Wednesday, October 31, 2007


MON OCT 29........... Finally, a good night's much needed sleep. No hurry this morning so we lazed around until it got light outside. Packed up & headed out past grazing deer along the winding park road. Stopped at a Wal-Mart super center for some groceries & then climbed aboard I-80 west & headed for Des Moines Iowa. Beautiful clear sunny day & the traffic wasn't too bad either. The motorhome is running great. The fellow we bought it from (Ron Krauter of 4 Seasons Performance) said we wouldn't even notice any difference towing our car behind. Because of the Chevy 8.1 engine & Allison transmission we have lots of power to pull our Santa Fe. Haven't noticed any difference in braking either. If it wasn't for the back up camera we would never know the car is there.
Stopped at another Iowa Rest Area with Wifi & was able to check our email again. Connection was very slow but I was able to update our website but not upload a picture to it.
Breezed through downtown Omaha Nebraska with the excellent guidance of Garmin Gertie. This GPS stuff is so totally amazing & sure takes a lot of stress out of navigating through cities. To think we are being guided mile by mile from a satellite high in the sky is a bit mind boggling.
Kelly randomly picked out a State Park west of Lincoln Nebraska & after the usual confusing sojourn up down a number of assorted roads we finally arrived at Pawnee State Park northeast of Milford. What a beautiful park & right on a lake again. We are so lucky to find so many beautiful parks all the time. Only 2 other rigs & they are no where near us. We drove around looking for a site & realized there were no pull-thrus. No problem, we simply unhooked the car & backed ourselves into a picturesque spot overlooking the lake. Didn't take us long to take advantage of the hot showers in the main building followed by a doggy walk down to the lake. It's been a long grind on the highway these past few days but when you get to places like this, it just makes it all worthwhile. Thought briefly about setting up our satellite TV/Internet system but neither one of us had enough energy left to attempt it. Nice after dark walk with the dogs on the quiet park roads. Lots of stars & a great chance to get caught up on some long overdue stargazing. All & all, a good day:))
Observation: The State of Iowa sure has itself an awful lot of corn.

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