Since Ken assumes all the driving responsibilities in the motor home, we generally travel no more than 300 miles a day. However, our repairs are scheduled so we can get everything done this week and don't have to spend the weekend in IA waiting around. This meant we had to cover about 500 miles today and also lost an hour as we changed time zones. It would have been nice if the weather had been more supportive. As we spent the morning driving east a very strong north wind punched us in the side and Ken struggled to keep us on the road. At times the expressway in SD was bumpy as well, and it felt like we had gone ten rounds with Muhammed Ali. Wouldn't you know it - by the time we turned south the wind direction changed as well and we were slapped around once again. This battle was not helpful to our diesel consumption and we made an extra stop to refuel.
But we made it to Council Bluffs where we are camped at a casino. Often casino camping is a bargain, but we are paying $30 to stay in a parking lot next to I-80. It was 101º degreees today but with the A/C on we can't hear the traffic noise. There are few other campers here, but the clerk managed to assign us to the same space as another RV. We asked for a site away from the expressway and he said they are all reserved. As I look out the window at 10pm, they still are empty. He also gave us a password for a non existent internet. But Camping World where we will get a new washer/dryer installed is right across the street and the worst of the driving lies behind us.