It's hot. Real hot. We knew it was coming and hit the ground early today. By 0730 we were rolling through the far southeastern corner of Montana heading for North Dakota. I didnt' even grab breakfast. Katie was kind enough to feed me on the go.
I was on the throttle hard charging towards Newell lake SD to beat the heat. The whole goal was to be off the road by 11am so Roo didn't have to work too hard. I had cleaned the radiator and charge air cooler off ( radiator for the turbo) last night in hopes it would offer some relief. We arrived at the lake and it was 91°. A quick turn left took us down a gravel road. Three cattle guards and two miles later we arrived at the flowage that was damned up into a lake.... and then we saw it. That stupid sign we see everywhere "NO CAMPING". The illustrious sign then even went so far as to taunt us. Overnight park use allowed for " hunting, fishing boating". So we could park a truck and trailer overnight no problem. RV you say? Get the hell out of here.
Depressed and hot we needed something to cure our woes. Warmed up some tacos and made a plan. Well, I made a plan. Katie took a nap. Pointed south our epic journey continued. The heat continued to rise and Roo was feeling the stress. Thirty miles outside of Sturgis my nerves caved and we pulled over. Roo was running hot again and we can't afford to take any chances. Shirley was unhooked and free to drive herself. Katie piloted the red girl as we made the 50 mile stretch to Cabela's in Rapid City SD.
Now, I'm not typically one to plug stores or products. Let me just say Cabela's is awesome. They have a sign that points to the overnight parking spot specifically for RV's. They have free fresh water, and a dump station that is $5, or free with a store purchase. So here we sit. The generator humming away and burning diesel to run the AC. It's not the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but damnit it's hot.