Well actually the Border Patrol Officer was really nice. She didn’t ask us any questions that got us in trouble and actually wished us a good trip and warm winter. It was nice to hear the personnel comments as you often only get “Business” from them.
We left Saskatoon on Monday morning, November 13 and finally pulled into our winter spot around lunchtime yesterday Sunday, November 19. It was a long 7 days. You don’t really get to see much when travelling on the Interstate Highway System. Basically there are lots of lanes going through the major cities often accompanied by construction which slows everything down.
Here is a synopsis of what we encountered on each day of our trip. If you want to see the locations we stopped at, head on over to our “Where We Are” page. Here you can click the box for the year you are interested in and see our progress.
Left Saskatoon around 9:30 AM and stopped at the Manitoba Welcome Centre about 6 hours later. The road conditions were good except between Regina and White City. Here it was foggy which seemed to make the road damp. Temperature was +4.
Left the Visitor Centre around 9:00 AM with the temperature at +1. There was melting ice on the windshield which makes me think there was more fog during the night. As we entered North Dakota the fog returned. At times we think the visibility was down to ½ KM. It was an overcast dreary day with the temperature varying between -4 and +4. We stopped for the night around 5:00 PM at Elm River Visitor Centre, just north of Fargo ND.
The south half of North Dakota has no snow in the fields. In South Dakota the farmers are out in their fields harvesting corn. This is corn country. It is everywhere. Some of the other fields and some of the ditches are green. We had a gusty tail wind today which helped with the fuel economy and the temperature was -5. Last night wasn’t very restful as we had semi tractors on each side of us with their engines running all night long. We also ran out of propane last night. We woke up to +3 in the camper instead of +13. I quickly went out and switched propane tanks and went back to bed for an hour until everything warmed up. We are in Sioux City for the night and then will be heading west. The wildlife has been sparse and fields have turned to rolling hills with cows everywhere.
Got on the road about 8:30 this morning and passed through Omaha and then headed west. There seems to be more traffic east/west than we experienced north/south. We turned south near York and stopped for the night just north of McPherson Kansas after about 8 hours driving. The temperature ranged from -3 to +16 and we had a slight head wind. Still lots of cows and corn. The fields are green and the Department of Transport is out mowing the ditches. We must be south enough the farmers are getting two crops per year.
Travelled through Kansas and Oklahoma today. The soil has turned a red colour. Much like a red fired brick. We are in oil country as you can see the oil pumps in the fields. We had a head wind today and started the day out at +16. We have stopped in the north part of Texas. A little short of where we wanted to end up. This is because I like to travel in the right (slow) lane and the exit to go around Oklahoma city is on the left. With the amount of traffic, I was unable to switch over 3 lanes in time to make the exit. This added about an hour as we snaked back around the various exits and entrances on the Interstate so we were heading in the right direction again. We saw a couple of bad car accidents and our first cotton field. This morning was cloudy, the afternoon was clear blue skies.
More accidents in the ditch and on the road today which slowed us down. No ambulances were seen so luckily it was only a loss of property. We saw the results of a crash going north at Fort Worth where the 4 lanes of traffic stopped, for at least 10 miles. There was a lot of construction in Austin, slowed us again. We started at +16 and when we stopped it was +29.
Started the day at +13 and pulled into the park around 12:30 with +20 degrees. We had sunny skies and a strong tail wind. As we approached Harlingen it started to get cloudy with a cool breeze. Today was all about Palm trees, Prickly pear, sand and butterflies.
The total distance of our journey was 3890 KMs and if you add 22¢ to the american dollars we spent, the average fuel cost was 92.9 ¢/l.