Monday, January 9, 2012

The next few months of 2011

Once we left KY and all our family we started missing them, but we were rolling again. Our first stop was Fort Knox KY. This is where I took basic training back in 1976 when I joined the U S Army. I still swear they moved the river that defines the borders of KY and IN because this was the coldest place I had ever been when we did those long marches and field training, and standing in the chow lines before daylight waiting was terrible. Now it is a beautiful fort and has a nice fam-camp.

After a few days at Ft Knox we headed to Evansville IN where we had the "Air force One" installed on the Kountry Star. That is the device that works the brakes on the jeep as I apply the brakes on the KS.

Then it was on to MI where Phoenix Paints repaired the damage I had done to the front of the KS.

While they had the rig in the paint booth we spent a couple days at Bear Cave Resort. I was never so happy to get back into our bed, although we did enjoy the hot tub.

Once Phoenix Paints was finished with the rig we headed west. We spent a week in a secluded campground in MN, and then on to ND where we spent the first night in the 48th state since we started full-timing.
It was strange spending a week on an Air force Base and never seeing an airplane.

In ND was visited Roosevelt National Park, and the Bad lands of ND. Both were OK but not on the top of our lists of things to return to see again, so now we can say we have been there and done that, but don't have a burning desire to return.

However, our next stop was Rapid City SD, a place we called home for three years and a place we love to visit in the summer months. We stayed at the Air force Fam-Camp because it was cheap enough during Sturgis Bike Week.

We did the petrified forest and Marcia was sitting on a petrified log when I took this picture.

We toured the air and space museum where we saw some impressive aircraft.

We did the Wall Drug tourist trap and Marcia had to tame this wild jack-a-lope.

We did the SD Bad Lands on a day trip, and that is a place I could spend a week at.

We also did Sturgis during BIKE WEEK. I have never seen so many motorcycles, they were every where.

Then we meandered into WY.

We spent a couple days at Devils Tower, staying at the CG there we were able to make several day trips to the outlying towns where we experienced their events during Sturgis Bike Week.

We spent a week in the Black Hills National Forest in WY enjoying the beauty of the area while we waited for time to arrive at the Escapade.

This was our site in the BHNF, we were almost the only ones enjoying this CG after bike week.

Here is a picture of us leaving Devils Tower, (sorry it is out of sequence).

Our next stop is the Escapade in Gilette WY. I will do it and the rest of 2011 in another blog..........

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