Monday, July 28, 2008

Last Day in Custer

The month is almost gone, and so are we. We arrived in Custer on July 2, planning to stay 2 weeks. But the allure of the Black Hills, the cool dry air (well, except for the evening showers) , and the friendliness of the people have kept us here an extra 2 weeks. That's ok with us, we truly love it here. If you're ever in the area, we can recommend the Broken Arrow Campground without hesitation. I know we'll be back at some point.

We tried to take a drive yesterday and made it about half of what we'd planned. But for the first time in I can't remember when, the twisty -turny road got to me and I started feeling a little queasy. I remember road trips when I was a child - I got so car sick I always got to ride in the front seat with Mom and Dad. Anyway, we came on back home and I was feeling much better in short order.

Jim's been having intermittent trouble with his computer. I've been telling him we should take it to Best Buy and have them look at it, but he kept putting it off - well, yesterday the dang thing refused to do anything. We could turn it on and almost as soon as it loaded Windows, it would freeze up. I called the Best Buy up in Rapid City. They said to bring it in, so off we went.

The good news is that when they ran a quick scan, it didn't show any virus. The bad news is now they have to run diagnostics, and it will be several days before they know what's wrong. We explained that we're leaving the area, but still, it will be several days. So we made arrangements to have them ship it to us on the road once it's fixed. That means we will have to play nice and share our one computer for awhile. Seems there's a lot of computer troubles going around these days!

We also needed a new backup disk as it's been a few weeks since we backed up, so we ordered that. It was ready today, so back up to Rapid City we went. We got the disk, and did a little bit of last minute shopping to prepare for the next few days on the road.

Visiting with our neighbors 2 sites down today, we realized we had already "met" through the RV-Dreams website. That was a delightful surprise, they are SoCalToolGuy (Ray) and Barb. Ray explained that he's had to cut back on his blog reading and forums as he was starting to spend too much time on the computer. I know the feeling! We exchanged cards anyway, so if you get around to reading this, we sure enjoyed visiting with you two and hope to see you down the road!

We have met more great people here - Lee Ann and Larry, Pat and Mike, Doyle and Fiona, Jim and Donnalyn, Lou and Dick, Susan and Reve, and of course the owners of Broken Arrow, Geri and Larry. We got to visit with Ginger and Jesse, as well as spending time with Karon and her DH while they were here. Once again, I have to say one of the very best aspects of this lifestyle is meeting new people who share the love of the road.

We've seen beautiful scenery, wildlife, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Mammoth bones and more. Jim got to catch of couple of fish, we have our Pressure Pro working great, and now can "wash" the rig without water. I think we're pretty well set.

Tomorrow we'll drive as far as Wall, where we'll spend one night before heading off to Mitchell, South Dakota to see the Corn Palace and spend a couple of nights. We'll be staying 2 nights at most stops until Brussels, WI. We'll stay 3 nights there before getting to Iron Mountain, Michigan. We'll be there for 6 nights and then move on to Macinaw City, Michigan, where we'll spend 11 nights. We'll move a little south to Manistee, Michigan, where we'll be until after Labor Day. Then we'll make our way to Red Bay, Alabama and the Tiffin factory. At least, that's the plan!


Joe and Sherri said...

Well I see you are on the way to Mackenaw. Sherri is so envious! We enjoyed our trip there so much. We want to go back some day but it will have to wait until we see all the things we have never seen before. You two be careful and stay safe.

Joe and Sherri

Anonymous said...

Darn it. I have you guys are leaving Custer. Debbie and I will be there tomorrow. We plan on staying 4 nights at the Broken Arrow.

I guess we will meet someday down the road.

Be safe.