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.
David and I left everyone behind as we headed out to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We had to get to Costco to pick up my Cymbalta. We figured we could get there and pick it up, then meet the rest of our caravan on Highway 90.
As we were getting back on the highway from the hotel I could see the Missouri River. We were well on our way by 7:40.
This was supposed to be the day of seeing new things. Well at least for some of us. Our friends, Steve and Nancy, had told us about this really cool place called Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Since we were kind of going to be in the area because we were going to Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse we thought we could squeeze it in too.
Well if you have been following along you would have noticed that things don’t seem to always go as planned for us.