The Oregon Trail… Westward Ho’

image 2,000 miles to go…

From Saturday through Friday we travel from Minneapolis to Remote, Oregon.

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We encounter rain, snow, sleet, and warm sun-filled days, ever- changing landscapes, and 2 misadventures.

Our first misadventure happens on Saturday before we cross over to South Dakota. We hear banging noises of shifting storage contents coming from somewhere. I inspect all of the cabinets and closets. Jeff suspects his guitar is banging against his closet door, but that does not seem to be the case. Fellow RV drivers pass us and start pointing up to the roof so we pull into a rest area and Jeff climbs up onto the roof to inspect it. The only thing he notices is the awning over the main slide is crumpled and loose. We continue on our way but the banging and warnings from truckers and RVers continues. I look for the nearest RV service along our route, and that happens to be in Sioux Falls, SD. Unfortunately the  Service Department is closed. Fortunately the General Manager is available. The only solution is to cut off the awning material that unrolls with the slide to protect its roof. The GM informs us that the awning is unnecessary, especially with high winds. And we have experienced many a day and night with high winds! We are forever grateful to Spader’s RV Center!!!!!

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We continue to Plankinton, South Dakota to spend the night, wondering what happened to the beautiful weather in Minneapolis.

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And baby, it’s cold outside! The next day we enter Wyoming and slush accumulates on the windshield.

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And then the skies slowly blossom into blue…

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The next day, however, brings more icy Wyoming weather…

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until blue skies start peeking through the clouds in Montana.

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We wake up in Bozeman and the scenery just keeps getting better…

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all the way into and almost through northern Idaho!

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