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Had to get to South Dakota to warm up


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I know its been a minute since an update and there will be plenty in this post. One thing I think some forget, is I'm not on an extended vacation. I'm working M-F 8 hours a day. I happen to be in cool places, but it does limit my time for other things and honestly at the end of some work days, there is no way I want to look at a screen anymore, thus the blog suffers.

After leaving Michigan, I went through the UP to get to Wisconsin. Mainly to see things along the way and to say I'd been in the UP. One thing I have been struck by is the hope I feel driving through these areas. There are less nasty political signs and more hopeful ones. In southern Wisconsin, I even saw bails of hay in a line with the tarp over them proudly displaying BIDEN HARRIS 2020. It truly felt good. Makes me think there are many in this country who see the dangerous path before us and are choosing to pull over and turn around.

In Wisconsin, I driveway camped again at a dear friend's house. Found out you can buy a "dogbone" to convert 30AMP to 15AMP house hold plug. It works really well for all normal activities like charging devices and running my 12 V cooler. I'm sure if I were trying to run the A/C, we would have different results. Considering it didn't get above 40 the entire time I was there, no AC was needed.

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Only good thing about cold weather is the excuse for a fire. Yes, that's a BYEDON flag in the background.

The week was fairly uneventful with working everyday. That weekend we got to adventure out to a pick your own apple place and went for a social distance hike at the state park.
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I still have a few apples and have been enjoying them!

Last Sunday, I hit the road again. After looking to find some place to hang out for a week before hitting my goal of Mt. Rushmore, I decided to just have 2 days of driving. There's not a whole lot that looked interesting to me (sorry Iowa and Minnesota). I did make one great stop on day one of driving.
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I loved the movie Field of Dreams as a kid, so it was great to see that its been maintained and stand on the field. Milo didn't know what all the fuss was about, but he appreciated me interrupting his multi-hour nap.
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Hit a little bit of snow on the drive, but nothing too intense and roads were kept pretty clear.
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Stopped over night in Sioux Falls before hitting the road again on Monday. Second day of driving was a little more stressful. Several icy areas that hadn't been cleared completely. I decided to just go slow in the clearest lane. I'm sure I irritated the locals, but after passing 3 accidents on the opposite side from sliding off the road, I really didn't care what they thought. Decided to take a couple of breaks even with a shorter day of driving and saw the epic Corn Palace. I spent approximately 5 minutes inside before fleeing from the non-mask folks.
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My second break was in Wall Drug. Again the level of non-mask folks made me uncomfortable, so just stayed outside. Spent most of the time parked in my car while taking some work calls before continuing on to Rapid City.
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Car issues seem to have settled down. No more electrical issues and only had a minor adjustment to the bracket for the sway bars. It kept angling forward, preventing the bar from moving and causing me to be off center. Nice folks at an RV center changed the position and its been smooth sailing ever since.
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I'm in an AirBnB this week because apparently up north campgrounds close. Its been a nice change of pace to not have to go outside to use the bathroom. And the weather has been very nice. Other than the first day getting down to 8! Its been sunny and "warm" in the 50s.

Hope you enjoyed the view,
Ocean

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