2011 Travels travel blog

Carpe at Mitchell, SD WalMart

Back "home" again
A very nice drive along US 18 to South Dakota

The folks at Winnebago in Forest City did a fine job shoehorning us into their service facility and completing the work in one day. It was a real treat not having to get up early and get the coach ready for service. We enjoyed a relaxing breakfast and took our time getting Carpe ready to roll.

We finally headed to the dump site around 0845 and did a thorough job of dumping and flushing the waste tanks and partially filling the fresh water tank. We'd been a full week (actually, eight days) on our internal plumbing and still had plenty of resources left. We continue to explore just how long we can go between water and dump service.

Back to the Service Center to connect Carpe Dinkum and finally "on the road" at 0950 and took the slower alternative to the interstates, US 69 to US 18 all the way to Sioux Falls where we joined I 29 to I 90. Lunch was in a WalMart parking lot in Spencer, IA where we walked to a nearby Taco Bell for our noon victuals.

At Sioux Falls we topped off the diesel tank at "only" $3.789/gallon. Since we'd been running the generator a lot during the rally the tank-to-tank fuel economy cannot be accurately determined. Speaking of generator, we discovered that the engine generator was not charging the house battery bank. Too bad we didn't discover this before we had the coach in for service at the factory. Anyway, we had to run the generator while on the road to charge the depleted house bank (grumble, grumble).

We arrived at the lovely town of Mitchell, SD about 1630 and found a nice corner of the WalMart parking lot. It was a long day (272 miles), but a very pleasant day's drive.

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