Rest stops in Iowa are pretty nice, overall. This one is a little toasty at 90 degrees, but that can’t be helped. I’m not busting a gut to get through Iowa because rest stops are frequent on I-80, and they let you stay up to a day. Illinois is more like 4 hours and Nebraska is 10. So I’ll be picking up the pace in Nebraska. There’s little point in getting to Wyoming ASAP, since I’d get there before any campsites opened up on Tuesday.
Labor Day traffic is up, but that means little to me since my 60 MPH cruising speed means that no one is in my way – I’m one of the obstacles to be gotten around! I was concerned for awhile because the Defiant is listing slightly to starboard, which can mean that a trailer tire is going flat and will overheat and blow. A stop and air pressure check showed that everything is fine, however. All tires are warm to the same degree, and the hub bearings are cool as a cucumber. I’ve upgraded the tires to load range D, so that, as long as pressures are kept near the higher max, there’s an extra cushion of load capacity so that they aren’t constantly running near their rated limits. Punctures aside, it’s peace of mind.
Tomorrow’s jaunt will be about three and a half hours, aside from fuel stops and other time eaters. There’s little point in rushing at this stage, and it’s a whole different mindset than racking up the miles. It means a full night’s rest, a nice breakfast, and departing relaxed. I’m into that.
Apart from not being able to see chillins and grandchillins, it’s just as well to escape the campground around now. Driving out yesterday on an errand, a loose pit bull and some kind of very tall hound were up the hill at the entrance. They shied away from the truck, and of being watched. Tons of campers walk their dogs down below, and I could just imagine the interesting times that could lay ahead, not to mention kicking their chase instinct into gear with the e-bike. I doubled back down to the office, where one of the desk employees said they had already been spotted wandering through camp the day before. It hadn’t occurred to her that, since they appeared to show all the signs of being on the run, that Animal Control might be an option here. Someone is missing their dogs, hopefully.