Gate Guarding

Gate Guarding

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Deadwood, SD, Dinner with Friends Valentine, NE, West Point, NE and Kellogg, IA

On Monday, Sept. 12th, Mac and I took a drive…

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out to Lead, an old mining town….

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and then on to Deadwood….

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Nice town but doesn’t even compare to Cripple Creek, CO….

Then we were off to Sturgis, SD to check things out…

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Imagine what this street looked like a few weeks ago…

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and then we were headed back to Hart Ranch. We had dinner plans with John & Bridget and Mike & Leslie to say our farewells.

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Mac’s plate…

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After dinner we visited for a little while and then headed back to the RV to start packing up for our trip to Valentine, NE. We will be traveling with John & Bridget.

When we got home, I started on the inside, and Mac on the outside…it didn’t take long to find out that Mac had found a flood in the bay. There was water everywhere. After sopping all the water up, Mac found that the Water Pump was leaking(Pouring)….so John came over and helped for a little while and then at Midnight, Mac ran to Wal Mart to see if they had anything to stop the leak. No suck luck…so we tuned the water off and went to bed.

Tuesday, Mac was up at the crack of dawn on his way to a RV Parts store to see if they had the fittings or a new pump. He was very lucky. A very nice lady working there found a water pump for him and told him that it should be covered under the 3 year warranty.  YEAH!!  So he got that installed, packed up, and off we went.

We stopped at Wall Drug to look around. Had to take a few photos…

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Then we were off to stop and see Chuck & Kathy in Kadoka, SD. They have been stuck here for about a week having their truck in the shop being worked on.

Sunflowers…

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The trip was pretty uneventful and we made it to Valentine, NE about an hour or so after John & Bridget, got all set up and John sent us a message that Bridget had dinner for us. Thanks for the dinner! It was great!!

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On Wednesday, we were up and off to go and see Ray & Dorothy Darnell. They are the parents of our friend Ronn Darnell. We had a great visit with plans to have dinner together later that evening. They treated us to a Prime Rib Buffet at the Rosebud Casino…It was wonderful. Thanks so much Ray & Dorothy! We took our camera and never even got one photo.

Thursday it rained all day and we didn’t even leave the RV all day. I had made dinner for John & Bridget. Tips with noodles, Cheesy Corn Casserole, and Brownies & Lemon Bars for dessert. This is our last night together. On Friday we will head south and east toward Elkhart, IN and they will head south towards Branson. We had had such a great time traveling with these two and will see them again in Branson the end of October.

Friday we were up and on the road by about 9:30am. The trip seemed pretty uneventful until we were stopped by a Sheriff’s Officer on the other side of O’Neill, NE.

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No ticket, she said that she had heard a noise and saw that one of our tires on the little trailer shredded off and it was riding on the rim….Thanks so much! She waited while Mac changed the tire. We were back on the road again for just a little while when Mac noticed that the spare was really wobbling. He stopped to check it out and it was almost ruined so we limped into West Point, NE to find the City RV Park for the night.

Saturday morning Mac was up bright and early and headed toward Fremont and got 2 new tires and rims. He came back and changed out the messed up one and now we even have a good spare.

We were on the road again!

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Missouri River….really high

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and flooded for miles and miles…

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We drove to Kellogg, IA and stopped at the Kellogg RV Park. We will stay here until Monday morning since we don’t want to try to find an RV Park in the Chicago area because of the  NASCAR races this weekend.

Stay tuned…..

(((HUGS)))

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3 comments:

Chris said...

Very nice blog today. Look like ya 'll covered a lot of miles on this one. I would just love to be in Sturgis, during a motorcycle event. Saw it on Tv once and always wanted to see it.
Chris

Kathy and Robert said...

We were at Sturgis when it was wild and crazy several weeks ago...and I do mean wild and crazy! Really fun area to explore! K

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