Friday morning we were up at 4:15 a.m. to do the Oklahoma City 10K (6.2 mile) Capitol Volksmarch. Our start point was at a downtown YMCA that opened at 5:00 a.m. I think we actually started walking around 6:00 a.m. Needless to say, it was very dark out and I loved it!
|A deserted outdoor courtyard restaurant (not open at 6 a.m.!)|
|One of many decorated buffalo.|
|The Gates of Time|
|Field of Empty Chairs|
|Memorial Reflecting Pool, Survivor Tree in background|
|The Fence with memorials to those lost|
|Hilton Hotel in the heart of Oklahoma City|
|Bricktown and the Amtrak train depot|
|Colorful hotel design|
|Former building for the Oklahoma Historical Society|
|World War I|
|Thank you for our freedoms!|
|The top of the Capitol dome|
|Sculpture tribute to the"Romantic Riders of the Range"|
|We walked part of Route 66|
|Overholser Mansion - different view|
|1907 Greek Revival |
|Johnson-Hightower House entry|
|Very cute house|
|The previous homes are in Heritage Hills.|
Here are a couple of scenic photos from our drive through northern Oklahoma:
In corresponding with Janice of Ready to Go Full Time RVing, we discovered they would also be in Topeka. Janice said David found a wonderful campground at Lake Shawnee Park for $20 per night. If we wanted to, the campground would let us park the 5th wheel there free for a couple of hours while we did our walk. Our plan at that point was to continue on to Lincoln, NE that evening after we finished our walk. Ha! Little did we know we would make a big boo-boo in our navigation.
You see, when we got to Wichita, Kansas on our way to Topeka, we should have taken I-35. Gulp, mea culpa. Instead, we got on I-135 north toward Salina. We didn't even realize it until we were almost in Salina. We ended up going the two long sides of the triangle, instead of the shorter diagonal. Oh well. Plans made in Jell-o and all that, we decided to spend the night in Topeka.
When we arrived in Topeka, the truck was running on fumes so we had to find a gas station that sold diesel where we could fit our 33' 5th wheel as well. Let me tell you, it's not easy to find a gas station in a downtown where a long pick-up truck pulling a 5th wheel can get in and out with ease. We finally found a station with diesel that Bob thought he could get into. Bless his heart, he shoe-horned that big beast in between two rows of pumps and we got our diesel. Whew!
All were happy after that and we continued on to Lake Shawnee Park to meet Janice and David. We secured our spot overlooking the lake next to Janice and David. When we were set up, Janice said she had made a "snack." We went to their place and she had taco salad all ready and waiting. She had a willing audience, because in all of our driving around lost, we never did eat lunch. Thank you, Janice, for being so good to us. You are an oasis of good food for the hungry. LOL.
|Janice, David and Bob|
|View of sunset from our back window|
Travel Bug out.