Day 26 - Columbia MO to Salina KS - 305 miles, about 7 hours
We took our time this morning, readying for departure heading west. After a number of days of not doing much except visiting, reading, playing KodyKross, and shopping (usually sewing/crafting stores or the grocery store), we were ready to move on.
We took off after a teary goodbye with the Columbia AND Lake of the Ozarks families (except son-in-law, who was still down at the Lake working). After getting ice at QuikTrip, we went across the way to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. All of Columbia was practicing mask-wearing and social distancing, so wearing a mask as we went in was not unusual.
After breakfast, we drove. We stopped for fuel in Grain Valley (east of KC), then at rest areas before pulling into Salina's Comfort Inn North. We also stopped at the Russell Stover candy place – always a fun stop!
We were initially assigned to a room on the third floor. We moved in, including putting stuff in the refrigerator, then just relaxed before heading across the freeway to pick up dinner at Popeye's. Hubby had to wait for mild chicken in dark meat, so they gave him a free apple pie as a consolation. We took dinner back to our room, ate it, then discovered that the sink in the room had the sink stopper stuck in the down position.
Management came up, tried to fix it, then offered us another room, directly below the one we were on. So we had to pack up and move down one floor, including the refrigerator. The manager had to place 309 on the “inoperative” status until they can get the maintenance guy to come and fix it.
We headed out for a grocery store – Dillon's – to buy some Ziploc bags. Found the HUGE kind, 2.5 gallons, which would be perfect to place all the boxes of candy that we bought at the Russell Stover store. Then headed over to the Salina family's home, which we found right away this time.
We arrived right at 7, visited for an hour and three-quarters, then departed for the room.