Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 6 - 5-01-10

Take a real close look at these trees - do you see anything missing - like leaves???? Well, you would be right - I told Dan today that I think we drove right through Spring back into Winter and today proved it. Let me explain a little more.

This morning at 8:00 CDT, when we left Fargo, North Dakota, the temperature was 47 degrees with the wind blowing with gusts up to 25 mph. Well, that was the high for today - the further west we came the lower the temperature got. Plus, it started raining, then it went to a mixture of snow and rain and then sometimes it was almost all snow. However, right now, while the temperature is still in the 30's (around 38 the last time we checked) the rain/snow has moved on, at least for tonight. However, the wind is suppose to pick up again tomorrow.

We did stop at Teddy Roosevelt National Park - it was snowing a little but we able to get out of the truck and check out the area. We went into the Visitor's Center, and looked around. Actually the park is the Badlands of the North Dakota's.

I hope that you can see how desolate this area is - anyway, to make a long story short - we couldn't stay here even if we had wanted to - see the largest camp spot they have is for a unit 30 foot or less - not us. Plus, their campground hosts haven't come in yet and so the campground isn't even open and then add to that no facilities. Nope, not for us tonight. So we decided that we would go on down the road to the border of Montana and North Dakota. Dan was thinking that we would take a different route into Great Falls - leave the interstate and go on a "designated truck route". Well, we got to Glenville, North Dakota about 4 o'clock this afternoon. It was still raining/snowing and the wind was still blowing really hard. We talked about it and decided that while it might be a little longer to stay on the Interstates and go down to Billings before turning due north to Great Falls (about 100 miles longer) we would be sure to have fuel and the road would be better with the way the weather is. So, we kept going. We are now in Miles City, Montana.
Tomorrow should be a fairly easy day mileage wise into Great Falls - about 300 miles. So, while we will still have a pretty good wind tomorrow - I don't think we are going to have the rain/snow. Then it will be a couple of days just to sit back and relax a little. We'll take some time to do laundry, pick up some essentials, and clean house. Dan will also take some time to just relax.
I hope that you are having a good weekend - Donna' the name of the campground outside Fargo was Governor's Inn. Take care and -------------
I'll talk to you tomorrow!!!

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