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scottydl

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Just a quick follow up, as we recently returned after almost 1700 miles round trip! Whew, that was a long one! We took 2 legs going each way from central Illinois to northern Texas and back, but those were still very lengthy driving days.

On the way south, we drove I-55 (through Illinois) to I-44 (through Missouri) and stopped for the night at the Quapaw Casino just after entering Oklahoma. The casino's free RV sites were a great stopping point, although the parking lot had some noise overnight and passing trains were pretty loud. The casino itself was kind... sad. Not someplace I'd want to spend any real time, but the parking lot / RV area was very clean and felt safe. And for the cost ($0) which included electric and water hookups, who can complain? My review is here. The next day's trips was Rt. 69 (Oklahoma) which at times felt like a big wide interstate, and then would reduce down to a bumpy city street passing through towns. Kinda strange. Then connecting with Rt. 75 entering Texas, a 2-lane with lots of hills and curves. That was rough for one of my kiddos who suffers from motion sickness, but we survived.

Our home for the week was Anna Country RV Ranch, a very nice/new place. Reviewed here.

Coming back north toward home, we decide to drive a longer distance in order to stay on a straighter, more predictable interstate path. We took I-30 and I-40 out of Texas and through Arkansas, stopping at H&G RV Park for the night (based on reviews from Google and CampgroundReviews.com. Review here. Then continued on I-40 (we hit some construction traffic... but DON'T take the Google Map detour!) and eventually linked up with I-55 to take us up through Missouri and back into Illinois.

Great trip overall, good times with family, and we learned some important lessons on being able to remain flexible and change up the route when needed.
 

WILDEBILL308

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Well you survived. If I knew you were going back I-30 I would have recommended Down Town RV park in Little Rock. It is one of my fav stops coming and going.
Bill
 

scottydl

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Well you survived. If I knew you were going back I-30 I would have recommended Down Town RV park in Little Rock. It is one of my fav stops coming and going.
We didn't know either, and really hadn't even considered an alternate route until 2 days before we left. Downtown Riverside Park looks like a pretty unique spot, and very affordable! We'll keep them on the list for next time. ;)
 

Old_Crow

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My favorite park in Little Rock is the Maumelle COE park. Spacious sites in a park like setting with big hardwood trees, large lawns and it's right on the Arkansas river. Once you're in the park, you'd never know you're in the middle of a big city. It's right off I430 south of the river.
One other advantage, as it's a COE park, the senior pass gets you half price camping.
 
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