2017 Travels travel blog

Carpe Diem at Jan's RV Park

US 2 thru North Dakota is a beautiful road

Rest stop on US 2 east of Devils Lake ND

We had to use our "lumber yard" to level the coach
We hate...


Sun, 30 Jul: Continuing north and west—so why is it so hot?

We appear to be amidst a bubble of hot air. When one is at 46° north latitude it should be a tad cooler. At least that's what it sez in the book (the "book" is often very, very wrong...)

As we anticipated, about 1730 yesterday we fired up our generator to cool the coach and provide power to "nuke" our dinner. We ran it 3½ hours, after which we were quite comfy. Once the generator was shut down we opened our bedroom windows and ran the salon ceiling vent fan, which drew cooler nitetime outside air across the coach. It worked well and sometime around dark o'clock in the morning we even turned off the vent fan and closed one of the windows.

Once again it was a very quiet nite at the Fargo (south) WalMart. That's two quiet North Dakota Wallys, amd we do appreciate it. There were even train tracks nearby but no trains during the nite. Such consideration...

We arose on our own about 0630 and took our time getting fed, watered, and ready for the road. We'd disconnected the car yesterday, so that needed to be reconnected. Brake & lite checks, checklists finished, we're ready to go and Bob rolled wheels at 0823.

Back on I 29 north 80 miles to a Pilot/Flying J in Grand Forks ND. Carpe's first fill since early July was to the tune of 58 gallons. Sandi took the helm and drove back to I 29 north two miles to US 2, which we took west. US 2 is a wonderful divided hiway that runs thru mostly rolling farmland dotted with many lakes. Traffic was nonexistent so we just rolled along.

Just east of Devils lake we stopped at a rest area so the driver could make a pit stop. We took a photo of the rest area building, which is pretty unique (see pix). We drove thru Devils Lake and stopped for lunch at a KFC/Taco Bell on the west end of the city. That took care of lunch.

At 1316, after another thirty miles west on US 2, we arrived at Jan's RV Park in Leeds. We didn't realize it till we pulled in, but we'd stopped here back in August 2015. We noted in our log at that time that the sites were not level, and that has not changed. We had to dig into our "lumber yard" to level the coach (see pix). We're OK now, running the a/c units in the 90°F heat. Jan's is a 50% off Passport America park so we get what we pay for.

Our plans are to stay here for two nites until the heat moves east. We aren't in any big rush so a couple of "down days" isn't a big problem. There is good Verizon service and "included" WiFi here so we can get some of our phone calls and internet "business" taken care of.

Today's numbers: 199 miles with 8⅝ mpg.



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