Friday, July 12, 2013

Trying, and failing, to leave Gillette...

Well, we had intended to leave Gillette, but we sure had a hard time completing the task!  Remember the fiasco with getting our supplemental braking system installed in Rapid City?  Now we needed to get the portion of it installed that needed to be hard-wired into the motorhome.  So, on Monday, July 8th, in the late afternoon after just arriving back from Colorado, we moved over to the local Walmart to wait for business to slow down at nearby Interstate Power where we had an appointment for the next morning to get the wiring done.  At about 7:00 p.m. we moved the rig over to Interstate Power and dry-camped in their parking lot for the night.

We spent all day on Tuesday, July 9th, at Interstate Power. 

We finally left there at 7:45 p.m. and headed for Buffalo WY, arriving at a little after 9:00 p.m.  Guess what?  Error messages on the braking system unit in the motorhome...  So, the next morning we called Interstate Power to make another appointment....for Friday, the 12th.  Oh, well.  We were ready for some quiet time anyway.

The next day, Wednesday, July 10th, we took a car trip on the Cloud Peak Skyway (Hwy. 16) as far as the little town of Ten Sleep.  What a gorgeous area!  It went through the southern portion of the Bighorn National Forest and over 9,666 foot Powder River Pass.  There were wildflowers everywhere, incredible scenery and some of the oldest rock we've seen.  Apparently the Granite Gneiss in this area is 3 billion years old.  Wow.

Beautiful expansive views!

Silvery Lupine

Yellow Columbine in the little town of Ten Sleep

Another gorgeous area!

Plains Sunflower

Showy Milkweed

Good pull-out to scan for sheep...

More really old rocks

The lupine were everywhere!

More lupine...

Even the thistles are impressive here!

On Friday, July 12th, we drove the nearly 80 miles back to Interstate Power in Gillette and spent the entire afternoon waiting for them to figure it out.  No dice.  Even after several consultations with the engineers at Brake Buddy, no one knew what the problem was.  So, Brake Buddy agreed to send a new unit to us and we headed on down the road.  Guess we'll deal with it later... 

So, at 5:30 p.m. we left Gillette.  Again.

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