We had a limited time frame to get to Illinois and knew it was going to be tough driving so much and not staying very long at campgrounds. And we were right. It was tough, tiring, and a little maddening, especially when the one thing we needed could not be found because our stuff was still everywhere!

So far, we have driven 40 hours, covering 2,088 miles in 5 days. We stayed two nights in the same campground only one time. The rest of the time, it was pull in late, go to bed, get up the next morning, and get going again.

This is a summary of our trek out to Illinois.

Due to road construction right when we got to Montana we didn’t get a picture of the welcome sign. FYI, that’s one of my favorite pictures to take while on a road trip. We had a few scary 6% grades downhill, but once we were past that it was smooth sailing. I actually enjoyed driving in this state and North Dakota. No traffic!

KOA in Billings, MT

North Dakota was what I remembered from our trip a few years ago—oil fracking, sunflowers, and cows. It’s interesting how much the scenery changes within a few hundred miles. Less hills and more grass.

KOA in Bismark, ND
KOA in Bismark, ND

Brad and I have both experienced our first injures. That didn’t take long! I have a bump and bruise on my forehead from walking into an open cabinet. Brad wanted to outdo my injury so not even an hour later the door to the storage compartment slipped in his hands and he now has a nice-looking cut, bump, and bruising on his head. No stitches needed, thank goodness! No worries. I did a neuro check every couple hours.

We were happy to have a day of no driving once we got to Minnesota. It was nice to sleep in, run errands, and organize the RV. I had my first canoeing experience and after about 25 minutes Brad and I were both tired. Canoeing is a lot harder than it looks!

The two best parts of no driving for a whole day were finally getting things organized inside the RV and I got in all my steps! The bedroom and bathroom are done and the kitchen is very close to being done.

Crow Wing Lake Campground in Brainerd, MN.
Crow Wing Lake Campground in Brainerd, MN.
Our first campfire dinner of pancakes.
Our first campfire dinner of pancakes.
View of Crow Wing Lake



We are looking forward to a week of no driving and hanging out with family and friends. Michigan is our stop next week.

Till then!

10 thoughts on “Illinois

  1. What a great adventure! If you find yourselves near Charlotte there is a great RV park within 2 miles or you could stay with is and use Lake Norman

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  2. Hi Jen and Brad, what an adventure you two our on. I look forward to reading all your posts and following your journey. God Bless and watch over you and deliver you safely to your destinations. Love Dana Russ

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