The whole point of the crappy RV park was so we could turn the air on during the day for the animals. We've got 4 animals with us and they've got too stay somewhat cool. Now before you go judgin', let me tell you we are not totally nutty people. It's not like we sat at home and said " Let's get 4 animals for the trip!" followed by maniacal laughter. We had these guys and then the idea of the trip came up. I voted to get rid of two of them. Katie voted for me to keep my mouth shut and keep them all. Guess who won?
Anywho, we roll out in Shirley bright and early to go see Teddy's park. I'm not going to bore you with stats and figures about anywhere we go. There are plenty of good places for you to find that. This is a commentary, an opinion page if you will. This place wasn't created by Teddy, but created to honor the man. After strolling through the visitor center and reading up on this guy I had a realization. Teddy Roosevelt was a real bad ass dude. He's got my respect for the things he's done. In fact, makes me feel kind of useless that my life hasn't added up to a fraction of what he did. Wait for it..... I'm over it. So we drive Shirley though some cool looking dirt canyons and do a little bit of hiking.
We did some short hikes because of the heat. Today was a balmy 97° ( see that cool degree symbol? Yeah, I did that) The 36 mile scenic drive loop was cool. Glad we made the stop.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher. High temp of 100° in the early afternoon. We are going to take the gamble and leave early in the morning. This should give Roo some cool air and a chance to make up some ground. We want to be in Alaska by the end of July, but there are a few more stops on the way. We have our camping spots picked out and don't plan on paying for a place to stay for a few days. Tomorrow we will run the generator and hope it doesn't overheat in the hot weather while running our AC units. Toodles, ta-ta, see you later.
New Salem, ND- Wibaux, MT
Happenings from 7/3/17... fell behind a little
This seems to be a reoccuring thing around here. North Dakota= big ass statues of animals. So we're looking at the map trying to figure out where to go next and we see a little marker that says Salem Sue. The largest New Holstein cow in the world. We have to stop. Not even an option. Of course this time we were smart enough to just take the jeep since it was twenty miles away.
After Sue we hit the road running. Our intent was to get all the way from new salem ND to Wibaux MT. We had made reservations to stay at this beautiful place two days ago. The flat land turned into rolling hills on the west side of North Dakota. The rolling hills then turned into short steep grades. It was 90 degrees out and Roo was feeling the stress. The manufacturers of this fine home on wheels were smart enough to put in a temp guage with no numbers. Just a C for cold and H for hot with a few lines in between. I imagine it was so that non-motor savvy people don't look down and get paranoid by seeing bigger numbers. But how hot is too hot? Here's a quick engine lesson for you guys. This thing has a 5.9 cummins turbo. It's pushing 30k lbs up a steep hill at 60 mph. Basically we were working this little engine to it's max. I watched the needle climb and drop climb and drop. Then it got to the 3/4 mark and I thought.... maybe we should pull over. FLASH! Idiot light for the temp comes on. My heart drops. We can't afford any repairs. No jobs, no friends or family near by, no place to work on this thing myself. We pulled over at the next way side.
After she cools down we hit the road again. Much more gingerly this time. We slowly make our way to Wibaux MT. Just west of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to stay for a couple days at an RV park. Time to fill up with water, wash our clothes, and run the AC. We pulled into this grand palace called the Beaver Valley Haven RV park. What a dump. Picture this... your family bought an RV park and worked their ass off to make it nice. Then the parents died, the kids took it over, they got divorced, and now 2nd husband Jake and the wife Berta are running the joint into the ground. After we set up we literally found goat crap laying around the campsites. But hey, it was $30 bucks a day and that's cheap compared to the next town over asking $50.
Woke up this morning to the fine town of Bemidji MN. We boondocked (slept in the RV for free with no water/elec/sewer... you know what? Last time I'm telling you.) at the fine chain of Wal-Mart stores. Let's face it, 100% of people reading this have shopped or do shop at Wal-Mart. All jokes aside it's a great one stop shop store that has everything you want at a low low price. However, there are some down sides. This particular place felt like it was filled with people from the bottom of the gene pool.
And now for your entertainment here is the largest buffalo in the world. A 60 ton behemoth made from solid concrete complete with reproductive organs.
After leaving Jamestown ND, we continued west to Sweet Briar Lake about 30 miles west of Bismarck. This place is friggin awesome. We are allowed to park and camp for up to 14 days for free. No hookups though... this is boondocking at its finest.
Tomorrow we pack up and head further west. Now some of you may be thinking, " These people don't have jobs and are traveling across the country at break neck speed. Who do they think they are?" Well to answer that conundrum let me explain something to you. We grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota looks real damn close. North Dakota is nothing but telephone poles and farm fields.We'll be slowing down soon enough, so long as there is something worth slowing down for.
I'm just a guy, with a wife, a dog, and three cats. Watch us travel the country.
Months of travel
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