TOUR AMERICA 2022, SHERLOCK CAMPGROUND, EAST GRAND FORKS, MINNESOTA

Monday, June 20, 2022

Temperature 79 Degrees, Rain and Thunder Storms

Travel Day

The time had come for us to leave the wilds of the far north and return to civilization. Our time here with friends will be remembered for a long time to come. We hated to part but we both had miles to go and lots of places yet to see.

We were up early and made ready to go. The plan was to leave together at around 9 am. Well, we were ready and just waiting for Isaac to return from emptying his tanks. That’s when I heard a yell, a scream, that sent me running. I had no idea what had happened. It didn’t take long to find out what caused such a primordial scream. Isaac had failed to turn wide enough coming out of his site and had driven straight into a swamp. The back of his rig was down to the axle in the muck and mud. Nope, it was going absolutely nowhere.

Thankfully, he had roadside assistance. But would they come this far? He placed a phone call and to make a long story short they would be willing to dispatch a wrecker. That was the good news. The bad news was that it would take them about 2 hours, maybe more, to get there.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t wait around for it to arrive. He also didn’t want us to wait. He said he would be OK, he’d just sit back, relax and wait. So at 10 am we started out for our next stop. With hugs and waves we said our goodbyes and we were on our way. We were headed back to Minnesota. A bit after noon time he called to tell us that the rig was free and they were finally on their way toward their next stop.

Today’s ride was an easy 4 hours with a fuel stop. The road was good, traffic was light and we only encountered some light rain along the way. Our route was a straight shot east on Route 2 from North Dakota to Minnesota.

Compared to some states we’ve entered and the signs that welcome you this one makes you wonder if they really want you in their state! Come on now folks, a little bit of a bigger sign, some color and it would be a whole lot better of a welcome to your fine state of Minnesota.

The directions to this campground per their web site were a bit strange. They wanted you to take the first exit after the bridge, then go a couple of blocks and turn into the mall parking lot, then follow the avenue of flags. Sounded interesting.

The directions were spot on. In a matter of minutes after following their instructions we were at the campground registration office.

We’re at Sherlock Campground which is part of Red River State Recreation Area.

Our new home for the next two nights. This is a really nice campground. The roads are all paved, wide and in excellent condition. The campground looks well maintained and has lots of green grass everywhere. Our site is a pull-through with a gravel base. It was level front to back but not side to side but the jacks quickly took care of that issue. The site spacing is fantastic with sites really separated from one another. What a pleasing change from where we had just come from. And the best part, no mosquitoes!

When we arrived the sun was out but the weather report said that that was about to change. I quickly got us set up and then went in for some supper. That was it, the heavens opened up. But hey, who cares we’re inside enjoying a great meal. But now, its 9 pm and the sun is again shining bright. What a weird day in terms of the weather.

Some more good news. I received a phone call from Isaac letting me know he had also arrived at this next stop without further incident. Plus, there appeared to be no damage to the rig from its mishap in the swamp. I breathed a big sigh of relief.

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.

5 thoughts on “TOUR AMERICA 2022, SHERLOCK CAMPGROUND, EAST GRAND FORKS, MINNESOTA

  1. What an eventful day! A rig stuck in the mud. Directions which sound like something dear old Aunt Edna would have supplied. Rain just waiting to break through causing you to keep an eye on the sky as you set up. The good thing is it all worked out! The folks at the state department could take a lesson though on signs from the Red River people. Now, that’s a pretty nice sign! The campground does look nice. Enjoy your stay!

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    1. It was indeed one of those days. The funny thing is how accurate the directions were. But going through a mall parking lot, that one had me wondering at first yet it was right on. This is one of those state parks that is oh so nice. They take great care of it. Have a super day.

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  2. I’m glad Isaac was able to get out of the swamp with only a two hour wait. The one time we used the roadside assistance through our auto insurance, we had to wait by the side of the road in the sweltering Georgia heat and humidity for four hours. It was awful. If we ever have to rely on assistance from our new auto insurance company, I hope they do better!

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