Monday, July 20, 2015


July 20, 2015
Welcome, Minnesota

We are staying at Welcome Campground for the night. It is a nice small, (less than 40 sites), quiet campground. 18 of the sites are for seasonal workers.

We rode our bikes over to the Winnebago Factory Tour this morning at 9AM. There were a lot of people from The WIT Rally. All of them white old people like us. I think they should rename themselves WOT, for White Old Travelers. I kid you not they were all over 50 and white.
There was a museum and a gift shop with Winnebago swag. Our tour guide said Winnebago  employs 2500 people mostly from Forest City and they had 200 job openings. He said they start out at $13 and make up to $16 dollars an hour. Forest City has a population of a little over 4100 so Winnebago employs more than half the town at their factory.

After the tour we went to Lichtsinn RV to test drive a Winnebago View or Atasca IQ. They are virtually the same rig and one of them will be our next RV. We test drove a Navion IQ. It is built on the same Mercedes chassis as Monica. If we bought one from Lichtsinn then we would have to name the rig Forest or City to keep with our naming convention. We bought Monica in Santa Monica, hence the name.

We are on our way to "The Dead Presidents", Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota and we should be there in a couple of days.

clay model $12,000 to make
this is the model we want
Winnebago Swag
where we are camping tonight
Welcome sign photos by Judy

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