2013 Travels travel blog

Carpe at Mitchell, SD Cabelas

Torrential rains left flooding
This is US 69 north of Forest City

Water tank and grain elevator mark small towns
This is Thompson, Iowa

Many towns sport lovingly maintained old buildings

Farm equipment is a common sight
This is along Iowa 9

We cross into South Dakota on US 18

Another beautiful building in Freeman, South Dakota

Our overnite stop is in Mitchell, SD

Fri, 24 May: Rolling wheels again! After almost a week in Forest City it is time to more on. With our travel plans altered we decided that it would be a good idea to head "home" to Box Elder, SD.

We departed the Winnebago Visitor's Center about 0830 and drove a mile to Pammel Park in Forest City. Pammel park has courtesy dump facilities and potable water, so we took care of our holding tanks and added about 35 gallons or so to our fresh water tank. That done we rolled wheels for real a few minutes after nine.

We had many options for the drove from Forest City west. Our GPS units wanted us to head north to Minnesota and get on Interstate 90. Two years ago we took US 18 from Clear Lake and headed west. This time we opted for Iowa 9, which runs thru Forest City and continues west to the South Dakota border south of Sioux Falls.

Iowa 9 is a well maintained state route that parallels the Iowa/Minnesota border about ten miles to its south. It runs thru many small and not-so-small communities. We really enjoy this kind of driving as it allows us to enjoy a slice of America that the "super slabs" rarely afford. Many of these towns have some lovingly maintained buildings and public parks often from the thirties WPA projects.

We made good time despite the rip roaring cross wind from the south. We really had to add a whole bunch of correction to the wheel to keep Carpe heading straight down the road. Carpe is not the most aerodynamic of vehicles and crosswinds really keep the driver on his/her toes.

Just east of the South Dakota border we headed south to US 18 and crossed into South Dakota a short while later. Lunch at a closed weigh station, and then we picked up SD 44, another east-west state route that parallels I 90 about 20 miles to its south.

Just south of Mitchell, SD we took SD 37 north to Mitchell where we spent the nite boondocking in the Cabelas parking lot. Cabelas is one of the many retailers that offer complementary overnite parking to RVers in their lots. We arrived about 1515 and spent the remainder of the day relaxing after a busy day at the wheel. Today's mileage: 265.

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