|We left Des Moines around 0815 and we headed west on I80. We refueled in Council Bluffs, Iowa because fuel is $0.03 per gallon cheaper in Iowa. Around 1100 we decided we would spend the night in Grand Island, Iowa at the KOA campground but about ten miles before the exit for the KOA Marge discovered that the KOA closes on October 15th.
We passed by the exit and at the next rest area we stopped and contacted a campground in North Platte, Nebraska, a campground we have stayed in previously, and we were told there was plenty of room. The only problem was we had to drive another 133 miles. We arrived here around 1500. Total miles for the day was slightly over 500 miles, far more than we normally drive in one day.
The sky was red this morning and as the old sailors like to say; Red skies in the morning sailors take warning, Red skies at night sailors delight. About 50 miles from Des Moines we ran into rain and it has rained almost constantly all the way to North Platte and as this is being typed the rain continues.
We enjoyed our visit with our friends in Ames but the down side was that both of us have been sick with colds. We had planned to go and watch the oldest girl, Ainsley, play soccer but when we awoke Saturday morning neither of us felt well enough to go to the game. Saturday evening we did drive to Ames and had a great dinner with Lora Leigh, her husband Jason, Jason's parents, and the children Ainsley and Elsa. Sunday morning Lora Leigh and the two girls visited us at the motorhome in Des Moines and for lunch we took everyone out to a Mexican restaurant for a great lunch. After lunch we returned to the motorhome and visited for awhile before saying our goodbye's.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, we plan on driving to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The drive is about 220 miles and the elevation goes from about 2,000 feet in North Platte to about 6,100 feet in Cheyenne and then from Cheyenne the climb continues to Laramie and the 8,640 foot summit. The one major concern we have is snow at these higher elevations. We have seen no weather reports that are predicting snow along I80 for the next couple of weeks but these prognostications can change in minutes.
That is all for today.
Ross & Marge