There are many things to love about RVing, and we especially love random roadside discoveries. As we travel, we use apps like Roadtrippers and Roadside America to help us find offbeat roadside attractions. But sometimes we stumble upon something fun by complete accident.
Smiles And Setbacks In Minnesota And North Dakota
Up to this point on our trip the “sailing has been smooth.” Our campsites have been amazing and we haven’t had so much as a flat tire. I suppose we were bound to have a mishap of some sort sooner or later.
The sky was gray and cloudy the afternoon we left Lake Itasca. In the distance, we could see thunderstorms as we crossed the northwestern plains of Minnesota. Our plan was to stop at a campground in East Grand Forks on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota to watch some Fourth of July fireworks.
The problem was we had waited until the last minute to plan and didn’t book a campsite for the weekend. Normally this isn’t a big deal but seeing it was a holiday weekend, the only spots available were “first come first serve.” We were hoping there would be a spot left when we arrived.
We were focused on getting to our destination, when someone pulled up next to us waving and yelling, “Your bikes! Your bikes!”
I looked in the rearview mirror and was horrified to see our bikes dragging along and bouncing wildly behind us. As quick as possible, we found a place to pull over to assess the damage.
Exhausted after a long day of driving, we were excited to be parking our RV when I heard a strange clunk from outside where I was watching as Brent pulled into the site. Some creaking and clunking sounds are normal, so I didn’t think too much about it. I mentioned it to Brent but he hadn’t heard it over the rumble of the truck.
I was happily setting up inside the RV when Brent came in and said, “You know that clunk you heard? The hitch broke.”
Of course. Troubles come in threes right? Forgetting to book a campsite and a broken bike rack, then it only makes sense that the hitch would break too. Better to get our troubles out of the way now before hitting the Alcan in a few weeks.
Luckily, it was only a minor fix and there was welder who could take care of it nearby so all was good. It’s all part of the adventure!
Do you like to #GoRVing with friends? What have been your favorite random roadside stops?