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Inching my way south

Saturday, 19 October 2013

When I got up this morning, it was raining, and the wind was blowing.  I checked my weather sites, and finally decided I’d give it a go to get a little further south.  For a change of pace, I actually had a tail wind for about 100 miles.  I was happy as a clam as I seemed to fly down I-29.  There were a few sprinkles along the way, but no torrential downpours.

About fifty miles down the road, I needed to clean the front windshield from the dirty stuff kicked up by passing 18 wheelers.  So, I hit the windshield washer button, and things were fine for about two swipes of the windshield.  Then the damn wiper on the passenger’s side went bonkers once again.  It stayed on the arm, but just like this spring, the metal arm began scraping on the glass.  They are both brand new blades and holders, so I just don’t get it.  I stopped at a rest area to tape the blasted thing together.  I sure hope I don’t have to use it again.  Baring teeth smile

About 40 miles outside of Sioux Falls, the winds shifted and I ended up with high winds directly on my right side.  It was a bit of white knuckle time as I made it the last 50 miles to my chosen stop for the night.  I found Countryside Campground, which is within spitting distance of I-29, last spring when I got stopped by severe winds.  It’s an easy gas stop for me which is high on my list, and there’s a full hook-up campground for $25/night.  I was set up for the night by 1:00 in the afternoon with only about 150 miles traveled, but I’m just not comfortable driving in high winds.  At least there’s no snow in the forecast for tonight.

I’ve looked at several forecasts for tomorrow, and I’m hoping to take advantage of a very small window in the morning before the winds return to the 30 mph stage.  My plan will only take me a little over 90 miles further, but at this point a little progress south is better than nothing.  I just may end up at a casino to park tomorrow.  Never done that before.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

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