Crossing the border between Iowa and Minnesota demonstrated two things: the roads in Minnesota are one hell of a lot smoother, and the snow line is currently right at the border. After bouncing along past brown earth and patches of snow, we passed the “Welcome to Minnesota” sign and immediately morphed to full snow cover and even roadways. Ah, to be back in familiar country!
After leaving the St. Louis area, we made a midpoint stop at Center Point, Iowa. The RV park, “Lazy Acres”, is not fully open. The owners are actually in Arizona and we booked the site remotely with them by phone. For $30 we got electric service, fast Wifi, sewer hookup, a place to park and no noisy neighbors. Not a bad deal for a one night stop. The outside temperature stayed above 35 so we were able to put off winterizing the water system.
From there a smooth 4 hour drive brought us home…
…to a 580 foot driveway that needed plowing. With the rig parked on the road we trudged up to the house and fired up two snowblowers. The big blower handled the long stretches…
… while Peg laboriously made a dent in the turn-around area.
By the time we cleared a path, unloaded the trailer, winterized, and took needed showers, we were two exhausted travelers. Even after being south for 40 days, much of it in shorts, the 40 degrees here feels warm.
Our back deck has almost 17″ of snow near the house and more farther out. Screw it: this time I’ll just let the sun melt it.
Thus endeth our 3700 mile get-away-from-winter-and-visit-some-friends trip. Other than a defective fridge, the truck and trailer performed well. After having a string of gas powered pickup trucks, the upgrade to diesel has been totally worth it. The toy garage held my TW200, Peg’s scooter, two mountain bikes and too much other stuff. We’re still getting the hang of organizing stuff back there.