Got up and made coffee. Took Joy outside. Joy wanted to go in the house to see Vegas and Jersey
Watched Jay mow the lawn
Said good bye to everyone and headed out at about noon.
Headed north out of Cold Spring past Big Fish Lake to Avalon. Took I-94 to Alexandria. Just before the Alexandria Exit, the left hand lane was closed, causing a bottle neck. An idiot with ND plates speeded down the closed lane
There was a cop in the right lane
We stopped at Aldi
And Mill’s Fleet Farm
Filled with gas for $2.689 less 4 cent discount
Drove on to Moorhead and stopped at Menards.
As we crossed the bridge into ND, the sun came out and the clouds cleared.
Stopped at Stamart to dump tanks, first time since Deming, NM.
Drove on to Buxton, arriving home at 7:30 PM.
The sump pump had done a good job.
Made a pizza for dinner.
Left Alison’s at 11:00 AM. Overcast and cool, sprinkling a little
Drove up US-61 to US-10/I-94, I-35 and I-694 to Maple Grove. At first traffic was moderate and drivers were considerate
Then got into high traffic with construction and drivers wouldn’t let you change lanes
Stopped at Trader Joe’s
Got quite a few things including a pot of nice Basil plants, beer and Chianti
Getting onto I-94 from I-694 we ran into a traffic bottle neck
25 mph until St Michael exit
Drove into St Cloud and met my son Jay at Best Buy to shop for new laptop. He ended up buying an HP 2 in 1 for $699 at Office Depot.
Drove to Jay’s house in Cold Spring
Joy likes pool life
And relaxing at pool side
While brother Jay cleans pool with pool robot
Becky made delicious lasagna and garlic bread for dinner
After dinner we drove to their place on Big Fish lake
Had a local Third Street Brew House Minnesota Gold beer
The lake was calm and beautiful
Jay took us to neighbor’s lake side bar made out of old boat house
Nice outside patio and beautiful interior
Finished my beer and sampled his home made Rootbeer Schnappps
Drove back to motorhome at 10:15 PM
Spent the night at Waverly, IA Walmart parked next to a refer whose unit ran about 45 minutes out of every hour.
Weather prediction was for 11 mph, was actually gusting much higher.
Left Waverly at 9:00 AM. Took US-63. It started out as a nice 4 Lane divided highway. The last 60 miles or so in Iowa were some of the worst I’ve ever been on. Turned decent again in MN.
Got on US-52 at Rochester. Got to daughter Alison’s house at 1:30 PM.
Went see my best friend since the second grade, Gary and his wife Inez in River Falls, WI. Had a nice talk and great apple pie.
Got back to Hastings and visited with family. Joy played with Duke and Nala the dog and cat and Alison’s niece and nephew. Sean gave me a Two Heart beer.
Son in law Jimmy ordered in delicious Chinese food.
Talked more after dinner and went to bed about mid night.
Took motorhome into shop at 9:30 AM.
Parked in second stall
They were working on a large black Prevost motorhome
Took a drive to Muscatine, IA to kill time. Very interesting city on Mississippi River. HON office furniture is made there
Drove back through Wilton. Stopped at I-80 Welcome Center. There is an interesting sculpture there
Stopped at HWH to check on progress. Mechanic wasn’t around.
Drove 18 miles west on I-80 to West Branch, IA to eat and see Herbert Hoover’s birth place.
Herbert’s home is a National Park. Nice visitor center.
His home was very small
It was right next to his father’s blacksmith shop
We are at the Main Street Sweets on the main street
I had a hot dog
While I was eating, Ashley called and said everything was finished.
They had to replace a solenoid valve, a jack the broken threaded rod and synchronize the slide. Just over $600.
Hooked up and took off at 3:30 PM
Retraced our route down
Stopped at Waterloo Flying J for gas and then stopped for the night at Waverly, IA Walmart for the night
Ate dinner at Applebee’s next to Walmart. Had 2 for $22 steaks and $1 Margarita
Left Owatonna at 8:20 AM. Headed down I-35 to Iowa Welcome Center. Planned route with person at desk. I-35 to IA-27 to I-380 to I-80
Iowa Welcome Center
Stopped at Waterloo Flying J for gas
$2.53/gal and 5 cent Rewards Card Discount
Drove on through strong wind and heavy rain.
Got to HWH at 4:00 PM. Parked on west side of main building
Went to Tipton, IA Walmart 11 miles north on IA-38. Got frozen lasagna, water and ROKU Stick.
Cathy made lasagna in convection oven and I made salad.
Watched DirecTV for last time. Our subscription ends today.
Leaving at 3:15 PM for Moscow, IA to get slide fixed
Stopped at Cabela’s in Owatonna, MN for night at 11:30 PM
Lots of fog this morning. Got up at 6:30AM. It was extremely foggy and 39F. Went into Flying J and got coffee. Started the Equinox. Finally fog lifted enough to drive at 8:45AM.
Started seeing snow in the ditches 20 mi north of Sioux Falls.
Stopped at Watertown for Cappuccino
Drove on up I-29 with the help of my co-pilots
North Dakota greeted us with nasty weather
After 319 mi we arrived at the house in Buxton
Unhooked the Equinox and parked the Adventurer. The jacks wouldn’t go down. The rear slide did go out. The living room slide stayed in the motorhome the whole way.
Joy and I went over to Larry’s. Princess was staying in Grand Forks. Kitty Cat was very sociable. Joy slept while Larry & I watched TV
Finished off my Denny’s dinner from last night.
Rained all night. The overnight low was 47F. Overcast, but not raining when we got up. As we went north it got sunnier and warmer.
Walked Joy and ate breakfast at Braum’s. Cathy had a breakfast sandwich and I had biscuits and gravy.
I checked out the truck transports next to us
Headed north on I-35.
Had several toll stops.
Had to get some gas at Oceola, NB at Casey’s
So didn’t fill
Drove through Kansas and Nebraska on US-81 and into South Dakota at Yankton and on to I-90. There was a terrible wet fog on I-90, all the way to Sioux Falls.
Stopped at Flying J in Sioux Falls to fill with gas
Cheaper than Oceola
Parked for the night
Went in to Denny’s for something to eat
Cathy had breakfast
I had a Fry Pan Dinner
Watched Las Vegas Flip or Flop
Overcast and windy morning. Only got down to 51F overnight. 63F today in Sunset.
Made coffee and before I toasted a bagel, Carroll showed up with the Gator. He helped me dump tanks and fill water
Put everything away ready to leave. Played ball with Joy. Went down to house to say goof-bye.
Carroll opened the gate for us and we left at 1:45PM
Went out on CR 2898
It’s a beautiful drive to US-287. Took US-287 to Wichita Falls. Wanted to stop at Wichita Falls Flying-J, but couldn’t see how to get to it. Took I-44 to Oklahoma City. Stopped at Flying J and got gas
7 mpg on last tank
19 gal of propane at $3.29/gal
Took I-35 to Blackwell exit. Parked overnight at Braum’s.
Went in to eat
I had chili and Cathy a large cone
Will get at least one more meal from the chili
Watched Hart to Hart
Bright sunny morning. Overnight low of 40F and high of 77F.
Just had coffee and cookies this morning. Got RV ready for slide work. Mobile RV Mechanic showed up at 10:30AM. He brought a helper named James who is an oil field mechanic.
Motor went in easily. When we tried retracting the slide, only the front would come in. Called and texted HWH, the manufacturer. Got a text response. After several hours, it is I think, road worthy. The slide is strapped in place, but did creep out about 1″.
Finished about 5:30PM.
Decided to get take out at Burger King, only a few miles away
Had Whoppers and Chicken Jr sandwiches
Passed oil wells on way back
View of Carroll and Roxanne’s Justice Ranch from entrance
Finished day getting ready to leave tomorrow.
Three years ago we were in Boulder CO at Kathryn and Erik’s wedding.