Saturday, May 20, 2017

Waiting Out Bad Weather

Interesting sights en route
We decided to stay another day at Frontier Campground. Heavy rain and strong winds were forecast for Minnesota in the afternoon and overnight. We were quite comfortable with excellent Wi-Fi.  I was able to update the maps in Rhonda, my Garmin GPS.
The location was excellent for taking Shadow on long walks in the  campground and woods behind it which we did before a steady rain began mid-afternoon. Jean did some emailing and caught up on her picture editing. Both Hunter and Shadow enjoyed a day without travel.
We reached a cool 8º. At least the weather was keeping away the bugs.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Smooth Motoring Day

The furnace got a good workout overnight as it dipped to 0º. We woke to frost and a clear sky. We left the campground shortly after 9:00 and stopped for gas @ $2.42.9 / gal. in Newberry. We continued west on hwy 28 along Lake Superior. We made a comfort stop at one scenic overlook and stopped for lunch at a roadside pull off along the shore. It was cool and very windy.
In the afternoon we stopped two more times, in Marquette at a Walmart for a few groceries and a comfort stop for Shadow at Agate Falls Scenic Site near Bruce Crossing. We enjoyed the trail walk along the Ontonagon  River to see the falls.

We passed several creeks and rivers swollen from recent rains. They had flooded their banks and swamped the surrounding areas.
We crossed into Central time just before we entered Wisconsin and stopped at  Frontier Campground near the village of Cedar  at 3:30 new time after motoring 413 km. Much of our route was along the Lake Superior Circle Tour. The campground was the nicest and cheapest  yet with full hookups, good Wi-Fi and t.v. reception for $31.65. It was also the busiest yet with several overnighters. With our earlier stop,  I was also able to take  Shadow for longer walks.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Back in the U.S.A.

Day 2 was a very eventful day and expensive. I spoke too soon. We were up early, thanks to the children, and discovered, only after we unhooked, that the house batteries were drained, dead, kaput! OMG! Not really surprising when I checked my servicing records and realized the batteries were 8 years old. We left the campground at 8:00, actually 8:10, a problem with the not so automated security gate! A possible sign of how our day was going to go?? Read on.....
We made good time, straight to Canadian Tire in Sault Ste. Marie where I was prepared to buy two new batteries and install them myself. Wrong. As  I was disconnecting the batteries, I found the connector end of one of the battery cables had broken off! Canadian Tire couldn't "fit" us in until the next day but suggested we try Martin's Trailers, a few km down the road. We did and hallelujah!
Approximately 5 hours after arriving in The Soo, we were on our way again, two new batteries installed and a new connector soldered to the battery cable, all for $588.92, our second most costly repair in Harvee Too's 12 years. I'm not complaining. It rained intermittently while the  mechanic worked. The awning helped to keep him dry.
We had about a 10 minute line up  at the border, no problem at customs and entered Michigan  at 4:05. We drove  as far as Newberry and checked in at Kritter's Northcountry Campground and Cabins at 5:35. We motored 305 km.
It was 12º when our day began, reached a high of 15º mid-day and dropped to 2º by the time we reached the campground.  I didn't think I'd be wearing my ski vest before The Rockies! At least the rain had ended.
We had two wildlife sightings en route: a wolf crossed hwy 17 in front of us and a crane in a ditch beside hwy 28.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

♫♪ On the road again...♪♫

Day 1 of our trip was uneventful which is a good thing, really, as Harvee Too comes out of 6 months of hibernation. All systems are working as they should ...touch wood. We finished packing Harvee Too, loaded the children on board and pulled out at 10:05. First stop was just 10 km down the road at Blacks Motor Sales  in Sundridge for propane. We were officially on our way north on hwy 11 at 10:35. We stopped in North Bay to do some shopping at Walmart and Pet Valu, ate a quick lunch and continued west on hwy 17.
It was a very hot, windy and buggy drive, SO many splats on the windshield which made picture taking a challenge for Jean. Traffic was light but we ran into some single lane construction delays west of Sudbury.
We arrived at Serpent River Campground east of Spragge at 4:30, later than we expected due to the construction. We are one of two overnighters.We motored  336 km.
Highlight of the day for me: getting the air conditioning on. It reached 29º. Highlight for Jean: her beer and 7up.  It was a disappointing picture taking day for her. Tomorrow she'll get out the big cannon Canon.