We’d been thinking about heading east to the Cape Hatteras coast for awhile, and because we had some errands to run (when you’re full-time RVers, “running errands” can mean traveling across the country!), we decided this would be a great way to try out the new Winnie.
We battled eastern Colorado and Nebraska winds, and generally adjusted to the difference in driving the Winnie, especially while towing the truck. Our assessment: you have to actually *drive* this rig, both hands on the steering wheel, correcting for bumps and wind gusts and general road conditions. That’s okay — Ellen can feel her upper arms getting stronger every time she’s in the driver’s seat!
After stops in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Iowa (both of which we’d return to again this summer, so more on these later), it was eastward ho! for us.
We’d been hearing about the Missouri River flooding, and knew it was going to affect its tributaries, so we kept our eyes open for evidence of it. We didn’t have to look very hard. Rivers were swollen…
… and farmlands were flooded:
Of course, we wouldn’t be full-time RVers if the journey itself wasn’t as much fun as the destination. Our route took us through the Rosebud Indian Reservation…
…and through vast grasslands where we didn’t see another soul for miles:
RVers who tell you they don’t pay attention to other rigs on the road are lying. We’re all curious about what other people are using for towing, whether they’ve made modifications we can adopt for our own purposes, etc. etc.
So it’s not surprising to see someone doing what we’ve all done:
What’s worse than driving with the outside step down? Doing it in a road construction zone:
Driving through road construction in the rain, that’s what!