And the Floods Came...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Al's Oasis Campground
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lynnie spotted a neat little bird next to the coach this morning: a goldfinch.  It hung around long enough to get a few good shots.

We got out of the campground by eight-forty-five and headed on Highway 81 toward Oacoma.  The ride was great.  It featured verdant fields, ponds and small lakes and much agricultural.  Cattle and sheep grazed in the fields next to the road.  We haven't really seen such since we left good ol' Montan'.  Then things changed.

We saw the sign warning of water on the road, but in that area, it had receded and the road was dry.  A few miles farther down the road, we encountered a lake.  Usually, I assume, it's on both sides of the highway.  Today, however, due to the large amount of rain they've had recently, it actually covers the road.  The photos give a better idea of how it was.  No real danger, however, since folks were driving with reason and prudence.  We slowed to about fifteen miles an hour and had no problem.  It really makes a guy think though.  We rarely have flooding at home.  Here it's a different story.

No matter how you may view Global Warming, there IS truly a climate change taking place.  We've narrowly avoided tornadoes and floods and are thankful for it.  We have our protector with us and it works, for us anyway.  

After about eighty miles, we hooked up with I-90 and headed west.  Most of the road is tolerable, but here as on I-29, there's lots of construction.  The highway is concrete, so replacing it is a complicated and costly matter.  They break up the road, haul it to a crusher and make gravel out of it.  I assume that they use that material to mix new concrete for the replacement highway.  

We're in a small town across the Missouri River from Chamberlain, South Dakota.  Our site is just off the highway, but we've grown accustomed to both quiet and noise.  No problem there.  Lynnie's doing our last traveler's laundry and I'm typing.  Nothing new there. We'll be home in a week if all goes well,  Tomorrow we'll get to Rapid City and camp near Mount Rushmore.  I'm excited to see it all in person.  With any luck, I'll have some decent photos to post here for your view.  Take care and "keep coming back"... 
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