Traffic was heavy on i15, but steady, up the side of the Great Salt Lake on our left and didn’t open up until Ogden. From there it was a smooth run back into Idaho and our first stop, for elevenses, in a small town called Malad City.
Many of the western pioneers had been Welsh and when we saw the Welsh dragon on the sign on the freeway, we knew we’d have to make a stop, especially to visit the town's pioneer museum. It turned out that the museum opened only for a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we peered through the dusty windows at the eclectic display of Matchbox cars, snow globes and three forlorn looking toy sheep - all of them no doubt essential for the hardy pioneer.
Back on i15 we headed further north for a lunch stop at Pocatello and a visit to its replica pioneer fort. A tour guide gave us an enthusiastic lesson in the city’s history, right back to Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth, an unfortunate fur trader and, bizarrely, the inventor of above-ground ice houses.
Time was pressing, so we skipped half of another enthusiastic lesson in native American history and left the tour guide doing a sun dance to a bemused busload of elderly tourists from Massachusetts. Twenty or so miles up the interstate, we headed east again towards Boise and tonight's stop in Arco, Idaho. It’s home to a nuclear waste recycling plant, Pickle’s Place, a cafe famous (according to the sign) for the Atomic Burger and very little else.
Arco was the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated by nuclear power and I think I'm going to like this town a lot!
|Traffic cones demolished||1|
|Campground||Mountain View RV Park, Arco, Idaho|
|Tune of the day||French Navy by Camera Obsura|
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We planned for an early start. The alarm clock buzzed at 6:30am, but needless to say I didn’t get up until 7:00am. A quick coffee, slice of bread and jam and a splash in the kitchen sink (the RV’s bathroom tap has given up for good) and we were on the road for our 322 mile dash to Idaho.
One of the nicest aspects of a road trip in a motorhome is that when you feel like changing your itinerary, you can. And that’s exactly what we did today.
A Looking For Yogi video from Forks, Washington.
For the first time on this trip, we woke up to rain bouncing off the roof of the RV as yesterday’s sunshine had given way to thick Washington cloud.