Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

After my less than pleasant night camped out in a truck stop, and driving all day in 100+ degree temperatures, I made the executive decision to give Gypsy and me a break and pay for air conditioning. A quick look through my invaluable Passport America directory pointed me towards the Riverside RV Resort & Campground just north of Tulsa in Bartlesville, OK.

Driving through Oklahoma was a RVer’s dream. The roads were well-paved, straight and maxed out at 75 mph. Gently rolling hills scattered with pastures of horses and farms were colored in soft pastels. Even the sky was a pastel blue. Out of nowhere I drove up a rise and saw a field of giant windmills silently twirling. It was the most graceful ballet in the sky. Life just seems more relaxed here…

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Had my first real scare of nearly running out of gas. Surely in the land of oil drilling there should be a gas station at every Tulsa exit? Wrong. I took a right, then followed a two lane road for several miles through barren countryside. As the gauge drifted towards “E” the alarm began chiming. Such a nice sound for such a dire warning! Pulled over in a deserted restaurant lot, turned on my Gas Buddy app and followed it back to the highway I’d been on and another five miles to a major gas retailer. Now I know – once the warning light goes on in my truck, I have exactly 9 miles of safety net. I made it with 4/10’s of a gallon to spare. Phew!

After a long day of driving, there was a huge sigh of relief and gratitude as I pulled into Riverside RV Resort & Campground. The resort’s roads were wide with plenty of turn around spots, and I easily found and pulled into my pull-through site. The office was closed, so I left a check for $15 and my Passport America number in the drop box. Next door was a tidy air conditioned laundry room. I had full hookups, 5 Verizon bars and wi-fi from either end of the park!

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Was only here as a layover, so neglected to take photos of this nice little RV park. It was clean, small, well-maintained and ran alongside a slow-moving river. There was a small swimming pool, covered picnic area and trailer turned rec center for campers to enjoy. The two staffers I chatted with were quite friendly. A great place to stop if you’re in the Tulsa area.

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