Road Trip To South Dakota

Bill and I have been on a five-day road trip to South Dakota. We left Cottonwood, Arizona on Saturday, April 27, 2019 after spending five days visiting with my brother, Danny. Our first stop was Gallup, New Mexico where we spent the night in the USA RV Park. Our next stop was Sante Fe, New Mexico, another one night. stop. Then, we headed to Fountain, Colorado, for another one night stay. Our trip up to that point had been pretty much uneventful. However, when we left Fountain, Colorado, on our way to Glendo, Wyoming, we ran into very heavy fog until we were just 20 miles outside Denver. In addition to the heavy fog, that part of our trip was also in the middle of a big construction zone. Pretty scary traveling through heavy fog in that particular area.

As we were driving through Glendo, Wyoming, we were seeing snow on the side of the roads, but the roads were still clear, so we kept moving forward. When we arrived at our destination in Glendo, Wyoming, there was a little bit of melting snow on the ground, but the skies were clear, and it didn’t look like any more snow was on the horizon…

However, when we got up in the morning of what was to be our departure, there was snow on the ground again Now, I know, for those of you that are seasoned Motorhome travelers, this probably would not be a big deal to you at all… Good for you, but we have never driven our motorhome, which is our full-time home, and not just a recreational vehicle, in snow. We checked the forecast and it said the roads were slushy, with patches of ice, and on and off snow showers… So we decided to extend our stay another day.

Good call for us, because the next day brought bright blue skies, and clear roads, all the way into South Dakota.

We will be hosting in Visitor Center’s in Custer State Park for the summer months.  But another reason we wanted to come to South Dakota is to register our moterhome, and become residents of South Dakota, which has already saved us $1,000 dollars in registration fees for our motorhome alone. Huge difference in what you pay from state to register you motorhome and car.

Now, in order to become residents of South Dakota, we had to spend at least one night in a motel, or campground, and show a receipt for our stay. Bill and I are staying five days in Americas Mailbox campground. Americas Mailbox is a mail forwarding service that gives full-time RV folks an address to receive their mail. Then you schedule dates and addresses and they forward your mail to you wherever you may roam…

The campground at Americas Mailbox is nothing fancy, it’s basically just a big parking lot with full-hookups. However, the day before we arrived, we received an email from the campground, letting us know a water line broke in the campground, and we would not have any water hook-ups during our stay. They said they will not be able to get the water line fixed until the middle of May. But we are fully self-contained so it was not going to be a deal breaker for us.

As I took my walk around the area, one thing I noticed so far about South Dakota, is the weather can change from bright and sunny skies, to ominous clouds in a very short period of time.

All in all we had a great trip from Arizona to South Dakota. We are looking forward to moving into our campsite in Custer State Park on May 7th, and starting our orientation and training on May 9th.

Stay Tuned for future posing of our South Dakota experience.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Becky VanCura
    May 04, 2019 @ 14:53:46

    Good morning,
    Glad to see you made it to S.D.
    I guess you heard the Wards and Dubois were in the same storm as you!
    We’re about 50 miles from our Oregon destination as we stopped in Keizer, Oregon to see a from I’ve known since 1st grade. Weather has been good, but cold in the mornings. Yesterday 34 in Medford.
    We have been having battery problems, so our son-in-law put in 4 new ones for us, but still something was wrong, as in Red Bluff, CA we had to have a jump, but we were on our way to Medford anyway to have this problem checked.
    It took them 5 minutes to fix it, so all is good.
    Keep in touch and enjoying your blog.
    Did you hear the Neal’s coach problems and had to be towed back to Phoenix?
    Forever Friends
    Becky and Bud

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    • beyondcinderella
      May 05, 2019 @ 11:39:42

      Hi Becky, glad to hear your having safe travels. Yes, I did hear that Mary and Dave, and Debbie and Dean enchanted the same weather we did. Debbie and Dean are here in SD with us now, and we visited with them yesterday afternoon. We also heard about the repair work Bonnie and Craig encountered. So many things can come up when you’re traveling across the country, but we all love this RV retirement life we’re living so that’s all that matters. As long as we keep having fun we’ll all just keep doing what we’re doing, right?


  2. Bill
    May 05, 2019 @ 00:47:03

    Well that was probably the more stressful trip we have taken so far, to bad you didn’t get pictures of the fog, oh that’s right you were hanging onto the sissy bar so tight, that would have been impossible. Love you girly


    • beyondcinderella
      May 05, 2019 @ 11:41:55

      You bet I was hanging onto the sissy bar tight. That was a scary, and stressful, stretch of highway we traveled through, but you did a good job getting us through it. Love you too Bill. XoXo


  3. Robin
    May 14, 2019 @ 12:28:27

    Oh my gosh…It would take a lot to pry my hands from that sissy bar!!! So glad you all had a safe journey despite the obstacles in the weather! Missing you! xo


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