Sunday 10-11-20 Hastings to Buxton

Got up and went in to the house at 9:00 AM. Alison gave me coffee.

Tony, Melissa and Bridgette and Sean and Zoe came over for breakfast.

Jim made bacon, scrambled eggs and French toast.

Duke was wandering around

Nala was in her house

It was nice to see 2 grandsons and great granddaughter. Talked to Sean and Zoe about the house they are buying this week.

We left about noon. We went west on 13th Street, turned north on Pine Street and then left at MN-55. We took MN-55 to I-494. Stayed on I-494 to I-94. Headed north on I-94 and pulled off at Albertville to check email and messages.

Continued on I-94 to Alexandria. Stopped at Mills Fleet Farm for nuts and candy. Stopped at their gas station on way out. Gas was $1.959/gal with 4 cent off coupon. Got coffee and pop corn and headed out. Ran into a storm between Fergus Falls and Rothsay. Heavy rain and strong wind from the south. All the cars pulled over to shoulder and stopped. I pulled in to Rothsay and manually turned of the Equinox lights that had gone on automatically.

Got to Buxton without incident at 8:00 PM. The Storm Drain Project had poured a new approach to my driveway and blocked it off. I parked in front of the house on the lawn.

Made macaroni and cheese with ham for dinner.

Hot a call from Tim. He and Mary got to the property in WV before dark. He got stuck in the mud trying to turn around. He sent me some pictures.

Joy and I went across the street to see Larry and Princess. I had an Irish whiskey. After a little play time, Joy layed down and went to sleep.

Saturday 10-10-20 Moscow, IA to Hastings, MN

Another perfect autumn day. Got up and made coffee and took Joy for a walk.

Went outside and Tim said their Water Heater wasn’t working again. Yesterday he replaced just the Control Board, but had the Thermostat Assembly. He put it in and it still didn’t work. We thought it might be the propane valve. Started trouble shooting. Everything seemed correct. Tim had attached the wires on the Thermostat Assembly by memory. Checked those against the colors on the Thermostat Assembly, corrected them and it worked.

Tim went into motorhome and retracted the Slides. Then raised the Jacks. The 2 new ones came right up. He had to pry the last one up.

I then went in and retracted the Slides and raised the Jacks. All went well.

Tim snd Mary headed out on their way to WV.

Shortly after we headed out. We drove the motorhome and car up the hill separately and hooked up.

The campground was flying a Trump Flag

We headed out west on I-80 – turned north on I-380 – took some back roads to US-63 – then to Rochester and US – 52 to US -61 into Hastings.

The drive through the Autumn Foliage was really beautiful and enjoyable. Some really brilliant colors.

At the turn to 14th street I found the street closed. Filled with gas at the Holiday Station on the corner of 14th Street and US-61.

Had to go south to Coborn’s to turn around in the parking lot.

Went north on US-61 to MN-55 to Pine Street to 14th street. Parked in front of our daughter Alison’s house.

Got there at 5:20 PM.

Went into garage and Jim gave me a beer.

Jim ordered pizza for dinner. Watched a repeat of last week’s SNL

Friday 10-9-20 Tim Goes to Davenport for Parts

Another beautiful day.

Got up, made coffee and took Joy for a walk. Got caught up with things on the Internet.

At 11:00 AM Tim got a call that his Water Heater parts had come in.

We took off in Mary and Tim’s new Equinox for Davenport, IA, about 30 mi east on I 80.

The parts were at US Adventure RV

Checked out some Winnebagos in the show room

Tim was looking for some SAE wiring connectors and wire to make a direct connection to his Brake Buddy

Stopped st Menard’s, they had the wire

Then stopped at Iowa 80 Truck Stop, the largest truck stop in the world

They had a lot of wiring connectors, but were real expensive

A lot of things inside the truck stop

and a place to sit

When we got back to campground, Tim started running the wire in the Equinox

I looked around my parts in the motorhome and found the necessary SAE connectors

Tim then ran the wire in the motorhome

Mary was grilling hamburgers, but needed more buns. We went to Tipton Walmart 9 miles to the north. Got the buns and a new retractable dog leash for Joy.

We then stopped at the grocery store for another pound of ground beef.

While Mary finished dinner, Tim finished the wiring. We then enjoyed dinner

After dinner we sat around and enjoyed some Irish whiskey.

Thursday 10-8-20 Waverly to Moscow

Got up early. Made coffee and went into Walmart for a few things. Very nice Walmart.

Left a little after 8:00 AM. Headed south through Waterloo and Cedar Rapids on US-218 and I-380 to I-80. Drove east on I-80 through Iowa City to HWH in Moscow. Got there at 11:00 AM. I registered and Tim took his bad jacks in. Tim got his rebuilt jacks right away. My appointment was for 12:30 PM.

We decided to spend the night at a campground rather than HWH. Hunt Cedar River was the closest. Checked it out on line and thought it looked good.

I got called to bring the motorhome to Bay , 6 at 1:00 PM.

Larry got right to work on it

We then drove out to the campground

I walked down and picked a couple of spots and then Tim took his motorhome to the site

At 3:45 I went to HWH to check on progress. It was done do I went back to campground and Tim drove me back to pick up motorhome. They replaced 1 jack and got the Touch Pad working. It cost $540.36.

Drove back to campground and Tim finished installing his jacks, both on the passenger side

After Tim finished installing his jacks we went for a walk by the river

We sat around outside talking until well after dark.

We went inside to eat dinner. We had leftover Pulled Pork, Coleslaw snd Baked Beans

Thursday 10-7-20 Cold Spring, MN to Waverly, IA

Stopped at our son Jay’s house last night. We are on our way to Moscow, IA to HWH to get jacks fixed. Traveling with Tim, Mary and Jersey.

We got pizza from Jimmy’s Pizza when Jay got home from work.

Got up early this morning and went to Tires Plus for new tired on the Equinox.

Took off at 11:00 AM. First stop was Pleasure Land. Mary wanted to look at a Winnebago Intent thst was on their WEB site. Unfortunately it was sold on Monday.

Headed south on MN-25 to I-90. Stopped at Blue Earth Rest Area. Very nice with paved hiking trails.

Went east on I-90 to I-35. Drove south on I-35 and stopped at Iowa Welcome Center. Next stop was Casey’s at Clear Lake for fuel.

Drove on south to US-18 and then east to Waverly, IA. Stopped at Waverly, IA Walmart for the night.

Found the Equinox battery dead. Didn’t bring a battery charger. Luckily, Tim did. Started the generator and charged the battery.

Ordered food from Applebee’s next door. I had Chicken Strips. Cathy ate left overs from home.

Watched the VP debate.

Friday 6-26-20 We Leave for Home

We awoke to a beautiful morning. Everyone did their own breakfast. Cathy and I sat outside with Mark and had coffee and donuts while talking.

Willy came out after breakfast. He cleaned up the dog food on the ground that the previous campers left.

Willy and Gerry were the first to leave at about 10:00 AM

Mark left shortly after

Cathy went over to visit with Betty. Then we let Sally and Joy play. They had a good time chasing each other in circles. Joy is much faster

I pulled in the slides and loaded everything up. Cathy and Betty did a social distancing hug

Then Denis and Betty pulled out

Then I pulled out and followed them down Traill County 21 towards I-29

Cathy followed in the Equinox. We got home at 1:00 PM. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing campout.

Wednesday 6-24-20 Camping with WIT friends at Belmont Park

I left home at 2:00 PM Wednesday for two nights of camping with WIT Nodak Flickertails Winnebago Club at Belmont Park 10 miles east of Buxton on the Red River.

When I got there the campers moving to the opposite end site hadn’t moved yet. They got busy and moved and we moved in. Only one 30 amp left. Denis hooked up to that one. The rest of us were 20 amp.

Got set up and sat around talking

It was a perfect day. I ran the generator and air conditioner.

Cathy was supposed to drive the car out, she got to the campground about 5:30 PM.

We all ate separately. After eating we had a campfire and brownies and Dr Pepper bars.

Went to bed and watched Fox News.

Thursday morning got up late. Denis and Betty were making pancakes and bacon. Gerry provided rhubarb muffins.

Denis and I walked the dogs up to Ringsaker Church Cemetery

On the way back we saw some pretty Prairie Roses

At 5:00 PM I made two trips to haul everybody to the Corner Bar in Climax across the river in Minnesota for dinner.

It rained while we were eating. Everyone enjoyed dinner. After dinner I took the women back to the campground and then went back for the men. It was a nice evening and Willy and Mark started a fire.

Mark provided raspberry rhubarb cake.

Everyone went back to Motorhomes at 9:40 PM.

Sunday 4-5-20 First Day at Home and Self Quarantine

Nice day, sunny and 45F.

Still tabulating info on trip.

Watched several YouTube videos about RVs and the Corona Virus.

In one, RVer TV, he was at Lake Havasu City. He filmed driving through Line Tree and you can see our motorhome.

The BLM says Quartzite is at capacity based on Social Distancing.

Kathryn said that starting tomorrow, Fort Irwin won’t allow visitors.

Made stir fry tonight.

Joy is starting to adjust to being back in Buxton. Will take her for a walk tomorrow.

Saturday 4-4-20 Final Leg of Trip Home

Sunny, partly cloudy day. Overnight low 20F. Wind 10 to 20 mph from SE. High in Buxton today was 30F.

Spent the night parked in front of Flying J

Set the alarm for 6:00AM. Got up when alarm went off and checked temperature and House Batteries. Temp was 62F and Batteries full at 12.6 vdc.

Made coffee and went out and started Equinox.

Walked Joy.

Moved over to RV Lane to fill gas tank

Lowest price of trip. It took 37.043 gallons.

Headed out on I-29 North. Drove 65 mph. Got to North Dakota at 11:12AM

Fargo had a lot of snow

Stopped at Mill’s Fleet Farm

Bought candy and nuts. Got the 4 cents off gas coupon

No free popcorn because of virus

Filled with gas

Cheapest gas of trip home, $1.529

it took 37.043 gallons

Headed to Buxton. Got to Buxton at 2:00PM

A lot of snow at the house, but Terry or Jim had the driveway cleared

Parked the motorhome and started carrying in contents of fridge and freezer

Joy wants to be outside and is acting strange.

Made bacon wrapped asparagus, scrambled eggs and hash browns for dinner

Watched Dateline and SNL

Will post a summary tomorrow

Friday 4-3-20 Concordia, KS to Sioux Falls, SD

Storm overnight. At 3:10AM we were awakened by heavy sleet on the roof, rain and thunder. Lasted an hour. Joy barked the whole time. Got down to 26F and the wind was continuous. This what is what it looked like when I got up

Made coffee and toasted a bagel.

Checked things out on Internet and WDAY TV. ND got hit pretty hard.

Went into Walmart to see if they had any day old bakery items. Only a small bakery, do nothing.

They had the store set up for limited entry with a corridor made out of upside down carts

and a sign showing entry point

and tape marking 6′ intervals

Inside they had the floor marked


The store was well stocked except for paper products

not much chance of that

no thermometers either

We were able to leave at 12:45PM

Drove north into Nebraska on US-81 to I-80 then east on I-80.

Wind was as strong as yesterday, but driving was easier on 4 lane highways.

Stopped at Rest Area west of Lincoln

Went east to Omaha then onto I-29 and into Iowa. Went through Sioux City and into South Dakota.

Had to make an emergency stop for gas

don’t know why the mileage was so bad. Probably s combination of wind and generator. Stopped at $75.00.

Stopped for the night at Flying J in Sioux Falls. 24F when we got there at 7:30PM.

Had mixed vegetables, rice and chicken for dinner.

Watched Hawaii 50 and Blue Bloods