We’re boondocking tonight, a one-and-done at a Harvest Hosts participant in west-central Missouri. We’re on battery power right now, bolstered periodically by the generator and augmented by propane. I’ll make this post necessarily brief.

We got a very late start out of northern Arkansas — the plan was to roll at 9am, but we didn’t leave ’til 10:30am. It was raining as we packed up and, of course, hitching Mercy for the first time took a while (even with help offered by our campground neighbor).

But roll we did, into as perfect a day as we could’ve asked for — cooler temps, calm winds, smooth pavement and a rig that did everything I asked of it with gratifying aplomb. And yes, the Jeep towed flawlessly.

We did have a minor hiccup when pavement whoops threw the toad’s inertial braking system off-axis and sent an alert to the monitor in Ernie’s cockpit. That was easily corrected at the next stop.

Our landing site for the night is a winery-and-brewery affair, situated among four small lakes on 75 magnificent acres. We dined and drank at a shaded lakeside table.

We watched the sun set over the bean fields.

Tomorrow will be a longer day and we’ll do battle in a couple of large urban areas. Right now, though, we’re basking in the glow of a day that couldn’t’ve been much better.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

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