About noon I started the furnace in the motor home and set it to 72F. Dug the power cord out of the snow. Cleaned out my wardrobe in the motor home and added a shelf for shoes. Turned on the motor home refrigerator. Started the motor home engine, fired right up.
Tomorrow I will move the motor home to the front drive and change the oil. Will mount the car top carrier on top of the Jeep Cherokee and load it and the Cherokee.
We plan on leaving Sunday January 3, 2016. We plan on leaving about noon and driving to Bismarck where we will spend the night. Monday morning we will drive on to Gillette, Wyoming.
I will post as we get ready to leave. We took down the Christmas decorations today. I am working trying to make room for the Hyundai in the garage.
Will probably start the heat in the Adventurer today. Friday or Saturday we will bring it around to the drive way in the front of the house to load. I have to change the oil, so will do that as soon as it is moved.
Temperature now, Tuesday December 29, 2015 4:30PM is 14F. Supposed to get into the 20’s starting tomorrow. The weather is looking good for traveling through Wyoming, Utah and Nevada next week.
Perfect clear sunny morning. Over night low was 45F. Wind out of the south. High in Buxton in the afternoon was 64F.
We went in for the breakfast buffet at the casino. It was $8.95ea. It was a good buffet, but they didn’t have bacon. They did have sausage patties and links. They made custom omelets. Cathy had an omelet. I had biscuits and gravy, sausage patties and links, eggs and hash browns.
Took off after breakfast for Fargo. We got to Fargo at 12:00PM. Stopped at Mill’s Fleet Farm and filled with gas for $2.20/gal. Went to Menard’s to get current flyer. Stopped at Stamart to fill with propane, but they didn’t have anyone certified to fill.
Got to Buxton at 3:00PM. Larry helped us move the Brave over to his driveway. It was too muddy to park the Adventurer next to the Brave. Got the Adventurer in place and moved the 125 gallon propane tank closer so that it connected to Adventurer. With the Adventurer in the north side spot, the 50 amp electrical cable wouldn’t reach. Had to use a 30 amp extension cable to get it powered up. Hooked up satellite cable and leveled the motor home.
The Adventurer at Home
Went in to see how the house looked. iIt looks real nice with flooring and paint.
Took Joy over to Larry’s to play. Larry gave them each a chew bone. They just concentrated on the bones and didn’t do much playing. We had taken them in our house and they had a good time running around in there.
A nice, but cool morning in Salina. Low over night was 34F. It was a clear sunny day as we started out. As the day progressed it became partly sunny and windy. At the end of the day it cleared up. It was about 70F for most of the day. Winds were around 30 mph out of the north. Ruined our mileage, only got 5.6 mpg.
We stopped for gas about 70 miles from Salina at Concordia, KS. We stopped at a Conoco and payed $2.28/gal. We took US-81 and I-135. We got to the South Dakota Visitor Center at 3:30PM. It was 70F there. They have a very nice section of the Visitor Center for selling South Dakota products. On the hill they have a sign about US-81 being part of the Pan American highway stretching from Winnepeg to the tip of South America, 17,000 miles long.
Went up US-81 from Yankton to US-18 and then across to I-29. Filled up at Flying J in Sioux Falls for $2.25/gal. Drove another 104 miles to Dakota Sioux Casino for a total of 480 miles and 11 hours for the day.
I set up the motor home while Cathy went in to register. Turns out you don’t have to register any more.
Our Site at Dakota Sioux Casino
By the time I got in there, it was too late for the buffet which ends at 9:00PM. We ate in the Deli. Cathy had a chicken sandwich for $5.00 and I had chili for $1.50. Mine was a good deal, Cathy’s not so much. There was nothing on the sandwich. The person at the counter said next time to order it as Deluxe and you will get every thing on it.
Went back and walked Joy. No real TV reception here. This should be our last night on the road.
It was nice this morning. Over night low was 46F. I got things cleaned up and emptied the tanks and pulled in the power cord by 9:30AM. Walked Joy and we left at 9:45AM. The high for the day in Salina was 76F.
Stopped in Wichita Falls, TX for gas. I had planned on stopping at Flying J, but they didn’t have a sign and it wasn’t clear which exit to take. Took the exit after Flying J, intending to drive back, but a Stripe station at the exit had gas 3 cents cheaper than Flying J. Filled up. Checked the rear passenger tire on the Jeep. It was down to 20#. There was a place to fill with air at the Stripe station, but no way to maneuver the Jeep to it without unhooking. Drove on and stopped at the Oklahoma Visitor Center. There was an air dispenser there, so filled up.
It was nice and clear all day, very sunny, but a lot of wind out of the east. Stopped at the Kansas Visitor Center and got a McDonalds hamburger and fries. Decided to stop in Salina, KS for the night. Got to the Walmart in Salina at 8:00PM. A 442 mile, 10 hour day.
Joy slept all day and hasn’t really moved since we parked here in Salina. I think she is still worn out from the last two days at Carrol and Roxanne’s.
I went in to Walmart, got a 28 pack of 20 oz drinking water, some RV toilet paper, cookies and glazed donuts for the morning. also got some Dove bars for desert tonight.
It was foggy this morning. Over night low was 44F. It got up to 72F this afternoon. At first it was partly cloudy and then clear with no wind. Pretty much a perfect day.
Walked Joy around the RV park. There are 82 sites, mostly all pull through and all are full hookups. There are two shower/laundry rooms. One in the middle of the park that is closed and one at the office building.
About 11:30AM Carrol and Roxanne came to pick us up. They had their two year old granddaughter Charlotte with them. Charlotte and Joy immediately took to each other. When we got to the house they really had a good time and they played hard.
Charlotte and Joy
We all sat on the porch and watched Joy and Charlotte, some Cardinals, Blue Herons and other birds. I was finishing off the Chianti from yesterday.
View from Porch
It was very relaxing. The only thing keeping it from being really perfect was the faint skunk odor.
Sitting on the Porch
Carrol steamed a pound of shrimp and we ate that with cocktail sauce. It really hit the spot.
At about 4:00PM, Tracy, Charlotte’s mother came with her brother Ben. Ben, Charlotte and Joy had a good time.
Roxanne made a sausage noodle hot dish, with mixed vegetables and mixed fruit for dinner. After dinner Carrol made both regular and decaf coffee.
Tracy and the kids left for Fort Worth. We sat and watched Fox News. At about 9:30PM Carrol and Roxanne brought us home. I don’t think Joy wanted to leave their house where she could run free and have such a good time.
We will be starting for home in the morning and should get their Saturday.
Still over cast and cool this morning. The over night low was 46F. It was overcast all day and the sun started to peak through late in the afternoon. High in Sunset was 57F.
We got going about 11:00AM. Took FM51 from Weatherford to Decatur. A distance of 47 miles. We then headed to Alvord to find an RV park. We stopped at the A-1 RV park just south of Alvord. It was very wet, nobody was in the office and it was $35/night. They also had a lot of rules pasted on the windows. We decided to try the RV park in Sunset. It was mostly dry with pull through sites and they take Passport America. The cost was $12.50/night. Washing, drying and showers are free. It is full hookups with both 30 and 50 amp electric.
Shortly after we got set up Cathy’s cousin Carrol and wife Roxanne picked us up and took us to their home on 90 acres a few miles from Sunset.
Carrol and Roxanne’s House
When we drove through their gate we saw a large skunk with a very wide white stripe. After we got to the house, Carrol went back and shot the skunk.
Joy had a great time running through the large house and running free outside.
I enjoyed drinking wine, a Merlot, and watching Fox News cover the Hillary email affair. Cathy talked to Carrol and Roxanne about family. Carrol took Joy outside a couple of times.
Roxanne spotted another skunk out side and Carrol went out an shot it, that one we could smell. The vultures were on it immediately.
I took Joy for a walk up the drive. She found an Armadillo that Carrol had shot and the buzzards had picked clean so only the shell remained.
Roxanne made enchiladas for dinner. They were really good. She also had made some cookies for after dinner. Carrol made decaf and brought out a bottle of Chianti for me.
They brought us back to the motor home about 9:00PM. Joy ate all her food in a hurry. Cathy and I caught up on email.