Our Lazy Daze Motorhome

Our Lazy Daze Motorhome
2009 Lake Louise

Monday, May 25, 2009

Alaska - Part 1 - Birmingham, AL to Great Falls, MT

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We left home today at 2:40 pm CT. The mileage on our Lazy Daze was 20,457. We left Birmingham on Hwy 78 toward Tupelo and crossed the MS line at 4:40 pm CT. We arrived at Wall Doxey SP at 6:30 pm. We traveled 211 miles today.

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Still driving Hwy 78 we got through Memphis but there was LOTS of traffic and it was very slow. St. Louis traffic was no better. We traveled the beltway, I-270, thinking it would be less traffic, but it wasn’t. We traveled I-270 to I-70. We took I-70 to exit 15b at Independence, MO, just south of Kansas City, where we stayed overnight on Hwy 291 at Walmart/Sams. We arrived at 6:16 pm. We were so tired. We had driven 561 miles which took 11 hours. Today we averaged 55.31 miles per hour and about 9.4 miles per gallon.

Friday, May 22, 2009
Shopped at Sams and Walmart then got gas at Sams before leaving at 10:30 am. We got on Hwy 291 N to I-435 to I-29 N (beltway around Kansas City). We stopped in Souix City, IA for gas then drove on to Souix Falls, SD where we got on I-90 W. We stopped for the night in Salem, SD, about 30 miles west of Souix Falls at the Camp America CG right off I-90 at mm 364. We arrived at 6:15 pm. We had driven 414.3 miles today in 7.75 hours. The road was mostly flat so we got 9.72 miles per gallon. We have driven 1,187 miles since we left home Wednesday at 2:40 pm.

Saturday, May 23, 2009
We woke up to rain this morning. We left the campsite at 9:45 PM. We discovered there was a Cabelas at mm 332 so we headed out and bought a few items. The time changed to Mountain Time along I-90 between Salem and Kodaka, SD. The rain stopped but it was still overcast. This is where we entered the Badlands National Park. It was 3:00 pm MT. It took about an hour to drive through the smaller loop but it was amazing.
We stopped in Rapid City at the LaCross St Exit 57 to find the Walmart to stay the night.

Sunday, May 24, 2009
We woke up to no water today. The fresh water tank was 1/3 of the way full, but the pump wasn’t working at all. We went back a few exits where we had seen a flying J and filled up the gas tank and took showers. Taking a shower at a truck stop is quite an experience and expensive $8.50 ea. Along I-90 at mm32 is Sturgis, SD, the motorcycle capital of the world. We stopped and took pictures at how dead it was without all those bikes, but could imagine how crazy it would be with 100,000 bikes driving through that little town. The western side of SD is much prettier than the eastern side green, hilly and lots of trees. We crossed into WY at 10:45 am MT. We stopped at mm 205 at the Buffalo Jump exit to inquire, but Buffalo Jump is closed until June 1 so we will see that on the next trip. The rain picked up as we were on our way. We just kept driving on I-90 and crossed into MT at 2:15 pm MT. We felt like we were home. This side of the state is definitely prairie, but it is very pretty. It’s green, flat, with lots of sagebrush growing and cattle and horses grazing. We feel fortunate to occasionally see small herds of antelope, our favorite animal. They have patches of white that makes them easy to spot. We will be staying at the Walmart in Billings. We know we can always stay at a Walmart parking lot for an overnight, usually along with many other RVers. Last night there were about 10-12 RVs and 18 wheelers. We always check our list off the Walmart website to make sure they allow overnight parking. Without any facilities, you can see how important it is to keep your water pump running. We will have no water tonight, but are hoping to get it fixed in Billings or we will drive on to Great Falls to get it fixed at one of their RV Service Centers. We’re here in Billings at Costco at 4:10 pm MT. Woohoo!! Gas is $2.40 a gallon. Tomorrow is Memorial Day so no RV Service Centers will be open.

Monday, May 25, 2009
Today we had lunch with Harry and Mary Gottwals and were then on to Great Falls. Coming across Hwy 87 was absolutely beautiful and the weather was sunny and warm. We arrived at 7:45 pm at the Great Falls Walmart. We are hoping that one of the two RV Service Centers here in town will be able to accommodate us tomorrow to get our water pump working!!

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