Leaving Anita's place outside of Murdo, we decided to forgo the interstate and head to Nebraska. We had until Friday afternoon to get to Colorado Springs, so had some time to wander and explore.
Early morning at a South Dakota farm in a barely inhabited region.
We passed through lands belonging to the Rosebud Sioux tribe. There were lots of horses. I finally thought to snap a picture of a few. They seemed quite interested to see someone actually driving on the road.
Quintessential plains scene. The rail system is quite alive across the country.
As we continued out of Chadron, NE and toward the Wyoming border, the clouds began to gather.
Then we hit a torrential rain storm. Or it hit us. The sign says "Leaving brand inspection area". Cattle thieves are still a problem in Nebraska?
Near Nebraska/Wyoming border: old schoolhouse still in use.
We decided to get off the back roads and hit I-25 heading south. We have found there to be cellphone service on most of the Interstate system.
Now there's a strange-looking cloud . . . Uh, clouds aren't supposed to touch the ground, are they?
Discovering where we were, and the fact that we were heading toward those counties mentioned, and hearing the fact that a tornado was reported on the ground in Chugwater, WY, and that we were heading toward Chugwater (great name or what?) we decided that it was the better part of valour to sit and wait for a while.
In rest area, looking south. As you can tell from the reflections, we were not alone.
We decided to chance it and head on toward Cheyenne, thinking that we had waited long enough.
Oh. It's hail. BIG hail. You can't really tell from the pictures, but it varied from marble to ping-pong ball.
No, we hadn't waited in the rest area quite long enough . . .
People really do stop and hide under overpasses. We were once again sitting on the offramp.
Yes, I have watched Twister seventeen times and counting, and I love the storm chaser programs on Discovery and on the Weather Channel. But I prefer watching others storm-chase on tv to doing it myself.
The sound of hail hitting the RV as we sit and listen to the weather alerts.
We finally made it to Cheyenne, where we were treated to a light show. I highly recommend A.B Camping RV Park there. Not only does it have two fenced dog areas, it has the most excellent on-site barbeque restaurant.