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Oelwein IA

Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Tige Over
Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Tige Over

8/10 - 8/17/2007

Our location - Oelwein, IA

Lakeshore RV Resort

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Oelwein IA Iowa, a state we had not yet visited, was next on our list.  Being right next door to Wisconsin made it very convenient.  For this Mississippi River crossing we stayed as far away from Minneapolis as we could and crossed at Dubuque, IA.

This is the approach to the Mississippi River.
Oelwein IA The Mississippi River. Oelwein IA
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Oelwein IA Welcome to Iowa.
Oelwein IA Our destination, Oelwein, IA.  You say you have never heard of it?? As a friend asked me..."Why Oelwein?"  Leaving from West Bend, WI, we checked the map for our 200-250 mile destination options.  We do not like to travel more than 250 miles.  Then we look for campgrounds in the area.

This is the country road in front of the campground.  Not a car as far as the eye can see!
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Oelwein IA In Oelwein, we found Lakeshore RV Resort  We always have to make sure that the park will accommodate Red Rover, Tige and Sparky, and this one did.  The bonus is that this park is part of the Coast to Coast membership RV Park system.  As we are Coast to Coast members, our nightly camping fee is greatly reduced.  There is not a whole lot to see in this area.  But, having some down time was welcome, after two weeks of air travel and a work assignment in Maryland for Dale, and driving 60 miles round trip daily to visit friends and family in Milwaukee.
Oelwein IA The office.  Under cover are tables and chairs where folks staying here gather for coffee in the morning and happy hour at 4PM.
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Oelwein IA A tractor train used to take the kiddies on a ride.
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Oelwein IA The lake water is clear.
Oelwein IA Lake Oelwein is on two sides of the park. Oelwein IA
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Oelwein IA The sites are large. Unlike at our West Bend, Wisconsin site...Red Rover can stay with us...all plugged in!  Even when the engine is turned off, this truck continues to draw power from the battery for a variety of systems...nothing like a car.  And it keeps the refrigerator cold.
Oelwein IA At West Bend, Red Rover was parked in the main parking lot for the campground, with no provision for power.  As a result, Mark had to disconnect the battery in order to avoid drawing down its power and ending up with a dead battery.
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Oelwein IA Since we have stayed at two horse farms this year, we found it interesting to have a horse operation across the road from the campground. Oelwein IA
Oelwein IA These are quarter horses.
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Oelwein IA We traveled to Waverly IA to meets friends of Dale from the Decorating Den family of decorators. Oelwein IA
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Oelwein IA She had just opened a design studio.  This is a big step for a Decorating Den owner as the business starts as a office in the home and a custom colored van that takes the various samples to the customers home. Oelwein IA
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Oelwein IA A little highway humor.
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