heading up front on her golf cart.  That was good since it really is a long way. 

We enjoyed the lake view…

Checking out the convenient store and its wonderful supply of wines…

No luck with an Ohio Lottery Book…

We had dinner at the Loft…

They were having an all you can eat Chicken Wings and we tried them all and enjoyed them all too…

 It is by far one of the nicest resorts that we have visited and with so much to offer we would highly recommend and would love to return someday for a longer period of time.

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