Canyonlands National Park

Friday, March 16, 2018

Our 4th Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Grove Oklahoma
We have all heard that comment, the GPS took me down the wrong way or something to that effect. I use our GPS, which I find to be very accurate, when going somewhere new along with checking Google maps.

If you read Pat's blog about our drive here to Grove, you would have read about three off the route turns, I cannot blame the GPS.
To start off with, I turned left onto US-81 instead of right, like the GPS said to. Thinking it would be quicker to go back an exit to get onto I-40, then driving through El Reno. But, doing this, we were going away from I-40, so started following the GPS. 

It took us on OK-3 to I-35N, which got us around/ through Oklahoma City. Then onto OK-33E to OK-48N to OK-51 E into Tulsa where we joined up with US-64E/US-412E/US-75/I-244E. 

Heading for Tulsa

At this point, we were looking for a Flying J with a Denny's so we could get something to eat and fuel up. We found one at N129th street just off I-244E. Having satisfied both food and fuel, we were ready to get back on the road. Normally, where you get off at an exit, there is the ramp to get back on, not in this case. Second mistake with the GPS, if I had looked at when coming out of the Flying J, I would have seen it telling me to turn left to get onto I-44E, as you could not get back onto US-412E/ I-244E at N129th street to get to I-44E.

I got ourselves turned around and back down past the Flying J and onto I-44E. A few miles down the road and I'm about to make my third and final error of the day. Of course I'm following the GPS, which is taking us to our destination, but we would travel on a toll road, which I didn't want to do.  So,  once again we were getting turned around back to I-412 E to Alt. 412E to US-59 and into Grove.


Not one of these errors were the fault of the GPS, if I had followed it in the first place, it would have taken us to our destination as long as I remembered to get off at I-412E like I had planned to do.

Our Destination

 Travelling all those roads from the start to Tulsa was sure the scenic route, but a pleasant drive. As far as what my road ratings are for these roads, I am going to go with an 8 to 9 out of 10 for all. There was one of the towns we went through that was more like a 7 out of 10, but your speed was at 30 mph and didn't really effect you much. As interesting as the route was, we probably wouldn't take it again, but stick to the interstate.
Thanks for following along, until the next time, take care and be safe. Your comments are always welcome.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Our Third Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Lucky Star Casino
El Reno, Oklahoma
Yesterday, March 11th, we left Bottomless Lake State Park and travelled to El Reno Oklahoma, a total of 460 miles.
Starting out on Bottomless Lake Rd. to US 383 to Roswell on nice  smooth paved roads that I will rate as 9 out of 10.


Next, we turned east onto US-70E to Portales where we joined up with US-60E. US-70, I am rating as a 7 out of 10, it did have some nice smooth sections but there were rough sections that brought my rating down. US-60 is another story, I rate it at a 6.5 to 7 until it joined I-27N at Canyon.
Now heading north towards Amarillo on US-60E, US-87N and I-27N. The road conditions are improving and I will rate this section as a 7.5 to 8 out of 10.


At Amarillo we entered onto I-40E to I-40BL E/ Rte. 66/ Sunset Dr. onto US-81 arriving at The Lucky Star Casino. This last section of travel, is rated at an 8 out of 10.

Convoy of 6 army vehicles.

This has been a great travel day, cool and windy at times, it was still an easy drive. Would we take this route again, probably not, but never say never. Even though there are low ratings on some of these roads, remember that they are averages. The biggest drawback for us, is that from Roswell to Canyon, there are few places to eat that we could pull into with our rig, and one place to get fuel,  also in this section, there were no rest areas, only one picnic area.
I-40 E in Oklahoma

So, here we sit at the Lucky Star Casino in El Reno OK. until Wednesday when we will head off to our next destination of Grove Ok. Stay tune for road updates to there. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Feel free to comment and I will answer.
Lucky Star Casino, El Reno OK.