We had promised the ground keeper that we would be out of the fairgrounds before 8am on Friday, and we were true to our word as we passed through the entry gate at 7:40am.....we decided to drive over to the local Lowe's about 2 miles away and park there for a couple of hours while we had breakfast, and I wrote yesterday's blog entry. The great thing about Lowe's that we discovered quite by accident in San Antonio is that they all have FREE "Guest WiFi", and it is very fast! As we have traveled across the US we have frequently used their WiFi, and today was no exception....the signal was good, and fast! While I wrote the blog, Elaine made me some hot oatmeal for breakfast. I have liked oatmeal since I was a little kid.
Our second issue of the morning was to find an RV dump site to dump our black tank before we arrived at our friend's home in Coeur d'Alene, ID.......in case you have not guessed, the title of today's blog is the definition of the French phrase Coeur d'Alene. This name was given to the local indigenous Indians by the French traders "referring to the perceived shrewdness of the trading skills exhibited by the tribe" (definition taken from a Wikipedia article on Coeur d'Alene). Elaine has a Flying "J" directory she refers to often to find dump sites, and found one just 5 miles west on I-90 at exit 96. Normally Flying "J's" charge to use their dump station, but this Flying "J" does not! So we were able to dump for free for a change!
We were back on the road by 10:30am headed west to our destination. The drive was very pleasant, but we had a couple of big passes to go over....Lookout Pass and Fourth of July Pass, but the DD (Detroit Diesel) was up to the challenge and we chugged over both passes in style, although down in the 30mph range. Both passes were at the maximum of 6% allowed on the Interstate system, which meant I had to gear down to 2nd gear a couple of times to maintain our forward momentum.