It was mid afternoon by the time I left Joplin that Monday, without any clear destination in mind, so long as I kept heading in the right direction. At this late hour, there was no other choice than I-44, despite the tolls.
Lightly travelled on this day, I-44 from Joplin to OKC can best be described as 'drab'. I tried hard to find something interesting, but the only positive was that I was able to set the cruise at 64 and only touch it at the toll booths. So I sat back and let the wheels roll. Of the only two plazas/rest areas along the road, one was closed. With limited access, getting off and back on was not an option. Certainly not a route I would choose if I had the time for the alternatives.
Just as I was approaching OKC, in fact right near where I passed the City Limits sign, I saw an aeroplane, which had obviously not long taken off... still climbing. It caught my attention because it was not one of the latest. It was probably a Boeing, but I have not seen one like it for a very long time. Four wing engines, a slimmer body than modern planes, but what really caught my eye is that there was something ON TOP of this aircraft. Something large and round, just in front of the tail. I wondered if there was a military base nearby, or a NASA base. Never seen anything like it, and of course, was not able to take a photo.
The late departure meant that I landed in OKC in heavy traffic. Finally arrived at the Pilot, a little later than I would have liked. Other than the plane mystery, an uneventful drive.
My 'neighbour' that night was an F350 double cab truck. The back seat was made into a bed and when I met the owner in the morning, I wondered how he could have fit. He was quite a bit taller than what the truck was wide. On top of that, he had a not too small dog travelling with him. Working as a relocator of camping trailers, he was on his way to Chicago to pick up another trailer, but did not yet know where it would take him. He shared my sense of adventure of not knowing where the next vehicle would take him.
Drove from OKC straight through TX to NM.