2015 Travels travel blog

Carpe in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Federal 85 in South Dakota

Driving thru Buffalo South Dakota

Infrastructure ("shovel ready?") repairs

Entering North Dakota on US 85

Theodore Roosevelt NP South Unit

Driving to our campground

Wed, 01 Jul: Heading back north...

OK, the fridge is behaving itself again, so let's revisit our options. We still have a week or so to get to Forest City Iowa for the Winnebago rally (two day's drive from here), and we still want to see the Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit, so let's head back north. Besides, the worst of the heat wave has passed so we are optimistic.

Bob did a thorough dump and flush of our holding tanks, and we filled our fresh water tank to the brim. We're good to go for a week or more. We connected the car and pulled out of Three Flags RV park at 0945. Back west on I 90 to Sturgis and then north on SD 79. We jogged to US 85 at Junction City and continued north on the federal highway.

US 85 is a pretty rough ride for most of the way due to extremely heavy truck traffic. We saw truck after truck hauling oil extraction equipment and supplies. Oil is a really big business in these parts and North Dakota currenty enjoys the nation's lowest unemployment rate. All this in spite of the government's attempts to shut it down...

Just north of the North Dakota state line we broke for lunch at a weigh station and then continued north on 85 to Interstate 94. East on I 94 to Medora, the gateway to the National Park. We entered the park and then continued five miles along the park road to the Cottonwood campground. We got a nice site that affords us plenty of sunlite for our solar panels, an important consideration as this is primitive camping with no electricity, water, or sewer.

Today's run was 238 miles with 7½ mpg.

Our good friends, Bob and Caren Collins, are the camp hosts here and their rig is parked not too far from ours. We got to visit a bit with them last evening and hope to visit some more when their busy schedule allows.

Our fridge is working just fine. We are optimistic. The forecast is for warm days, with the Fourth getting to the low 90s, but overnite lows are in the high 50s to low 60s. Good sleeping weather.

We plan to stay here till Monday the sixth, and then continue east to Forest City. Our GPS shows 750 nmiles from here to there, which is quite doable in three easy (or two hard) days. We're planning for easy...

Meanwhile, we have a National Park to explore, so revisit for updates.

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