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After our little "detour" from Mountain Home, ID to the HWH Corporation in Moscow, IA to have our HWH system repaired, we decided to take a few extra days to make the return trip back west and resume our planned summer adventures.
From Idaho to Iowa we traveled 1458 miles in 3 days. Perhaps not a lot for "weekend warriors", but we just don't drive that long each day anymore.
Our return trip was going to require coverage of approximately 1886 miles to get "back on track" in Washington State. We eventually covered the distance in 11 days after stopping at several locations for multiple days.
We have a Blue Ox towbar and baseplate on the Honda Fit, so we decided to stop by the Blue Ox factory in Pender, NE to have the towbar serviced and to have a place to stay over the 4th of July (since our previous plans were now disrupted). Has anyone reading this actually been to Pender, NE? How about Red Bay, AL, the home of Tiffin Motorhomes? Let me just say that Red Bay looks like a large city compared to Pender. There are no traffic lights in Pender, just a blinking red light. We attempted to visit a local pizza restaurant one evening and the sign on the door indicated that they were only open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM that day. No "real" grocery stores in Pender, either.
The factory was closed on the 4th of July and we were the ONLY rig in the entire campground. Nice and quiet at least.
After leaving Pender, NE we spent the next two nights as "overnighters" in the parking lots at Cabelas (Mitchell, SD) and Cabelas (Rapid City, SD). The Mitchell store has a very nice area for RVs and is within walking distance of a few restaurants. We had stayed at this one on a previous trip thru the area.
The Cabelas in Rapid City, SD (our hometown) has a somewhat different feel and policy. Officially, no overnight parking by RVs are allowed within the city limits of Rapid City. Unofficially, when we asked the store management for permission to overnight, they quoted us the Rapid City law, but told us that they didn't mind if we overnighted in their lot. We stayed, and were joined by at least a dozen other RVs that night. (No late night knock on the door by the local police).
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You are pretty tough to do 1400 miles in 3 days - 5 or 6 for me.ReplyDelete
Usually that's our rate of travel, also, but this was a special circumstance.Delete
Glad everything is back on track. We love that Visitor's Center in Chamberlain. I think that is where we first developed an interest in Lewis and Clark. Pretty cool statue!ReplyDelete
Always good to have your tow bar check out by experts, but I wonder what would make the tow bar to need replacement? Planned obsolescence? That would make me wonder if the tow bar should just be replaced after so many tow miles/years of use.ReplyDelete
Just amount of use, I would guess Paul. The tech showed me where there was excessive movement where the bar connects to the car. Also, on our style of bar (Aventa LX), the circulating ball has parts which eventually just wear out and replacement is the only cure. Ironically, Blue Ox doesn't make the Aventa LX any longer, so I'm wondering if the design was not the greatest to begin with.Delete
In Washington - Do the Cascade Loop...just sayin' ;)ReplyDelete
We will be in Twisp for a week, then Concrete for a week. Plan on taking Rt. 20 thru the Cascades NP with the MH and will take the car to hike and explore while in the area.Delete
Glad to see you're back on track, hope the rest of the summer is uneventful.ReplyDelete