Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Temperature 81 Degrees, Partially Cloudy
Travel Days, Two Hops
Two days ago we had some decisions to make based on these facts
We where currently in Bemidji, MN.
We needed to be in Eau Claire, WI by Thursday, June 30th.
That would have meant a drive of 6 to 7 hours if done in one day. Though I could have done it I wasn’t really looking forward to such a trip.
The answer, break the trip into two segments. Easy? Right? That’s were the fun began.
The trip would consist of two segments. That meant two different RV parks. We had the second one already picked out. However, believe it or not we had no idea where we were going to stay the first night.
The first route we came up with would have taken us through Superior, WI. But getting there, well, two map programs wanted to take us south on a certain highway when the exit was clearly to the north. The third map program wanted us to go north. Two map programs wanted us to take a bridge that we discovered was under construction. The third map program wanted to take us through a six mile stretch of downtown Superior with stoplights every block. Things were getting a bit testy as we tried to work things out.
The I discovered an alternate route. It went through the city of St. Cloud, MN. It avoided Superior and the downtown traffic and all that nonsense of do we go north or south. But again we were presented with two different routes to get to the same location. It was getting late and we were really tired. We decided that tomorrow we would decide which route we would travel.
Come the morning we packed up, brought in the slides, brought up the jacks and headed out. Where? We were still making phone calls. Finally, we had our stop for the first night secured.
Regarding the route we would take? We ultimately decided to follow the RV GPS. Which in the end proved to be the right decision. It was an easy trip on good roads with only a few slow- downs as we made our way through different towns along the way.
This was our home for the night on the first leg of the trip.
We had a pull-through site which was reasonably level. We only hooked up electric and only put the two bedroom slides out.
Come the following morning we were back on the road by 9 am heading to our second home for the second leg of the trip. No questions this time regarding our route or which GPS to follow. We were going with the RV GPS once again.
We had a mix of roads this time. Some were really great. Some were really bad. We had some construction. A good deal of traffic at times. However, all things considered we made good time.
This is where we are as of now. A nice RV Park but really off the beaten track. At one point our GPS gave up even trying to find it.
Thankfully, at the same point in time we saw a sign that in essence said Looking For Eagle Ridge? Forget Your GPS and Follow Our Signs. Follow the signs we did and they took us this way and that and down some really horrible roads but we finally ended up at the park in front of the office.
Here we are. We’re on grass, the site is sort of level and we have FHU’s. Albert is doing his thing and we have our TV working just fine. The best part of being here? We’re only 20 minutes from where I need to be tomorrow for my doctor’s appointment.
And we have this whole section to ourselves. Campground crowding? We haven’t really found that to be the case yet.
I dare say this was probably the worse part of the whole trip to date. Most of the blame falls on me for not figuring things out a long time ago. I will definitely be more careful going forward.
Well, time to call it a day and get some sleep. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
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.