January 17, 2015 Bismarck, ND to Gillette, WY

Warm in Bismarck this morning, 38F. My friend Gary and his wife Inez picked us up at 9:30AM and took us to breakfast at Perkins. Talked mostly about our various health issues.

Gary and Inez       Gary and Inez

I finally got hold of my sister Judy, her phone was on silent. We went up to see her and Cary and their new addition Meme. Joy played with another of Judy’s Dachshunds, Money and Meme, but didn’t have  time to really get into playing.

Meme                    Meme

We left Judy’s at 12:30PM and headed west against WNW winds of 35 to 45 mph, gusting to over 50 mph. We stopped at the Freeway 147 Travel Center just west of Mandan. They have a Flying J sign, but it only pertains to the diesel truck side. I didn’t get a gas discount, but he gave me a free cup of coffee. Payed $1.99/gal.

On the way west to US-85 we passed the Enchanted Highway “Flight of Birds” sculpture. It is the largest free standing metal sculpture in the world.

Flight of Birds        Flight of Birds Sculpture

We turned on to US-85 at Belfield. We caught the Slope County  Deputy sleeping in his car.

Slope County Sheriff's Car in Amidon Slope County Sheriff’s Car in Amidon

We stayed on US-85 until Spearfish and then headed west into Wyoming past Sundance to Gillette, WY. We got to the Walmart in Gillette at 7:40PM Mountain Time. There was already another North Dakota motor home parked there. We parked and noticed a Dicky’s BBQ right beside us. Walked over and got two Saturday Specials, beef brisket with two sides and drink for $8.99 each. We will each get another meal out of it.

Gillette Walmart           Parked at Gillette Walmart

We Finally Got on the Road

At 5:30PM we finally got going. We had a strong east wind and slightly slippery road on I-29. When we got to I-94, the wind shifter to the south and the road continued slippery.

Hooked Up and Ready to Go  Hooked Up & Ready to Go

A couple of miles east of Sterling, the towed vehicle lights on the Jeep started flashing. Stopped at Sterling and found theat the cable had dropped down to the highway. Spliced it and got on our way.

We finally got to the Bismarck Rock Island Place Walmart at 10:45PM. Cathy made us salads. After eating I went into Walmart to get a few things. One of the things we needed was small paper bowls. They didn’t have any and looked like they never do.  Finally getting ready for bed at 12:40AM.

Rock Island Pl Walmart Bismarck   Parked at Rock Island Pl. Walmart

Almost Ready to go

It took us a little longer than we planned to get the garage cleaned up, but it looks like we will leave Friday the 16th of January.

Slight set back this afternoon. Our handicapped son had to go to the emergency room. Tests and every thing look fine.  He has 99.8 degree temperature. He is very sad to see us leave.

We finally have a working furnace in the new house. Now that the furnace is in they will start to do the taping. While the weather is nice they will try to get the siding done.

I was able to dump the holding tank, but still have to fill the water tomorrow. A few things to put in the Cherokee and motor home. Also some things to take out of the motor home that we’ve used while living in it.

House 1-15-15          House 1-15-15

We will be stopping in Bismarck to see my oldest friend Gary Arman. We’ve known each other since 1st grade, finished high school together and went to Europe for a year together. We will then head west on I-94 to Belfield and then south on US-85 to Spearfish, then west to Gillette, WY then to Casper, WY, then to Provo, UT, then to Las Vegas, then to Quartzsite, AZ. Hope to get there on Monday.

2015 Travel BLOG

We are starting with a new BLOG this year.  We hope to begin our travels  Sunday January 11th.

We started building a new house by demolishing our old house Friday October 17th. It only took about 45 minutes to demolish and 6 hours the next day Saturday to haul it away. Then about 2 hours on Sunday to dig the foundation.

Although we have had cold weather, every thing fell into place and we now have a house totally enclosed, roof finished, wiring and plumbing roughed in and furnace in place.

We have been living in the motor home since the demolition. We have been down to -14F. We had a cleanout installed in the sewer so have been able to dump. We have to haul water from a neighbor across the street. We are going to see -20F or lower in the next 4 or 5 days.

we will try to post every day once we start. Will post our problems and progress as we get ready to leave.