Saturday, October 29, 2016

Center of America " The Heartland"

Where Are We Today
Elk City Oklahoma
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After three nights at Eagles Landing Campground in Grove Oklahoma, we are " On the Road Again" by 8:30, heading south then west. To avoid the I44 turnpike to Oklahoma City, we headed south from Grove Ok. on state road 59 to Alternate state road 412. Both these are two lane roads which twist and turn and go up and down some hills, but are quite nice to drive on. 

Our spot in Eagles Landing

State Road 59 S

State Road Alternate 412

State Road 69 S

From 412 we turned onto 69 south at Chouteau, stop at a Loves truck stop to make lunch.
 While we were there, I went across the weigh scale just to see what we weighed at the time. Here are the numbers. Front (steer) axle 4740 lbs., the rear (drive) axle 8540 lbs. and the two trailer axles 16400 lbs for a gross weight of 29680 lbs. To keep things in perspective, the trailer had a full 100 gallons of water, the waste tanks were empty and the truck had 3/4 of a tank of fuel. Pat and Clemson were in the truck, but as I had to get out and reach the buttons to call into the office, I didn't get back on the scale in time to include my weight. I will do this again when I have a full tank of fuel and with myself in the truck. I will also drop the trailer and weigh just the truck at the same time.

After that we carried on down 69 S to I 40 and proceeded west to Oklahoma City passing thru and around was a breeze. Continuing west we saw a sign that said we were driving thru the Centre of America. I 40 is a great road to drive on, lots of wide open spaces, gentle rolling hills and you can see for miles.
Paving on I 40
Oklahoma City
Rolling Hills I 40

Turbines and rolling hills
Open country
We have stopped for the night at a 24 hour Wal-Mart on Regional Dr. in Elk City Oklahoma.
It has been a beautiful sun filled blue sky day with a high of 84 F/28.8 C with a nice breeze, couldn't ask for a better day.
All set for the night

Company in the background
Thanks for following along and until the next time, take care and be safe.  


  1. Gotta love taking those back roads and enjoying some wonderful scenery.
    Wow , ou are about 5,000 lbs heavier than ours coach and car combined, and that is with full fuel water and the 2 of us in it.
    Travel safe.

  2. Most of those back roads are in better shape then the four lane ones.

  3. The backroads even though slightly slower give you a chance to enjoy the scenery.
    We're looking forward to heading out soon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.