Jul 10, 2007
Aug 09, 2007
To Des Moines, Iowa. Rains all night. Still raining hard when it's time to leave. The past few weeks I've been having problems with the stabilizer jacks on the back of the trailer. Whenever I crank them up to put them away the nut on the end of the jacks falls off. Some days they don't, usually only 1 of the 2 falls off. Today they both do. Crawl under the trailer in the rain to fix them. On the road and traffic starts off light. Driving through Chicago and the torrential rains start. Can barely see where we are going. In doing a lane change to get to the correct exit ramp I almost cream a motorcyclist. I had seen 3 motorcyclists pass me and they had a truck following them with 2 other motorcycles in a trailer. I'm not sure where this other guy came from but he must have been driving in my blind spot. Only see him when he's in front. Now we're on I80 heading west. Rain is intermittent then clears up. We had planned on stopping in Iowa City, Iowa. We get to the campground there at about 1 PM and the KOA Office is locked up. Sign says cleaning bathroom. Check bathrooms and nobody there. Wait around a little bit, talk things over and decide to move on...next stop, Adel, Iowa...just west of Des Moines. Trailer next to us is promoting the next US President, Ron Paul. This brings us back to New York where somebody was holding up Ron Paul signs along the highway. As we drove by it looked like a motorist had stopped to have a few words with the gentleman holding up the sign and by the look of things he definitely wasn't pro Ron Paul. We didn't stick around to see what happened. Temperature is still hot & humid.