Barb managed to stuff everything away and we were on the road by noon headed for South Dakota. We stopped twice to double check things like when one of us would ask..."Did you latch the bikes?" (they weren't latched). Luckily Sioux Falls is only 5 hours from us so we pulled in about 6pm. We definitely need a check list for opening, closing and packing things up. Although we have had a horse trailer with living quarters for years, this is our first RV so we are learning some things as we go.
One minor catastrophe.....one of the overhead doors had opened and you cannot see it with the slides in. The problem is when we opened the slides the door got caught and took a little chip out of it. Could have been a lot worse and lesson learned.
|Who has the keys?|
In a previous post I listed our "must haves" and "nice to haves". I forgot one thing..... an additional mirror on the passenger side so Barb and see the back of the trailer while I am turning corners. More than once while turning corners I would try to look in the passenger side mirror only to see the back of Barb's head as she too was looking to make sure we were clearing the corner!
Sioux Falls went seamlessly. We stopped at the mail forwarding service and picked up our mail and filled out our vehicle registration information. Then it was off to the DMV to get our drivers licenses. We filled out the paperwork, provided our passports, SS cards, 2 pieces of mail and our hotel receipt and within 20 minutes we had our drivers licenses and were South Dakota residents!
|This is when we could see the road!|
Then it was off to Salt Lake, it was a two day trip that was both beautiful and horrifying. If you have never driven Hwy 44 through the Missouri River area of South Dakota you have to do it. The horrifying part was between Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming were we got caught in a snow storm going over the mountains just east of Laramie. It was 6am and white out conditions, Barb was driving and could not see the centerline or the white line on the shoulder. Twice the truck and trailer slid sideways trying to maintain traction going up the grade. Stopping was not an option because once stopped you would never gain traction to get moving again. So she put it into 4WD and rode the rumble strip (at least we knew where we were on the road!) at 25mph for 10 miles to the Happy Jack rest area. We waited it out for a few hours and descended the 5% grade into Laramie.
We made Salt Lake last night but still encountered several white-knuckle stretches across Wyoming where a snow storm would hit and the roads disappear! We will spend the next few days visiting with our kids and hopeful that is the last time we will be driving in snow for a long time!