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  • #46
    We are up in Cleveland, SC and it started raining at 6am this morning. Pretty much rain all day so be safe. Not a soul is complaining because this rain should relieve the drought conditions around the South.
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    • #47
      good wishes appreciated and understand on the rain .... it is supposed to set in here later today and once it starts, it is supposed to set in for a good while .... we plan to load everything but the last minute stuff this morning ; as well as, to hookup .... sounds like we will be driving through rain most all day and we expect it to rain most of the time between our arrival and when we pull out on Monday morning .... shouldn't be a major issue unless the creek that runs through the campground gets out of its banks
      Jim
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      • #48
        Originally posted by norty View Post
        We are up in Cleveland, SC and it started raining at 6am this morning. Pretty much rain all day so be safe. Not a soul is complaining because this rain should relieve the drought conditions around the South.
        What drought conditions? I had to put pontoons and a trolling motor on my lawn tractor.
        Clif and Millie
        Mabank, TX (sorta)
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        • #49
          headed out .... no rain at our home but its all around us
          Jim
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          • #50
            260.8 miles / 5 hr 17 min with a single fuel stop after leaving home we are setup in the East Asheville KOA .... at times we drove through heavy rain, at times light misting rain, at times over dry roads .... came upon one bad wreck (thankfully on the other side of a divided highway) between a semi and work van .... if the driver of the van walked away, he/she is a very lucky person .... more thunderstorms are predicted from now until well after we are supposed to be back on the road Monday morning
            Jim
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            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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            • #51
              we are camped just east of Asheville in the NC mountains ....bands of rain moved through last nigh, its pretty soggy this morning with heavy cloud cover on the "high tops" .... so far, rain only, no thunder .... on tap today is a visit with my Mom in her retirement home .... in addition we are scheduled to meet a cousin and his wife for lunch .... a quick trip to a local grocery for ice and a few things that we've discovered we didn't get packed .... we will also be storing items because once we pull out Monday morning we will be driving most of the next 4 days
              Jim
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              • #52
                day 2 of this trip is winding down and we are settled in for the evening .... tomorrow morning we hope to be on the road around 9 for what is slated to be a 317 mile, 4 hr 46 mile drive to Elkhorn Campground in Frankfort, Kentucky (link in post 1 in this thread) .... the drive will take us will take us through the gorge on I-40 over to Knoxville where we will take I-75 north toward Lexington .... its not a difficult drive but its far from easy .... 75 traverses the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains .... for our part of the country the drive up Jellico Mountain is long and steep .... we have scheduled one fuel stop for just before we cross out of Tennessee
                Jim
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                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                • #53
                  Be aware I-40 closed. Hope you are past this. Rockslide closes I-40 West near North Carolina-Tennessee border

                  Ron Norton
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                  • #54
                    5 hr 55 min / 341.9 miles after leaving East Asheville KOA, we are setup in Elkhorn Family Campground in Frankfort, KY, second picture .... this is our first visit to this CG, I hope to start a separate thread about it .... we have a nice site, don't often get one with a really nice wooden deck .... just before crossing into KY we took on fuel so as to take advantage of TN fuel prices ..... 430 miles since filling our tanks, over which we averaged 9.5 mpg .... that ain't too bad since that drive took us across the Smokies and then up their spine once we turned north at Knoxville .... in and out of rain all day, first picture .... thankfully it appears that the front which has been soaking our part of the country has moved on to the north and east ..... the forecast says 0% chance of rain tomorrow, sure hope they are right about it ....
                    Jim
                    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
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                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                    • #55
                      321.3 miles / 6 hr 3 min after leaving Elkhorn, we a set up at D&W Lake Campground in Champaigh, IL, link can be found in post 1 in this thread .... this is another first time campground for us, a couple of pictures show our current site .... a separate thread will (eventually) be started ..... all in all, today's drive went pretty well .... a couple of delays in work zones and one for some mysterious happening which literally stopped interstate traffic but we didn't see anything that could have been the cause .... in a deviation of one of our norms, we topped off the truck's tanks twice today .... the first time was to take advantage of the price of fuel in Kentucky where we were able to purchase pure #2 Diesel .... the second time was in Illinois where I filled the tanks as quickly as possible after reaching the point where we now have sufficient fuel onboard to get us to South Dakota .... all of the fuel between here and there had a Bio additive, in many places up to 20% .... by topping off the tanks at that point, we will have a the most good diesel to dilute the Bio component .... tomorrow's drive to Waterloo, IA and most of the next day's drive over to Sioux City will take us through a part of the country that we have never visited .... we are most certainly l looking forward that .... today we did see some flooded farm fields but nothing which came close to a highway
                      Jim
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                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                      • #56
                        338.1 miles / 5 hrs 39 min D & W we are setup in Waterloo KOA .... this is our first visit to this park and it is a most pleasant surprise .... bottom line, we have camped in KOA's from coast to coast, including the original one in Billings, Montana .... the Waterloo KOA is without a doubt the nicest of them all .... I will starting a separate thread on it .... the weather conditions during today's drive literally changed every few minutes .... bands of heavy rain and wind separated by beautiful blue sky .... thankfully, while there has been thunder in the distance, its been sunny since we arrived .... our site can be seen below .... the site is terraced so that the sewer connection is as high or higher than where the waste leaves the camper .... that can complicate the setup .... if all goes well, this time tomorrow we should be setup in Estelline
                        Last edited by JEBar; 06-13-2019, 01:02 AM.
                        Jim
                        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                        '17 Elio reserved

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                        • #57
                          well, following a long (for us) days drive we are setup in Estelline were we will be for about 2 months .... visits with family and friends have already started .... we haven't completed our full setup, hopefully we can do so in the morning .... our drive took us over roads we have never traveled and through country we have never seen .... the weather was beautiful, couldn't have asked for anything better .... Iowa HWY 20 turned out to be a good, 4 lane divided highway with a 65 mph speed limit .... I'd take it again without any hesitation .... I'll try to get the numbers for today's drive as well as for the trip to date in the morning
                          Jim
                          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                          '17 Elio reserved

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                          • #58
                            Sounds great. I've been waiting for a thumbs up from you on a successful trip.
                            Clif and Millie
                            Mabank, TX (sorta)
                            2015 Chevrolet 3500 LTZ Allison/Duramax Dually
                            2015 Heartland Cyclone CY3418 Toy Hauler
                            2005 HD Dyna Super Glide

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                            • #59
                              we've been busy .... last night we drove to Sioux Falls airport (150 mile round trip) to pick up our daughter and her foster son whose flight arrived shortly after midnight .... they will be our here with us for a 10 day visit .... earlier this morning we drove to Brookings (50 mile round trip) to take care of some shopping and to fill the truck .... 8.9 mpg over the last 800 miles ..... this afternoon, one heck of a rain storm blew through, no clue how much rain came down .... a twister is reported to have touched down east of town, no clue how much if any damage .... preparations for next weekend's rodeo have begun
                              Jim
                              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                              '17 Elio reserved

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                              • #60
                                its been a really good day in the neighborhood .... one of my brothers-in-law and his son-in-law spent most of the day fishing .... the parking/launch areas on the first three lakes we tried were filled .... one of the advantages of fishing with folks who really know the area was their ability to come up with a Plan B, C, D, etc .... we ended up at a lake that isn't easy to get to, 4-wheen drive is a necessity .... two of the walleye are over 20" and one white crappie exceeds the state's Proud Angler standards
                                Jim
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                                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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