After our stay at Camp Horizons, we were going to go directly to Odessa MO as a place to wait for the Escapee’s Rally in Sedalia, but we ended up staying a week in Topeka KS, meeting up with Bob and Judy Emerson who were to their way to Camp Horizons.
The Deer Creek Valley RV park is a relatively new park and a real gem. Long, wide, and level concrete pads with wide access roads. There is also a humongous dog run, at least 200 ft long and about a third as wide, for Robbie and Abby to chase each other and really get up a head of steam. There are no trees in the park, so no shade, but other than that, I can’t think of anything bad about the place.
Getting there was really fun, as the road just west of the park was being torn up, so the only way to get there off I70 was exit 365 and then east on 21st, downhill on a ¼ mile 18% grade. We found an alternate route to get back onto I70 so that we didn’t need to haul the RV up that grade.
Next door to the park is Lonnie Q’s BBQ, one of Topeka’s top BBQ joints, where ‘We Smoke It and Its Legal’ is the phrase of the day. He is only open from 11am to 2pm on weekdays and 5pm to 8pm on Fridays, when the line starts forming about 4:30pm.
We stopped in for lunch at 1:30 on a Thursday, just as the crowd was thinning. He was out of ribs, but the rest was absolutely fantastic. He gave us a sampling sandwich of smoked turkey, beef and pork. The meat was so tender and delicious, that you didn’t need to smother it in sauce.. The other surprise was his cheesy taters. Although Lonnie’s wasn’t a DDD destination, we thought it should be and fired all an email to DDD giving them our opinion of Lonnie and his tasty BBQ. Lonnie does not have a web site, but you can keep up with him on Facebook.
We met up with our friends Bob and Judy who were on their way to Junction City and managed to visit for a couple of days. We went for diner at another joint close to the RV park, The Shack II that servers great burgers.
The Country Gardens RV Park was our next stop, a resting place a short 60 miles from Sedalia and the Escapees Rally. This would give us a nice short run in order to get to the state fairground during the allotted arrival window. This is a converted mobile home park. Some of the sites are nice long level concrete pads.
Along with the park, is the One Good Taste Country Store which had all sorts of goodies, including a variety of summer sausages which we sampled and all sorts of chocolate covered stuff which caught Lynn’s attention. We stocked up on some summer sausage and continued on our way on the starting day of the rally.
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