Having spent two nights in OKC it's time to move on to my next stop 533 miles away in Hanabal, MO on the Mississippi River in Northeast MO.
It's another 500+ mile day of driving over 8 hours, but I'm rested having had a day off from driving yesterday.
I lucked out a bit with the weather, with the weather front bringing in dry air behind it to allow me the opportunity to drive most of the day with no rain.
I finally caught up to the rain as I approached eastern MO. If you look closely at the map above, there are watch areas outlined in yellow that show floor risk areas.
My plan for the night was to stay on the Mississippi River and cook dinner, but with the flood risk I decided to seek higher ground in Hanabal to park for the night. I have been to Hanabal in prior years so I have a good idea of my primary and backup parking places.
Here I am in Hanabal, MO in front of the visitors center for Mark Twain's history walk to area buildings.
Across from the Visitors Center is Mark Tesini Brewing Company and pub. My long day of driving deserved a break and I decided in beer and burger.
Above I decide on this Kolsch beer that is brewed here.
The beer went well with this smokehouse burger with a side of coleslaw.
The beer was good as well was the burger. It bought me time for it to start getting dark in preparation for a night of stealth. Of course the rain that had now turned heavy, with high winds rocked my car well into the night.
Tomorrow the weather is expected to be better for my drive to my aunt's house in Mc Henry, IL.