After consulting the weather this morning, I decided pretty quickly to make a LEFT! My plan was to make the easy drive to Wall, SD today. But the weather said otherwise.
We had a rip-snorter of a storm in Valentine last night. Heavy winds, either large raindrops or small hail, along with thunder and lightning. The persistent thunder sounded like a freight train (which sounds like a tornado). I had to make a decision. North, south, and east didn’t look so good, so I headed west.It wasn’t so much the hysteria at the Weather Channel or even the severity of the forecast along my route (softball-sized hail …. really?), it was the duration. Violent weather expected over the Plains through Monday. 3 days of worry is 3 days too many!
And, as John wisely pointed out, that’s the advantage of being on wheels – you can go where the weather suits your clothes. Here's where I ended up.
Apparently the forecast was spot-on and some 280 miles later, I seem to be out of the path and settled for the night.The big bonus was continuing along scenic US 20 for another 3 hours. The landscape changed from serene rolling sand hills to this ....
Here for the night at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. The campground itself is not long on aesthetics but the surrounding scenery is beautiful. And the skies are clear!