We have been sitting at at Pilot truck stop in Laramie, WY for the past four hours waiting for the wind to go down. Between here and Rock Springs, WY there are wind gusts up to 60 mph. Plan to head out of here in an hour or so when the wind is forecast to die down and make it to either Rawlins, WY or Rock Springs, WY yet tonight.
View of the truck stop outside the front window... Burrr....
Purchased 24 hours worth of WiFi for $4.95, so have been passing time surfing the web and checking what the weather is going to do ahead of us. Wifi speed is decent, except cuts out each time a truck drives past. Once we get past the Continental Divide, the weather and wind gets much better.
The RV is keeping us nice and warm, except my feet get cold. John says it is because I’m old… We’re not getting any cold water from the kitchen faucet when we turn the pump on, but we do get warm water. So no big deal….
We should be heading back on the road in the next hour…
Will post again in a few hours…
We have made it past Cheyenne. The i80 road closures have been lifted. We are 20 miles from Laramie . It is extremely windy and very slow going up the hills. Wind gusts over 40 mph.
There is some snow on the ground and sine drifting. Will probably stop in Laramie to give John a break and decide if we should continue or wait for wind to subside.
Will post again in few hours…..
We dumped gray water and topped off the fresh water tank before leaving the campground. Not much fun when it is 15 ° out and very windy.
We then added $150 dollars Ito top off the fuel tank at Sapp Brothers. Then had breakfast at Perkins.
We hit the road by 8:15am. Clear skies, cold and windy. Not in big hurry this morning because I-80 is currently closed in Cheyenne, WY. We are hoping it opens up in the 4 hours it takes us to get there. If not we will be stopping and waiting for it to open up like the truck drivers will….
John thinks today’s driving will be the worst we will encounter if we can get past Cheyenne…..
Will post again in few hours… If we have Internet access….
We made it to Sindey, NE like we wanted to and are all setup with 50 amp electrical hookup at Cabela’s.
The wind started to pick up during the last 75 miles and the temperature has been dropping. We are getting wind gusts up to 50 mph and it is down to 20° out… I’m hoping it calms down a bit before we leave in the morning. We don’t want to unhook the Jeep in the cold wind, so I made supper in the MoHo. Prepared some hot dog sized turkey sausages with sun dried tomatoes in a frying pan. Served them with hot dog buns and a side of tortilla chips… Not fancy, but was tasty and easy… Plus did not use much water washing dishes. Was hoping they would have water on here so we could top off the fresh water tank. We should be ok, but will need to take quick on-and-off shower in the morning..
The campground has free wifi – so John has been checking out the various weather websites to see what we are up against tomorrow. Looks like it is going to continue being windy, but no snow until we get to the Salt Lake City area. Not sure how far we will make it tomorrow – the windy conditions and mountainous terrain will probably slow us down. Fighting the wind takes alot out of John so we may have to stop more often to give him a break..
During the high winds today the satellite dish hardware on the ceiling kept making irritating noises. I can usually quiet it down by shoving business cards and old credit cards in it’s various openings – but today nothing seemed to help much. John just spent some time tightening up some connections in hope it will be better tomorrow.
Not sure how many blog postings I will be able to do tomorrow – will depend on if we have internet connection with the iPhones or not. I will try to type up the postings before we go through larger cities and then upload it as we go through. My theory is that the larger cities will probably have 3g or 4g internet enabled….
I’m going to read for a bit and get to bed a bit early. It’s only 8:10pm here – went through the first time zone change – but my eyes are getting tired. I’m sure John will want to get an early start in the morning….
We are now at mike marker 233. Another 3 hour to go tonight.
Weather has improved. Wind is not as bad, the sun has come out and has started to set.
Have not had any Internet access for the past three hours, but it suddenly came back.
John has been monitoring the weather and is concerned about possibility of freezing rain in next few hours.
John gave me some grief about amount of stuff between my seat and the wall – iPhone, cables, nook and etc. I explained to him that I’m a
gold card member of the “Team John and Derek Founders President Club” and having crap next to my seat is one of the perks…. . He was not amused…
Not much else …. Nebraska is as exciting as Iowa… John would not stop at Pioneer Village for me
Will post again when we stop for evening….
We are at mile marker 338 at 3:25pm. For the past hour John has been battling a bad crosswind that moves the Moho around. Average mileage has dropped to 5.5 mpg.
At one point the wind was pulling out the awning of the passenger side bedroom window. We stopped and through the creative use of some plastic zip ties have it secured.
We are over half way to our destination this evening of Sydney, ne. Should make it if we don’t get any freezing rain this evening.
Internet connection has been crappy in Nebraska – can barely pull up websites, or not at all. Have been monitoring the NOAA weather radio station on the ham radio. A front is coming down, just not sure when and where we will encounter it.
Will post again in few hours…
We just crossed into Nebraska at 11:30 am and are going through Omaha..
The rain has turned into a light mist – no big deal with temps in the lower 40′s outside. Very overcast and dreary out…
We are getting average mileage of 7.7 mpg. The strong tail wind has been helping.
Forgot how hilly western Iowa is. Nothing compared to what Wyoming will be.
Will stop in a bit so Prince can get out of box and walk around a bit. I will then make a quick lunch for us – thinking a Lean Pocket with chips sounds good…
Will post again in few hours….
Just made it past Des Moines, IA. It’s been raining on and off for the past hour. Temps are above freezing and raising – so should be fine.
Our destination for tonight is Sidney, NE. The “High priest of the immaculate Winnebago” says there is a Cabelas there with nice camping area with full hookups. It’s still 579 miles away but doable.
Only 1770 miles to Portland, OR….
Greeting from Iowa!
Got up around 6:00am and went to the truck stop to have breakfast. Was good – their homemade wheat toast hit the spot.
Right now we are at the service center – John is having them check the air pressure of the Moho tires. It’s cold out (23° and windy) so worth the $30 to have it done in heated garage. John also purchased some anti-gel stuff for the fuel tank to keep diesel from coagulating.
Big drama for me this morning – could not find my eye glasses. Knew they must be in Moho somewhere…. Used backup pair to get through breakfast. Long story short I found them in the litter box – yuck!! I assume the cat knocked them off the shelf above the box… Thank goodness for Clorox wipes….
We are now on the road. Looks like if we make good time in next few hours we will miss the bad weather heading this way…
Will post again in few hours….
We made it to our destination for the evening – the world’s largest truck stop in Walcott, Iowa.
The drive here was uneventful – traffic was manageable once we got out of Milwaukee.
Prince has been really good – just slept in his box, but seems happy to be out.
It’s really cold here – 21° out, but the two propane furnaces are keeping us nice and toasty inside…
Forecast is calling for freezing rain here tomorrow – so hoping we can get on the road before the roads get slick.
I’m off to bed…. Tomorrows going to be a long day.