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Old 06-12-2015, 05:25 AM   #11
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Sounds like a great trip but I'm confused, because the first pics and the later pics look like a different trailer. What am I missing?
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:03 AM   #12
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Passenger side vs. drivers side ???
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:27 AM   #13
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tdk2765 and Filthy-Beat, the picture looks funny because it came upside down and I used my photo editor to flip it. I.e., looks funny because I don't know much about pictures.

DAY 2

Day 2 was a travel day west across Indiana and Illinois and a little over half way across Iowa. The weather was better: no strong winds and some light rain, no thunderstorms. The truck continues to do great, and fuel economy was back to normal at 11.2 mpg. The route was I-80 skirting Chicago. My wife said the five lanes with lots of traffic was nerve-wracking (picture below). We did not practice on roads like these earlier because we don’t have any around us in northwestern Pennsylvania. At any rate, although not an enjoyable drive, worked through fine. A longer day; 385 miles. My wife and son said the KOA campground last night was fine but the sites were very close together.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:14 PM   #14
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Day 3

Another travel day: west across Iowa then north to the east side of South Dakota. Perfect weather, easy roads, easy driving day. Nice campground this evening.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:24 PM   #15
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South Dakota is an awesome state with the Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Custer Sate Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial. You'll be seeing signs for Walls Drug all along the interstate. :-) It's a real tourist trap. Watch out for the deer!
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:29 AM   #16
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DAY 4

Day 4 was travel day, completing the first leg of the trip west. Travelled west across South Dakota to the KOA campground on the edge of Badlands National Park. Easy roads, easy driving. The truck and trailer have worked out great. It occurs to me that a trip like this is probably old hat to many JOF members – a big deal to us, though. I am proud of my wife and son for undertaking this travel. I again appreciate what I learned here on the JOF forum because it helped me set everything up on the rig so I don’t worry about them driving.

Tremendously different country than northwestern Pennsylvania in the Badlands.


DAY 5

Day 5 was spent hiking in the Badlands in the morning to early afternoon and then a trip to Wall Drug. The hike included the first sighting of pronghorn antelope for my son. He was surprised that the pronghorn are smaller, on average, than the eastern white-tail deer. I guess everyone should experience Wall Drug at some time. I am awaiting pictures of the Badlands.
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:04 AM   #17
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DAY 6

The plan for Day 6 was to go to Wounded Knee, but the road to the actual site was washed out. Reserving the route, came across a goat in the road. Apparently the goat felt that the road belonged to him and would not move. This is a nice picture of the South Dakota prairie; this is actually on the Pine Ridge reservation. My wife told me last night that they have had 16 inches of rain for the year so far; normal is around 3 inches. The balance of the morning was spent at the Wounded Knee museum in Wall, SD. I am glad they did this because a stop at the Little Bighorn battlefield is coming up – my son will get to see both sides of the story.


The day was spent hiking and looking at the fossil digs. Had a quite a few animal sightings, all of which my son is seeing in their natural habitat for the first time: more pronghorn antelope, countless prairie dogs, bison, and bighorn sheep (which I have never seen myself). My son said they came across a group of bighorn sheep and the babies from this season. I have no idea what the proper terms are for bighorn sheep. My son said he felt like he was on an alien planet; the land is so different from northwestern Pennsylvania.
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DAY 7

The morning of Day 7 was spent at the minute-man missile silo. When I was in the USCG from 1977 to 1981 I was stationed at an Omega station in Lamoure, North Dakota from June, 1979 to June 1981. The first day off I had a took a drive in the countryside and looked at the endless sea of green: wheat and sunflowers. I saw this gravel area that was surrounded by a triple fence and had this big concrete patio in the middle. There were little blue signs on the fence that said “SAC”. The area around the fence was mowed, so I walked around the perimeter to look at it. A while later I saw this blue crew cab pickup pull up next to my car. Four guys got out wearing dark blue uniforms and carrying M16s. Two stayed by the truck, one went over to my car, and one walked to about twenty feet away from me. The guy that approached me asked me politely what I was doing. I said just looking around. He then told me that I was on a military installation and that I was welcome to look all I wanted from the road but would I please leave the immediate area now. The sight of four automatic weapons put me in a most agreeable mood , and I said I was already on my way out. All of the guys back at the Omega station had a good laugh at my expense when I relayed this experience later; I had no idea what I was looking at.

I am glad my son got to see this when there are so many fewer missiles in service. I hope it stays that way, although the desire of man to destroy his neighbor never seems to diminish. In a lot of ways I think the world is more uncertain than when I was in elementary school in the early 1960s learning to “duck and cover.”

The afternoon was spent hiking. The evening brought a thunderstorm and lots of rain.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:36 PM   #19
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How's the trip going? My wife won't even pull my camper with me in the truck, there is no way she would try a trip like this without me.
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