Craig, Angie, Tom and Paula started the trip on May 1 in Nashville and continued to St. Louis and up the Mississippi River towards the headwaters. They ended the Great River Road tour in Minnesota and then headed west for Billings, MT. Pam and I met Van at the Flying J at Watt Road on Wednesday morning and hit the road at a tiring pace in an effort to catch the others before Billings. We achieved our goal Saturday afternoon when we arrived at the Red Trail Campground in Medora, ND. The last leg of the journey from Fargo to Medora was brutal due to a constant South wind at 25 MPH gusting to 37 MPH. If you have never driven a 40 foot motorhome you may not understand the difficulty of driving with that intensity of wind. Imagine trying to carry a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood under those conditions. The couple from Oregon is scheduled to meet us in Dawson Creek, BC on June 1st.
Pam, Van, and I spent our first night in Benton, IL and hit the road early on Thursday, May 19, for Kellogg, IA and the Kellogg RV Park. Pam and I knew what to expect at the Kellogg RV Park because we had been there once before. The campground is nice for an overnight stay and the people are wonderful. The campground is an addition to a family owned combination fuel stop/restaurant. The theme is Iowa's Best Burger Cafe as can be seen form the photos. Of course we walked over to the cafe and had a burger for the evening meal. The burger was good but we don't think it will win any national awards.
Friday morning we continued our way West until I-80 intersected I-29 and proceeded North on I-29 toward Fargo, ND. Soon we crossed into South Dakota and could not help but notice the speed limit signs. South Dakota and Montana both have 80 MPH speed limits on the interstates. It is doubtful that we will be pulled over for speeding in our motorhomes.
Here are our coaches as we prepare for departure on Saturday morning and the final leg of the journey to catch Craig, Angie, Tom, and Paula.
We are four RV's strong now and here we are at a rest stop in Montana.