June 10, 2022

Temperature 85 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine

Travel Day, Yesterday

Sort of behind on the blog but I promise to try and get caught up over the next few days. Well, yesterday was a travel day. We’re slowly starting to head back east. Today’s trip was an easy one, just a few hours. What we forget, though, was that we were going back into Central Time. Thus, we lost an hour there.

Today’s trip was Route 94 from beginning to end. The road is in good condition and since there was little to no traffic we made good time. Thankfully, no rain this time. We made one stop for fuel and then it was on to the Bismarck KOA.

In just over two hours actual drive time we were pulling into the KOA. A quick stop at the office to receive our site assignment and with an escort in front we were headed to our site. That’s when I began to get an uneasy feeling about this park. The road’s in the park are narrow, tree branches on either side with only inches to spare. Slowly, ever so slowly we made our way to our site with the alarm bells in my mind beginning to ring.

We finally turned toward our site and by now the alarm bells in my mind were really ringing loud. This was our site? Is this some kind of a joke?

Our site is right on the main road leading in and right on the main road outside of the park. The traffic noise is constant and to make matters worse we have a train on the other side. Then, to access the sewer I had to back all the way up off of the site into the so-called road behind.

As for the site – forget it. It is so unlevel. I have the jacks fully extended, with blocks underneath in the back and we are just barely level front to back. Mind you when I checked this was the only park in the area with a 7 for a rating. I can only imagine how bad the others must be. I can guarantee you that we’ll never come back to this park.

Once settled in and all utilities hooked up it was time to get busy with repairs to our front inside steps. In front of Ms. Barbara’s seat, in the entrance way, the step is supposed to come up when you press a switch so that she has a level floor in front of her when traveling. Well, it would come up but for some reason it would not go down unless you pushed it. I could hear the motor running so I was pretty confident it was good. Time to figure what was going on. To make a long story short some screws came out that linked the motor to the step. I replaced them and we are all good once again. I love it when the fix is so simple.

So that is where we are at on The Road of Retirement. We’re not happy at all with our new home but we’ll make do. We have to, there is nowhere else to go! This time next week this park and this site will only be a distant memory. A park, though, that we will definitely put on the don’t ever use again list.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.


  1. Well, I am glad you made it there safely. It sure doesn’t sound like there’s much in the area at all. I hope you enjoy your stay and whatever activities you decide to do there. At least, you are not cold anymore!


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