Once I got the positive news that I would be spending the summer at Tamarac NWR in NW Minnesota, I got out my road atlas to begin pouring over my route to get there. I have to begin by getting down to I-10 for a trip to Scott, LA, to visit my most trusted RV repair place, Billy Thibodeaux’s Premiere RV. Long time readers may remember that this is where I had my MCD shades and the residential refrigerator (twice) installed.
Wildflowers blooming this week on the refuge will be the pics for tonight; like this candyroot.
At about 675 miles to Scott, which is longer than I thought it would be, it will take me three days to get there. Once there, I’ll have routine maintenance, new tires, and some more MCD shades installed. With the list I have of things to get done, it will more than take care of my nice tax refund this year.
The first hooded pitcher plant bloom of the season.
Thibodeaux’s has full hookups for me, so I’ll be revisiting some places I’ve been before in the area to enjoy a shrimp po’boy or two. I may even make a return trip to Avery Island and the Tabasco factory since the last time I was there I was contracting the Louisiana crud, and had a raging fever. I’m hoping the work only takes a little over a week to accomplish. The MCD shades are what will take time to measure out, order, and receive delivery on for installation.
Once everything is done, I’ll head north to Fargo, ND. I’ve taken I-35 and I-55 north before, so I want to take a different route this time. Since driving the rig is the thing about this lifestyle that I find least appealing, I tend to rely on interstates. Many others prefer two lane roads, but interstates work for me when I need to get somewhere on a deadline.
So now I have a question for any of you travelers. Has anyone taken US 71 from Texarkana to Fort Smith, Arkansas? It’s the most direct route to get me to I-29, but is a two lane highway that I’ve never driven before. I’m hoping someone can give me some input as to whether this is a good choice or not.
With only two weeks to the day to go before my departure, my mind is working away on a schedule of getting packed up and ready. My stomach is also doing the usual flip flops now and then…
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy