Saturday, August 18 through Monday, August 20, 2007
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A Rainy Drive Across Iowa and Illinois
Saturday, August 18, 2007
It is pouring down rain when we pack up in Iowa at the dragstrip campground. Jere is soaked and cold. It is not only raining, but it is cold. Today's scenery is more fields of corn and soybeans. Lunch at roadside rest again today, but it's cold so hot soup in the trailer.
We cross the Mississippi River today and then we stop at Joliette, Illinois, near Chicago for the night. The rain finally stops, so after dinner Joe and Jere play basketball while I watch TV and update my journal.
Note: No pictures today--too much rain.
A Rainy Drive across Indiana
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It rains all day, sometimes heavy. They had 2 inches of rain in Toledo today with high of 62 degrees. So another cold and rainy day.
We had hoped to stop in at the RV Hall of Fame Museum today in Elkhart, Indiana, but it is closed Sundays. Half of the RVs built in the U.S. are manufactured near Elkhart, Indiana. We pass several of the manufacturing plants today, but it's raining too hard to even take pictures of the plants or the museum.
We stop at the Milan RV Park near Toledo, Ohio and are stuck inside the trailer, listening to the rain for the evening.
Yet Another Rainy Day: through Ohio
Monday, August 20, 2007
It pours down rain all day! Toledo had 2-5 inches already in the last 24 hours and they are predicting another 2-5 inches today! Luckily we didn't unhook the trailer last night, so Jere doesn't need to hook up the trailer in the pouring down rain.
The drive today is not enjoyable -- it pours for the entire drive through Ohio and then into Pennsylvania. I don't even try to take a picture of the Welcome to Pennsylvania sign. We see lots of fender benders but thankfully no serious accidents. Our trailer brake alarm keeps randomly 'dinging' throughout the day, so by the time we get to the campground in Rockwood, Pennsylvania, I'm frazzled and glad to stop. I take a hot shower and then we're stuck in the trailer again tonight listening to the rain hit the trailer.
They are forecasting for more rain tonight and tomorrow. So it looks like we'll end our 200+ day trip across the United States with several days of cold and wet weather. I feel like the dreary weather at the end of our trip means something, but I'm not sure what. Some kind of sign? But sign of what???
The good thing with the crummy weather is that we'll get home a day earlier than planned. Due to the rain we made very few stops. Boring, long days of driving to end our trip :-(