Woke up to temps in the upper 40s, but sunny and nearly cloudless. It was time to add another stamp to the “places I’ve camped” map on the side of the trailer. So exciting!
I did a few housekeeping things, then started to hitch up. Unfortunately, I was at an angle as it was another curved site with lots of trees at the edge. And in a near disaster, the camera I use to see the hitch hadn’t been charged and died.
I had to hitch without being able to see; there were a few moments of despair and imagining I’d need someone to come lift the trailer into a better position, but with sheer determination I got it hitched! Another challenge met. Pics of the campground (site 115):
I left the campground around 10:30. Before an hour had passed, I’d pulled over. I’d spied an intriguing place–the Lewis and Clark Interpretive center. It’s near Mandan. I decided not to pay the fee to wander the interior, as I felt like I was losing time on the road. But I did grab a few pics of the impressive statue outside the center and some horses on the grounds.
I got back on the road and made my way to I-94. Now, the posted speed limit was 75 for cars, 65 for trucks. I drove 60 most of the way, but some 65. North Dakota is a Plains state, with wide open spaces and a good amount of wind. At one point, nearing the Western border, a gust hit me on the side so hard that Rory and the trailer were pushed into the left lane. Luckily no one was there, but it was a wake up call. I slowed to 60 again and had no issues.
As I neared the Montana border, I saw another place to pull over–it is an overlook within the South Unit of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. There is semi/RV parking as well as for cars. I made a beeline for it–I’d been driving over 3 hours at that point–and the views were spectacular.
I finally got back in Rory and pushed on into Montana…where the posted speed limit for ALL vehicles is the same: 80.
Well, this girl ain’t going 80. Way too much speed, and bad things happen when you’re going too fast. I kept it at 65. There is a speed minimum of 55; at least I’m above that.
I drove over 6 hours today, made it to Miles City KOA and took Rory for a bath. The bugs are just all over. The fifth wheel cap has a ton of dead bugs too, but I can’t do anything about them…yet.
I went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner–it was very bland and had way too much cheese. I miss spice. I should know by now that most people wouldn’t know good Mexican if it bit them. I keep hoping…
Time for bed. Another 350 miles to go tomorrow. I may not be able to post, as my site will have no electricity. But I’m hoping for some good pictures of the confluence of three rivers to form the Missouri. Hope everyone is still enjoying my blog. Any questions or things you are curious about? Ask below!