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Every road trip I forget to share something from our trip that I really wanted to share, so since our last day/s is mostly the exact same route each trip heading home it seems like a good time to tell you what I forgot.
It drives us CRAZY that RV Parks advertise FREE Wifi, BUT it is so slow that you barely can get a text message out on our iPads or Macs. We have been struggling for years to post our blogs, send/receive emails, and upload pictures. Our best bets were the local McD’s, “I’m Lovin’ It!” Last year we bought AT&T’s Hot Spot service for the month we were on our fall road trip as it only then cost $35 a month. It worked well!
This spring AT&T upgraded our service that now includes 30GB of Hot Spot service per phone per month and its FREE with the Unlimited Everything (except Hot Spot) Family plan we use; and an added bonus our rate went down about $4.50 per phone line per month!!!
Coming from California where the speed limit is only 70mph on the interstates in unpopulated areas, small two lane highways tops out at 55mph with a few exceptions, and trucks and vehicles with trailers only get to go a maximum of 55mph it is always surprising to see the speed limits in other states.
Most of the states in the south and midwest have a maximum of 75mph with some at 80mph; this includes trucks (18 WHEELERS!!!) and vehicles with trailers!!! I only go a maximum of 65mph pulling the car behind the motorhome as Chevrolet recommendation is not to exceed 65mph when pulling an Equinox.
Now here is a funny sign we saw over and over again in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. No seriously you have to tell people they can’t go SLOWER than 40mph on a freeway………well yes they do need to tell people not to go less than 40mph as we came upon several cars really quickly that were going about 40-45mph!!!
I LOVE my Retirement Quilt my Wifey made in 2015 from some of the silk ties I had worn everyday to work for the last 46 years!!! The quilt is one of my favorite scenes of America from our motorhome windshield. Here are some shots from this trip Sandi took for me as I was driving; these shots are from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Nevada.
Here is some thing cool! Nevada and a few other states have built over and under passes for the wild animal migrations.
There are three wild animal migration overpasses on I-80 and two on highway US-93 (we normally take when heading east) from Wells to Jackpot Nevada.
One of my favorite rest areas is on I-80 (old US-40) the “Lincoln Highway” in Eastern Wyoming. We didn’t stop this year as we needed to keep moving due to the snow coming soon, but Sandi got a pic for me as we sped passed it.
Back in Pawhuska, Sandi got me a slice of Pecan Pie from Rea’s Bakery at the Mercantile!!! Oh, it was SO GOOD!!!
Gas Prices are a LOT lower outside California, but the grades of gas do add to some confusion to the pricing. Which one do I use??? Why isn’t there a national standard, it in the first place would make California gas cheaper!!! Well GM (our car) and Ford (our motorhome) manufacturers both state NOT to use E-85 unless your vehicle is a “FlexFuel” vehicle. I didn’t use the “eblend” in Iowa/Nebraska as I wasn’t sure and would only have save 5 cents a gallon. Our lowest priced gas was in Oklahoma City at $180; with an average price outside California of only $2.27. We filled the car up the last time in Wendover Nevada at $2.45 (full tank when we got home as it is pulled), and the last tank in the motorhome was in Sparks Nevada at $2.55.
Have those favorite fast foods??? Well when EVER we go across Nevada we stop at the Elko Nevada Taco Time!!!! Taco Time use to be in Santa Clara when we were first married, but the franchise shut down their operations. We do stop at some Taco Time’s in Oregon and Washington states, but none compares to the Elko Nevada store.
The last thing I want to share is that America is Hiring!!! In every city, every town, everywhere we saw “Now Hiring” signs in windows, electronic sign boards and billboards.