Wall, SD High 71 Low 46
We finally got out of Billings about 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. We had to stop and get fuel and dump on our way out of town. Our destination was Broadus, MT, 165 miles southeast.
Jim has a good friend who lives in Broadus. Used to work with Phil at the Chevy Dealership in Billings. Phil was in a terrible auto wreck about five years ago. Rolled his car several times, got thrown out of the car, and spent many months in the hospital. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt which made things much worse. When they picked us up to go to dinner, both Jim and I noticed that neither Phil nor Heather wear seat belts. I just cannot believe that they would continue to risk their lives.
They have nine children – five are his, two are hers and two are theirs. There were 11 of us at the restaurant for dinner and it was really loud with lots of laughter and everybody talking all at once. Quite a change for Jim and I and our quiet dinners.
They took us back to our rig and we went to bed shortly after we got home. It had been a really really long day.
Left Broadus about 9:00 with our next destination in Wall, about 205 miles. We got about 30 miles down the road and the change fuel filter light came on. I found a Chevy dealership in Spearfish, SD and they could get us in at 1:30. We got parked on a side street at 11:15 and unhitched. It was hot - in the 90’s, so Jim pulled out the awning and opened all the windows.
At 2:15 Jim walked over to check on the truck and they were just finishing up. He filled up the truck and we hitched up and finally got back on the road at 3:00.
Spent the night at Sleepy Hollow Campground in Wall, SD. The place was packed. Good thing I called ahead to make a reservation. Felt really good to plug in and turn that air conditioner on.
Then the WIND hit. About 10:30 last night. And it’s still blowing. Gusts at 52 mph. Wind advisory until 3:00 this afternoon. We are going to spend another night here at the Sleepy Hollow. At least it cooled down.
Most of the other RVs in the campground took off this morning. Saw lots of travel travels without a good sway bar system, one of them was even a one axle camper with no sway bars being towed by a mini-van. Down right scary.