June 15, 2012
Well the trip started today.
I made if from Freeman MO to Lake Poinsett State Rec Area out side Arlington SD. I stayed on I-29 most of the way. The rode is good, but the scenery is flat farm land. It was heavy clouds most of the way. I had rain for Cedar Rapids to Souix City IA. After Souix Falls SD the clouds broke and it was sunny. I traveled 513 miles today.
I got gas 4 times, I didn’t start with a full tank. And I did let it get below 2 bars, since I didn’t know where the next gas station is.
I stopped to look at a wind farm on the hills overlooking the Missouri river valley. Those things are big. I saw several windmill props being moved down the highway. One is longer than 2 semis with trailers.
The most unusual thing I saw was a dead peacock. I am used to seeing dead deer or raccoon or squirrel or many wild animals that have been hit by a car. But I don’t ever remember seeing a peacock on the highway before.
I found a nice state park campground. Cost $14 with day permit. It has showers, although they are a ways from my tent site. It is right on the lake. People are out night fishing right now. It is very family oriented or at least that is who is here tonight. I am setting looking out over the lake, watching the lights of the fishing boats move over the water.
Of course, I did forget something. I forgot my toiletry kit; the toothbrush, soap, razor, toothpaste, etc. I guess I will have to stop tomorrow and pick them up.