Reg and Andrew Arkatexahomasaws Trip

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Created by dunbrine47 - June 8th 2017

It was year 2 of me and Reg going out to his parents' vacation home in Missouri. Continuing from where we left off last year, we wanted to explore more of the surrounding states. While doing some research I noticed that some old coworkers lived within 8 hours of where we were staying. I had not seen them them in about 3 years. A few Facebook messages later and the foundations for the trip were set. Within a month, the trip went through several revisions until we had something we believed would work. We left from New Jersey in the morning hours of July 5th. By early evening we arrived at our hotel in Indiana. After about 6 hours of driving the next morning, we had arrived in Sunrise Beach. July 7th was rest day for Reg since he was the only one in our duo to legally be able to drive.

Sunrise Beach, Missouri, United States

Date: July 8, 2017

Once 5am on July 8th came, the trip was about to get started. The only snag was that Reg spilled the beans about our trip to his mother. She was an extremely nice woman that could be considered overbearing when she would find out that her son and house guest were going out for an extended period of time. For example, the year before this trip she found out we were going to Kansas City and proceeded to make us a large breakfast despite us trying to drop hints that we were saving ourselves for BBQ. Because of this I wanted to sneak out while she was asleep. This did not happen and she woke from her slumber before us to prepare a to go package of egg sandwiches and coffee. In hindsight the coffee was actually useful so I appreciate that. We said our goodbyes and the trip began. While driving out of the neighborhood, Reg begins the prayers for our trip. I had my coffee in my crotch and the second the prayers stopped, Reg had to slightly apply the brakes (this was not a flat, straight well lit road) and the next thing I know is that I spilled some coffee on my leg. Great start to the trip, there's more.

Worlds Largest McDonalds
2.5

767 Will Rogers Turnpike, Vinita, OK, US

Worlds Largest McDonalds

Date: July 8, 2017

After a few hours me (with coffee soaked leg) and Reg have our first "planned stop". I only chose this place in case we needed gas and to have some breakfast. We were good on gas and decided to eat some of the food we purchased a few days ago to save some money (and avoid the egg sandwiches that were given to us). Despite not having a reason to go inside anymore, we decided to check it out. In hindsight I guess I did not properly set expectations for Reg about this place. He thought we were getting the world's largest MC Donald's instead of just a place to get food and gas. When Reg saw the inside he immediately felt dejected due to being hyped up for this place. Well great, I spilled coffee on my leg and now we had misplaced hype issues. It was going to get worse. I looked over at one of the TV's and noticed a large mass of heavy rain to the South of us. I bring it to Reg's attention and we then go back to the car so I can deal with my coffee socks. Hoping most of the storm would move out of the area, we started to our next stop.

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246mi 03h 44m
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum
4.5

333 N. Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK, US

J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

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The clouds ahead of us were angry and dark. Ten minutes later it was a large heavy downpour. As East Coasters, the first thing we think about in Midwest rainstorms is Tornadoes. I was observing to see if there were still cars on the road that were moving; there were. If we were the only ones on the road I might have to wondered if there was a death funnel next to us. Reg on the other hand was having none of this and proceeded to blast the Christian music to 11. By the time we got to our exit and into town, the rain hand lightened up and the local emergency services were tending to calls. Once again in hindsight, I wonder if that rainstorm was as bad as we were thinking. A few months later I looked up if any weather warnings has been issued, there were none for the time and area we were in. I assume to locals have to deal with out of towners freaking out over every drop of rain that falls while they are visiting because they don't have the necessary discernment. Returning to the trip, because we arrived an hour early to the museum's opening, we waited with the car in the parking lot. The museum was the first positive note we had on this trip. To quote my review: "Diverse collection of weapons from all around the world. There are also other objects that keep things interesting. The museum is on the older side but looks well maintained." We spent about an hour and a half and were ready to make our way to Texas to see the first two coworkers.

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215mi 03h 23m
Wards Family Restaurant
4.0

2655 Clarksville St, Paris, TX, US

Wards Family Restaurant

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Thankfully it was pretty uneventful on this part of the journey. The weather cleared up and I got sucked into a FB Messenger conversation with some other friends over the Spiderman movie that came out a few days before. At about one hour away and 1/2 hr away. I send these two coworkers messages letting them know we are on our way to the meeting place agreed on weeks in advance. By the time we get to the place we knew we were in the trashy part of town. We had to wait about 45 min for the first one to show up. I'm considering just leaving and Reg is freaking out that we are in the shitty part of town with a new car. First coworker shows up and we go in to chat and have some food. The second one shows up about 20 min later and we chat for awhile. Long story short the whole exchange we had with those two had Reg scratching his head and asking me if those really were my friends. Burned out from most of the day, I just wanted to go to our next stop and then go to the 3rd coworker.

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1mi 00h 03m

South Collegiate Drive and Jefferson Road, Paris, TX, US

The Paris, Texas, Eiffel Tower

3

Date: July 8, 2017

Me and Reg chose this spot knowing it was one of those: 5 min joke places. It's a roadtrip, got to have some tacky stuff to visit. We get there, I flip out about my phone going off the side of the seat, Reg complains that the stop is more of a "5 second joke". We take some pictures from the car and piss off to the 3rd coworker. After this shitty first day of the trip, coworker #3 was a blessing. Way nicer then the other two, gave us dinner and a place to sleep. We spend the next few hours socializing and catching up.

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56mi 00h 60m

Highway 21 RR 5 Box 224, Pittsburg, TX, US

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park

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Date: July 9, 2017

Since coworker #3 is a pastor, he invited us to his service. The service was at 11 and we had a few minutes to work with. Our plans had taken us to a local state park. It was not bad, we just did not have time to look around much. While returning to the church, these outdoor dogs almost get between us and the bumper. Good thing we did not hit them or we would have spent all day hunting down the owner and shaking them down for money for a new bumper. We went to service and an hour later said our goodbyes to coworker#3 and went to Dallas.

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113mi 01h 53m
National Videogame Museum
4.5

8004 North Dallas Parkway Ste. 300, Frisco, TX, US

National Videogame Museum

5

Date: July 9, 2017

During the correspondences, all three coworkers unanimously said that all the good stuff in their corner of Texas was in Dallas and Roadtrippers confirmed this. While researching places, the site jogged my memory of a video game museum that a proprietor from a game shop near me helped start. This was my must portion of the trip since I had no idea of when I was coming back to this part of the country. The drive here was clear and smooth. I was impressed on the new development in this area. We get to the museum and spend about an hour and a half looking at everything to offer. On a funny side note, I thought the youtuber TopHatGamingMan was behind me while I was there. It turns out it was just another chap who had a similar accent to him. Originally I just wanted to call it a day in Frisco and then go downtown on Monday (when more things were open past 5). Reg had some other plans when we were working out last minute details. He wanted to stay downtown tonight. We went downtown.

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26mi 00h 28m
Wing Bucket
3.9

1200 Main St, Dallas, TX, US

Wing Bucket

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We get downtown, check in and then figure out dinner plans. We go to this place called wing bucket. I had ribs and Reg had wings. Even though I was out of it, I saved Reg from a costly mistake. The mistake I saved him from was he was about to order and I notice the price on his wings was about $30 dollars. I bring this to Reg and the cashier's attention and she explains that they sell their wings big, not small. With that out of the way, we eat and then look around the city. The only problem is that Sundays in Dallas involve a hot of hobos. They were everywhere from the streets to the plazas. I was expecting this, Reg was not (for some strange reason). After awhile we go back to the hotel because we think its going to rain again. P.S I never had the time to experience proper BBQ, still salty about that.

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0mi 00h 01m
Crowne Plaza Dallas
2.6

1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, US

Crowne Plaza Dallas

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Date: July 9, 2017

Not the worst room but not the best. We sleep and then go and find breakfast the Purple Onion. Compared to Sunday, the city seemed more lovely with all the convention attendees and office professions around instead of the hobos. We check out and then go check out our planned sights in Dallas.

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0mi 00h 01m
Dallas World Aquarium
4.4

1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX, US

Dallas World Aquarium

8

Date: July 10, 2017

We got there when they just opened up for the day. It was a nice place with a fish, reptiles, birds and other mammals. After we got done we scrapped most of what we wanted to do in Dallas because of last night's experience with the hobos, getting fed up with the trip and the fact that the Texas Schoolbook Depository did not open until one. We noped the f out of there and sped over where JFK had been shot. Would not be first things we axe off the trip last minute.

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36mi 00h 41m
Texas Motor Speedway
4.5

3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX, US

Texas Motor Speedway

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(Used for a waypoint for nearby Bucees.) We went across the DFW metro area to witness the spectacle that is Bucees; the Texas gas station that is Wawa on steroids. Before we could get into the place we had to u turn. I tried to explain to Reg that we should make the U turn an extra intersection up in order to give us enough time to switch lanes to get into the place. He did not listen and got himself a bunch of extra u turns as a reward. Bucees itself was big. We both got out souvenir shopping done there and then proceeded to Oklahoma City.

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185mi 02h 49m
Wilshire Gun Range
4.6

615 W. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, US

Wilshire Gun Range

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Originally the plan was a whole day of sightseeing in Dallas, rest halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City and spend a whole day in OKC. Nope, the crap that happened during the trip combined with the fact we had to go back to NJ soon shaved about a day off out plans. We skipped most of OKC and went to this gun range I found on Roadtrippers. We were a bit apprehensive of going because we thought the place was going to be: "LUL, U NOOBZ, GTFO NAO". It was not like that at all and instead it was a fun first time shooting off guns. With that out of the way, we cut out rt 66 and went straight for our hotel in Tulsa for the night on the interstate.

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106mi 01h 35m
Ramada Tulsa
4.0

8175 East Skelly Dr, Tulsa, OK, US

Ramada Tulsa

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Got here, got some MCD's and then went to sleep. Had breakfast and went on the last day of our "trip".

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129mi 02h 11m
Pea Ridge National Military Park
4.8

15930 E. US-61, Garfield, AR, US

Pea Ridge National Military Park

12

Date: July 11, 2017

Originally the AK part of the trip was going to scrapped. It only stayed because I convinced Reg that I never had seen a Civil War battlefield and might not get the chance again (especially in this political climate). The battlefield itself was scenic and informative, especially the overlook. Once we were done, it was time to head back to Missouri Via Branson.

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16mi 00h 27m
Golden Gate Bridge Of Beaver Lake
4.4

Highway 187, Beaver, AR, US

Golden Gate Bridge Of Beaver Lake

13

The road we took to Branson was in the hill country full of hairpin turns and twisty roads. This was one of the bridges on that route.

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77mi 01h 39m
Bass Pro Shop and NRA NATIONAL SPORTING ARMS MUSEUM
4.5

1935 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO, US

Bass Pro Shop and NRA NATIONAL SPORTING ARMS MUSEUM

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Originally we were going to look at more stuff we overlooked the first time we went to Branson. Reg was not impressed by Branson the last time we were there so we went straight to Bass Pro Shop. We came, we saw and I popped Reg's Chick Fil-A cherry across the street. Afterwords it was two hours back to the house.

95mi 01h 38m

Sunrise Beach, Missouri, United States

At this point we spent the next three days resting up from this craziness. Saturday rolls around and me and Reg leave at 3 in the morning.

Leaving at 3 in the morning is interesting and stupid. It's interesting because I don't usually watch the world out of a car window at 3am and by the time sunrise happens you have already done a lot. It's stupid because you have less sleep, your day is starting when the neighbor's music is ending and you are asleep when you are supposed to supplement the gps. Case in point, we added an extra hour to our journey. By the time the sunrise happened, we were in St Louis. We thought we knew the route so we turned off the GPS. One minute I was taking pictures of the sunrise, the next minute I was asleep. I wake up see farmland and go back to sleep. Eventually me and Reg see strange road signs and realize that we don goofed at the I-55/70 interchange (we were supposed to make a right and go east instead of go straight north). We went an hour north before we corrected course by finding the next interstate going east (72). We get back on 70 and make it to Western PA before crapping out for the night. We made it back to New Jersey the next day. Overall while there were some highlights, the trip was mostly trash. However I do want to fix this and do a good trip. Not having to visit the coworkers will help and hopefully having at least two week of free time. I'm going to end this guide with some of the 12 Days of Christmas spoof I penned while on this trip: Day one of trip in a nutshell Reg wanting to smash the gas pedal or have other cars do it and get pulled over. On the second day of this road trip, Reg gave to me two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal). On the third day of this road trip, Reg gave to me, three leaky stalactites, two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal). On the fourth day of road trip Reg gave to me: four antique guns, three leaky stalactites, two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal). On the fifth day of road trip Reg gave to me: five retro game consoles, four antique guns, three leaky stalactites, two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal). On the sixth day of road trip Reg gave to me: six spent cases, five retro game consoles, four antique guns, three leaky stalactites, two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal). On the seventh day of road trip Reg gave to me: seven hairpin turns, six spent cases, five retro game consoles, four antique guns, three leaky stalactites, two rumble strips and one smash (of the gas pedal).