|All I can say about today…what a long day. We started somewhere in Nebraska at 5:00 a.m. (“we” is being used loosely here….one of us was awake and the other four were still camping). I’m pretty sure I could have bungeed the steering wheel straight last night and the RV could have drove itself through Nebraska……flat and straight. But I didn’t….so I got enjoy the last 300-miles of flat straight Nebraska first hand.
I believe because we skipped the “World’s Largest Truck Stop”, fate has been against us ever needing gas when a truck stop is near…..we’ve been squeezing into every tight station there is in Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado. In Colorado, some tree-hugging Prius driver cut me off to park his electric car in front of the last gas pump while he ran in to shop 15-minutes for two bottles of water……..I took it as a challenge to my patience and sat quietly.
Not sure how Colorado gets their interstates textured to vibrate every movable part in a RV, but they did. Imagine putting a set of silverware in a metal box…..and having someone shake it……over and over……for three hundred miles……while watching beautiful scenery on the Travel Channel…..pretty close to our Colorado experience. We also got to enjoy bumper to bumper traffic from Denver to Vail…..20-mph climbing the pass…..20-mph descending on the other side…..with periodic downpours to lower the visibility.
The RV also decided it would be fun to mess with my patience. Every 45-miles, the trim on the passenger side would work its way loose…..and then 15-ft of rubber trim would be flapping against the side of the RV until I stopped, and re-attached. In Utah, there appears to be a fear of driving in the furthest lane away from vehicles pulled off of the road….instead they seem to be more comfortable watching drivers try to squeeze against their car as they blast by at 80-mph. (I may have let a bad word slip trying to get back in my door) The amazing thing is that even though it added 2-hrs to our travel time (12 to 14 hours driving for the day), it was still a great drive…..what amazing beauty.
Finally arrived at the Green River KOA….and we hit the pool….all was good with the world again in the eyes of the kids. New water slide….so all I had to do was stand in the pool and make a play on Clint when he launched off the end of the slide (he doesn’t like water in his face so it meant grabbing whatever limb I could get to keep his head above water). The internet described large grassy areas and shad trees……compared to the desert we spent the last 3-hrs driving across, I would agree….compared to Illinois, we have putting greens bigger than the amount of grass they had in the entire park. The place is very clean…..owners are very friendly…..and there is hardly anyone here…so it is a great stop.
Since we could get a 10% discount at the “Fine Dining” across the parking lot, we decided to forget getting the grill out and eat out. I wouldn’t use the term “Fine Dining” to describe the atmosphere of the restaurant……but the food was very good. Turns out we got a chance to break bread with some of our Mennonite brothers…….I think there church has a little more conservative dress code than ours, bonnets, long beards, suspenders……and since they all spoke German, we didn’t really do a lot of bonding.