We got up at 5:45 and 16 degrees. We decided we wouldn’t leave until totally light.
We left at 8:28. It was clear, sunny and very windy.
The wind is terrible with gust up to 70 mph. The wind has caused us to slide many times. Once again I thank God that David is an old, Alaskan school bus driver.
It keeps saying that our next highway is closed 30 miles from Rawlins. We just keep going, no way we are turning back. David is driving about 35 mph. He is fighting the wind all the way.
We got to Muddy Gap Junction. The wind was so bad there I actually thought it would blow us over. Harrison was so scared he actually cried. He doesn’t like the wind blowing the motorhome. David went into the gas station and the guy told him the road was open, so we headed out.
We crossed the Continental Divide at 1:05 at a 6720 feet. A few minutes later we hit the road closer. I am glad we weren’t in our car because we could get comfortable to wait. We were finally on the move at 3:32. The wind and roads are not good. There was even an Amazon truck that slid off the road.
Getting out of the Continental Divide Basin we were up to 7114 feet. We got to Rawlins at 4:20.
We stopped for gas but it wouldn’t take cards. David forgot our gas cap there but didn’t realize until we were on I80. Soon as we got on I80 I saw a Flying J. It was so packed we could hardly find a place for the night. We were gassed up and settled in by 6.
Harrison was so scared he ended up in our bed. He has never done that before.
Of course, it was a very intense day for us and lots of prayers. We only made it 218 miles.
I will add more photos when I can, the internet here is too weak to upload. I will do it when I can.
I woke up at 5 and it was 23 degrees and snowing. David got up soon after me and took Harrison out. He said there was about 4 to 6 inches of snow. He also talked to the snowplow guy and he told us the road was only for necessary travel which we were not. If we want to go the other way it’s worse because that one was closed. He told us to watch the 511 that they kept it updated.
We kept watching the snow fall. I was watching the 511 maps. At noon we decided we better stay another night here at the Sagebrush RV Park. We thought that would be the safest since we wouldn’t be traveling that far and we weren’t sure where the next RV stop was.
David and I cleaned the RV good. We played games. It was a relaxing afternoon. Until David decided it would be a good idea to shovel the driveway and around the RV. The sun is out now and it has stopped snowing. Hopefully, we will be able to leave in the morning.
We even have icicles.
When we stayed at the Diamond A we bought some Pemmican that one of the daughters makes. It was wonderful. You can order it at the store.
We stopped so early that we were in bed by 7:45. I couldn’t keep my eyes opened.
We were up by 5 and on the road by 6:15. It is cold this morning 19 degrees. We stopped for gas at 6:37. Gas was $3.04 a little more than our last stop. I decided to stink up their bathroom instead of ours. We left at 7:02.
The temperature is still dropping. As the sun comes up at 7:30 it is 16. At 7:40 it is 14 degrees. By 8:17 it is 12 degrees.
We are having to keep the stove top going to stay warm. The windows are icing up on the inside. We have to keep scraping them. The flat Ole hippies are not sure of this.
Then the sun came out.
The temperature keeps drops 16 to 14 to 12 degrees.
David’s plan of setting the cruise control 65mph is saving us around a gallon a mile.
We stopped to warm up at 9:15. The back heater is working so we can go back there to thaw our feet. I heated up some apple cider. David took Harrison for a nice walk. We left again at 10:08.
We crossed in Minnesota at 10:31. That is seven states now. Then it hit 10 degrees but when we turned west it started to warm up. It is now 18.
At noon it was 25 degrees. We are really having a heat wave now. We stopped to warm up again. It was 28 at 12:42pm. David has this great idea to cover the vents in front with duct tape because they have cold air coming out of them. We get back on the road then.
By 1:15 as we crossed into South Dakota it was 30 degrees. It was also nice in the camper to. That is number eight for us now.
We decided to stay at a Harvest Host tonight. We found one not far from the highway called Diamond A Cattle Company in Pukwana, SD. We got here about 3:40. Found where to park and plug in.
The owner came by when she got back from town. We paid her $20 for the electric. We also got some summer sausage and pemmican that one of her daughters made. That is one of the cool things about Harvest Host.
Harrison was enjoying the outdoors but we enjoyed the beautiful sunset.
We went 498.4 miles today. We will get to see Mount Rushmore tomorrow.
There has been a lot happening here since I last wrote. I went to Friday morning mass to see Maria serve. I bowed in front of the alter and went to turn. As I turned my foot came out of my sandal, then down I went. It all happened like I was in slow motion. I was trying to grab the pew with one hand. The other hand went behind me to try to catch myself. I fell on the ball of my hand. I went home and David left for work. I took the neighbor shopping but when we got home my hand was killing me. David got me to the doctor. I broke my wrist, to be exact it is a scaphoid fracture in the wrist. I had to wear a splint for a week and a half. Now I am in a cast that keeps my thumb from moving. It will come off on January 12 when we get home.
I had to finish making the Christmas presents which was kind of hard with one hand. They are all done and ready to go.
We went to pick up our motorhome, Merida, and it wouldn’t start. David ended up replacing all 3 batteries. What a difference it made.
I got her loaded up yesterday with some help from Christina and Maria. We just have a few things to load today before we leave on our trip to spend Christmas with Sarah and Steve’s family. Also, Cade and his daughter, Brodie, will be moving back to York with us.
We are excited about our long trip. We will be making some side trips to checkout different things. The first main stop will be Mount Rushmore. It will take us a couple days to get there. We don’t want to drive to long, 6 to 8 hours a day is what we are trying to do. Of course, if we see something to go check out it might be shorter or longer.
We took Maria camping for a few days at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. After missing our turn and going way out of our way we got turned around and found the entrance. We found our spot and set up camp.