Woke up to clear skies, although it was a bit muddy from last nights storm. Got on the road a bit earlier than usual so we would arrive in Custer early enough in the day to stop & wash the truck & 5'er before arriving at our campground for the summer. But that turned out quite differently than expected!
I-25 is a nice wide interstate with rolling hills and plenty of wide open spaces. Too many big rigs for our taste but it's fairly easy to get enough momentum to pass them on the long, steep climbs. The problem is they want to run you down on the other side, lol! We love trains and there are certainly plenty of them in this area. Most of them are coal trains as opposed to the many freight trains we encountered earlier in the week.
Last year we enjoyed our route enough that we decided to take US Highway 18 east again, stopping at the very pretty rest stop in Lusk for lunch. We just can't resist stretching our legs a bit there and playing on the swings & slides after our meal. Get to feel like a kid again, if only for a few minutes :)
Back on the road again we stopped for the obligatory pic under the South Dakota state sign and not much later cruised through the town of Edgemont where our friends Frank & Peggy reside. We thought about calling them & stopping for a quick visit but decided it was getting late enough we'd better move on. Well, that didn't last much longer.
A few miles later we heard and felt & large 'kablam', sort of like a tire blew up in the back seat. It turned out to be our turbo hose, once again! Arghhhhhh, we are so tired of dealing with this issue! Wish we had never let them convince us to change the original one way back in Olympia, Washington. We've had nothing but trouble with the new one ever since. We've dealt with 3 Ford dealerships since that time and it continues to blow off when under a heavy load. And it's very sporadic so we never get any warning. Fortunately, Larry has watched them put it back on several times now so after letting the engine cool for awhile he climbed up under a very hot hood, sitting on the radiator in order to reach it, and reattached the darn thing. We went about 1/4 mile and 'kablam', it was off again! So we waited a bit, he reattached it again & we made it, yep you guessed it, another 1/3 of a mile before we hear 'kablam' once again! NO way :(
Well, the third time was a charm and we made it into Custer about 5:45pm. On the plus side, it was wonderful to see our friends Paul & Marcie and Dick & Lou again as they all came out to greet us. Onyx was pleased to see them as well!
In addition to that, our buddies Brad & Bonnie saw & heard our rig go by the Buglin' Bull, a local restaurant, as they were upstairs on the deck. They are better known as the Ramblin' Rangers and were playing music for two hours. So, we decided to push the rig into our RV space, leave the truck hooked up and head downtown for a bite to eat while we enjoyed both seeing & listening to them. While there, two more friends joined us, Van Arp & Tony Collins. About 7:30pm the rain came & it rained fairly heavily for the next hour. But we didn't let that deter us as we made our way down the street to visit another group of friends gathered at the Naked Winery to hear our friend Steve Gardner sing. We got there in time to catch a couple of his tunes & then our friend Rose Arp closed down the evening with her rendition of 'Bobby McGee' which happens to be Dick's favorite. A great way to end the evening.
It was a long day & we are pretty worn out so it's time we hit the sack. Tomorrow we'll straighten out the rig & get settled in, but for now, all I can say is we're glad to be here and looking forward to plenty of adventures in the coming weeks. So stay tuned :)