Wednesday morning Dick & Lou headed out. Steve stopped by for a final visit & to have a cup of coffee and a donut before they got on the road. We all wound up chatting for a good hour before they finally left. Our summer together went by all too quickly but we all agreed it was probably our best one yet. We actually talked to them this morning & they were going to arrive in Ohio this afternoon in time to have dinner with Lou's mom, Ella. Glad they had a safe trip.
Thursday we spent all day packing our rig. If you RV, you know that the longer you sit in one spot, the more there is to do when it's time to go. We actually only moved over one space, but we were blocked by a tree in our original space & needed a clear sky. After arriving in Custer this year, we put our Hughes Internet service on 'hold'. While we were 'out of service' Motosat, our ISP, had satellite transponder changes. Since we weren't online for those changes, we had to recommission our modem and download new firmware & satellite tables. What a nightmare that turned out to be! Four days and nearly 30 hours later it's finally done! Arghhhhhh, how frustrating. It was a comedy of errors and not really on our part. The sat table we were given did not have our correct satellite information so it wouldn't lock on. And the modem would not commission either. I finally got it commissioned on Monday & when I went back Tuesday to finish with the sat table it had de-commissioned itself again! After working on it from noon until 5pm I finally got it re-commissioned...Okay, enough rambling, I'm sure you don't know what the heck I'm even talking about, lol! But, one last comment, I think I now know enough about this system to be dangerous, so if you need any help, call us or send an email!!
Monday Paul left for a couple of days so Marci, Larry & I had a cookout. Afterward we had a lovely campfire & enjoyed S'mores. Yummy....Then Tuesday we grilled burgers and enjoyed a homemade cherry pie, courtesy of Marci. Delicious as usual, she is quite the baker. We got a good nights sleep and got up this morning ready to get on down the road. It was just after 11am before we pulled out. That seems to be our 'departure time', no matter what we plan! The temperature has been running in the 80's for the past week but is supposed to drop significantly over the next few days. Time to go, much as we hate to leave. As you know, Custer/Black Hills is our favorite destination each year. We consider it our 'home'. We'll miss all of our friends for sure and can't wait to come back next year.
We arrived in Alliance, Nebraska about 3:30pm and after fueling decided to stop for the night. The wind kicked up as the day progressed & we decided there was no point in fighting it. We plan to visit Carhenge in the morning before we move on. Sounds interesting. Hopefully the wind will die down. If not, we'll stick around until it does. We're in a Passport America park, $15 a night. The trains are running nearby, but we like them. They sort of lull you to sleep. So, we'll see what tomorrow brings. 'Night....