It has been a while since my last post and with my memory not as good as when I was younger, you and I will need to rely on the notes I took during our drive home.
We had a shorter day today due to a bit of a snow storm. It wasn’t really bad. The temperature was hovering around -1℃ (30℉), the cross wind was strong and the snow was starting to collect on the road. After driving for six hours we found a rest stop and pulled off the road around 2:30, either to wait it out or call it quits for the day. Well by about 5 P.M. the sky had cleared and the sun was out. Unfortunately it was too late in the day to proceed any farther, so we settled in just north of the South/North Dakota border.
We realized we were behind in our self-imposed schedule, so we started a little earlier today. The temperature was pretty steady all day long, -15 ℃ (5℉). We found last night that the propane furnace really couldn’t keep up with the cold and wind, so tonight we stayed at a Best Western Motel in Brandon Manitoba. I can’t tell you how nice it was to take a shower and not having to worry about running out of hot water.
We had to scrape the windows this morning. It was cold and another early morning. It was nice driving under the clear blue, sunny skies. We backed the RV into the driveway around 2:30 in the afternoon. After grabbing a few things that needed to go into the house right away, we plopped down on the couch and gave a sigh of relief. Even though we had just spent seven hours in the truck, we were home and could relax.
While we were in Texas I was asked a few times about our fuel economy and how far was our drive. I really could answer these questions as I had never measured them. On our was home I kept track, so here are some statistics:
- Saskatoon to South Padre Island is 3886 Kms (7772 Kms roundtrip, 4829 miles)
- We used more fuel coming home. More wind and it’s uphill.
- Total fuel used was 1775 litres (468 gallons)
- Round trip fuel economy was 22 l/100km or 10.3 miles/gallon
- Total time behind the wheel coming home was 49 hours
The last few days have been a little more hectic that we were used to in Texas. We have gotten the RV, mostly, unpacked. There have been some home repairs completed. We can now sit back and wait in anticipation of spring’s arrival. It will be nice to see the plants popping green out of the dead, cold flower beds. It will also be very enjoyable sitting on the deck, around 4 o’clock, remembering our “happy hour” friends and the fantastic sunsets we were blessed with while in Texas.