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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, October 18, 2013

The wind is howling, so I must be in South Dakota

This morning dawned crisp and cold.  Cold enough that I could have used a scraper to clean off the car windows.  It was 10:30 before I could finally pull out of the refuge and hit the road.  I’d like to thank Larry, of the maintenance staff, for helping me get my bicycle up onto the holder on the back of the toad, and for checking the air pressure on the rig’s tires.  After sitting for five months, they needed some air.  I can do four of the six tires, but two of them just need more finesse than I have.

Thankfully, it was an uneventful drive to Summit, SD.  Summit is a small town along I-29, but it has a nice flat campground with pull through sites.

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I stayed here a couple of nights this spring during a two day wind storm.  It’s a Passport America camp during the week, but since everything is shut down except for the electricity this late in October, it’s $20/night.  Paying for a site at this time is on your honor, and the bathrooms and laundry are of course closed.  I’m just happy to find a stop with electricity. 

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As you can see, I’m the only rig here.  Since it was 43* when I arrived, I thought my heat pump could warm things up a bit inside, but I was wrong.  With the cold wind, I’m having to run the heat straight off of the propane tank.  I’ll be looking for a campground that sells propane before long.

I’m hoping the winds die down enough tomorrow morning so I can drive the 150 miles to my next stop.  Shortly after I plugged in this afternoon, a storm cloud passed and dropped some hail on the rig.  Possible snow flurries are in the forecast.  I’ve also noticed that local fire hydrants now have those tall red sticks attached to them so they can be found in the snow.  It’s definitely time to be way south of here!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

30 comments:

  1. I think you are getting out of there in the nick of time!

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  2. Oh hail you had hail. Last time we had it poor Ruby got dinged all up. I think you will be able to outrun the freeze but it's gonna be close. Even here in Virginia they are talking about lows in the mid 30's next week. I need to get out of here too. Safe travels.

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  3. Yep, this isn't a nice place to be this year--way too much snow this early, thinking it is gonna be a looong winter!

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  4. Wind, snow, hail...not fun!

    Safe travels tomorrow!

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  5. Egads...haul it out of there as soon as you can. Hope tomorrow brings you in much warmer temperatures.

    Safe travels.

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  6. Time to get out of there indeed! So glad to hear you're on the move. We've arrived in Big Bend, TX, where it was 84 today. Sooooo nice and comfortable!

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  7. Sounds like winter is moving in fast. But you are faster!

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  8. The great escape! You certainly cut it close (through no fault of your own). Hope you find some elusive warm weather soon.

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  9. As a certain game show host says: Come on down!

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  10. Like the birdies: Migrate south with the wind!!

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  11. Yes go south as soon as possible. But of course stay safe

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  12. I'm not sure 150 miles tomorrow is far enough south. Glad you're on the move though and be safe.

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  13. unseasonably cool here too, down in the 40's at night and the winds were very cold today.
    have safe trip tomorrow. I'm with Jim

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  14. It may snow here tonight, you made it out just in time:)

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  15. Run, run like the wind to the south. Winter is nipping at your back tires!!!

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  16. You are my hero Judy. I think it's amazing that you manage to drive that big rig all by yourself and not even get lost! I hope you get on the road today and get to warmer temperatures soon. Safe travels.

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  17. Run south as quick as you can! (within reason) Late October can be scary up there.

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  18. I know the feeling of wanting to beat the weather as I'm even feeling it here in the high country of southwestern Utah. It's below freezing most mornings when I've awakened this week. Need to get to Zion today and then into warmer climes. Good luck with your heating; I just had my furnace almost completely replaced - see blog. Enjoy your trip.

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  19. WhooooHooooo... See you made it out of Minnesota before you got snowed in. Happy to see you are finally on your way south. Hope it's safe travels all the way!

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  20. Git while the gittin's good, Judy!

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  21. Oh no! The snow sticks! Are we in for another Halloween blizzard?!!!

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  22. Howdy Judy & Emma,
    Sure glad you had help to GET OUTTA THERE... Minnesota ain't no place to be in the winter-time, unless you are a bear or moose... Neither are the wild plains, unless you're a bison... HEAD SOUTH AND SOUTHER AS FAST AS YOU CAN, UNTIL YOU HIT THE SWAMPS !!!

    Hope y'all don't leave any 'tracks' in the white stuff on the highway and have a HAPPY DAY !!!!!

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  23. Hope to run into you somewhere in warmer weather. Stay safe!

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  24. I've been wondering, why my blog does not show up on your blog list??? Just curious as you comment on my blogs quite often.

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  25. I'm thinking the 150 miles won't do it..We are do for some snow flurries here this Tuesday, and we are NOT liking it. Be safe, no matter what!

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  26. Glad to hear you are on the road again, travel safe and stay ahead of the bad weather.

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  27. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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