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

and

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

Thursday 4-2-20 Guymon, NM to Concordia, KS

Stayed warm overnight. Low was 47F. Cloudy and windy this morning. Temp in Concordia, KS 44F at 6:00PM.

Got up made coffee and toasted a bagel.

Walked Joy. Went into Walmart and bought Black Cartridge for printer. Printed route for today.

Left Guymon at 10:00AM. Headed north on US-54 into Kansas. 40mph wind from the side. Roads smooth compared to I-40.

Stopped in Garfield in front of an elevator to let Joy go for a walk. Cathy took her out and a large dog attacked Joy and grabbed her by the back. Somebody came to help, but Cathy hurt a finger. Joy didn’t seem to get hurt.

Continued on US-283 and US-56 until I-70. Stopped at Flying J in Salina. Gas was $1.699

or $1.649 with discount

Had to do two transactions with the $100 limit

and

Bought some chicken tenders, coffee and Snickers Ice Cream bars. They had to have someone to serve at the Self Serve Coffee Bar because of local Covid-19 ordinance.

Decided to stop at Walmart in Concordia 48 miles north on US-81.

Got to Concordia at 6:30PM. Only drove 287 hard miles today. Parked at Walmart and checked out Equinox. Everything was fine.

Had the chicken tenders, potato salad and wine for dinner.

Watched CBS sitcoms.

Wednesday 4-1-20 Gallup, NM to Guymon, OK

Overcast day, but warm. Overnight low in Gallup was 43F, however the motorhome was 58F when I got up. Albuquerque was 70F as we went through. Guymon was 70F at 11:00PM.

Got up and went out and started Equinox. Every thing was normal.

Toasted a bagel and made coffee.

Walked Joy.

We left the Gallup Walmart at 9:30AM. We headed east on I-40. We stopped at the Flying J at MM-40

The gas was $1.849 after discount

almost got it done in one transaction

had to pump a couple more gallons.

Stopped at Rest Area at MM207. They have a corral

Weren’t many trucks. I started the Equinox

Headed east to Tucumcari, NM. Stopped at Flying J

Gas was cheaper at $1.749

Filled with a single transaction

Got chicken tenders and tea for dinner.

Started out of Flying J and the cell phone lost the GPS satellites. Found US-54 on my own.

Headed north through about 60 miles of NM and then about 60 mi of TX.

Stopped in the Oklahoma Panhandle at the Walmart in Guymon, OK

Tried the jack’s, but they didn’t work. Put the bedroom slide out, it did work. Hopefully it will go back in.

Started the Equinox and let it run for awhile.

Watched the ND weather and news on KRRV and WDAY. Doesn’t look good for tomorrow. 8 to 12″ of snow and colder.

Tuesday 3-31-20 We Get to Gallup, NM

Overcast, but nice this morning in Lake Havasu City. Overnight low was 58F. It stayed warm as we headed east to Flagstaff where it was 63F and Gallup where it was 64F at 10:30PM.

Got up made coffee and ate peanut butter cookies. I was out of bagels. Cathy walked Joy. At 9;00AM we went into Lake Havasu City. Stopped first at 99 Cent Only

bought a lot of nice produce, cookies and candy

this will be our last trip until next year.

Stopped at Walmart

and got water, frozen vegetables, coffee, Rootbeer and meat

Headed back to motorhome and hooked up the Equinox.

Headed up AZ-95 to the intersection with I-40. Stopped at the Pilot and filled with gas

$2.359 after the discount

it took 35.28 gal. We had driven 248 mi

Headed east on I-40

Ran into a traffic slow down in Flagstaff

slot of vehicles behind us

We stopped at Meteor Crater Rest Area

Hit a big bump getting into Rest Area and radio went out

Got to Walmart in Gallup about 9:00PM. Had rice and vegetables with steak and coleslaw for dinner.

Cathy took Joy for a walk and noticed parking lights on Equinox were on. I went out to turn them off and it acted strange also wouldn’t start. I put the battery charger on it and am running generator in motorhome to charge the battery.

Monday 3-30-20 Leave Fort Irwin – Stop at Lone Tree BLM

Another perfect day at Fort Irwin. No clouds and no wind. Overnight low was 48F. Although we weren’t there the high was 74F. High at Lake Havasu City, where we ended up was 76F.

Got up, made coffee and toasted a bagel. Moved some more things around in motorhome. Filled the fresh water tank and extra 2.5 gal container

Kathryn said we could come at 10:30AM. Drove over there. They live on a nice street in Sandy Basin

this is the street

There is a playground across the street

This is their house

While Cathy took a shower, I went to fill water bottles at convenience store

Got 3 gallons

Went back to Kathryn’s and said good bye

Got the tow bar on the Equinox

Pulled in the slides and raised the Jack’s

Backed up the motorhome and dumped the holding tanks

Hitched up the Equinox and headed out

Drove past the front gate at 1:00PM

the Visitor Center

down Fort Irwin Road

past southern perimeter of Fort Irwin

On to I-15 and turned south at Yermo to cross over to I-40

Drove to second Rest Area and stopped to walk Joy and check Internet

Joy peed and checked things out

Drove past Needles and into Arizona. Turned south at MM-9 onto AZ-95. Drove a few miles south to BLM Lone Tree 14 day area. Really, beautiful and where we stayed in January

Made Chef’s Salads for dinner

Watched Laura Ingram and then ABC News Prime. Couldn’t get ND channels.

Sunday 3-29-20 Got Motorhome Ready to Go

Crummy day. Cloudy, 20 mph wind and cool. Overnight low was 42F. The high today was 64F, but didn’t warm up until late afternoon when the sun came out. It was calm after dark.

Watched the Sunday Fox News shows and Governor Cuomo press conference.

Finished the radio cable

and installed the radio in the dash

Made sure it powered up, but didn’t go any farther.

Watched the NASCAR iRace, a virtual race at the Texas track. Timmy hill won.

Vacuumed and dried things away. Moved a lot of things to basement compartment.

About 5:00PM went over to Kathryn’s. She asked me to bring the Dolce Gusto coffee maker. They had to send theirs in for repair.

Took a shower.

Erik made Beef Stroganoff and Asparagus for dinner

AJ wouldn’t eat either, even when bribed with candy

Watched “Skin Walker Ranch” on History Channel and “Corona Virus II – John Oliver.”

All three Olsen’s were busy with digital devices

Went back to motorhome and watched Fox News.