Hello Pennsylvania!

The beginning of the End of our Adventure.

June 25, 2019- Pilot Travel Center, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania

Team Ronyx is up early this morning and ready to roll. We have to drive off Wheeling Island, WV due to the bridge we have to take to accommodate our truck is on the Interstate. We drive 8.5 miles and then Ron starts to bike with Onyx at 8:20 am. He ends up pedaling out 40 E and it twists and turns close to the Interstate. In about an hour, Ron has gone 15.6 miles and passes over the state line. Meghan snaps a picture where the GPS tells them they have entered PA as there is no state sign on the highway they are on. They are both disappointed at the lack of signage. Ron switches Onyx out for Fonyx as the shoulders on 40 are getting smaller and the roads are winding this way and that. Meghan tries to stay as close to him as possible. We know that the roads in Pennsylvania are going to be the most challenging because as we venture further East, it is more populated which means more people are on the road. The other factor that makes Pennsylvania a challenge is the fact that we know what roads we don’t want to be on, making it harder to find the roads that are best for him to bike on. And, there isn’t a direct bike route from West to East like there are in most states. But we have plans and we will have some down time now that we have our arrival date set for arriving at Canine Partners for Life for Ron to make up the miles that we have to drive here and there. Meghan checks their emails, we got our weekly update from Canine Partners for Life, we have raised $9379.42! We are so close to finishing Onyx’s Great Adventure and we need all the donations we can get to get to our goal of $30,000. We end our day at the Pilot Truck Stop after Ron pedaled a total of 30 miles. In total for the day we have traveled 50 miles, some of that (about 8 miles) is off our route. Juanita and Harold have driven ahead of us and decided they would go ahead and travel to the Ohiopyle State Park to camp as the truck stop was pretty crowded for them and their camper. Team Ronyx tries to save money as often as possible and decide they will meet up with the Carey’s tomorrow in Ohiopyle State Park. Once they got settled at the truck stop, Ron stuck Onyx in the bike trailer and rode around the town of Bentleyville to make up for some of the miles they had to drive. After he returned he took a short break and then took Phoenix out for a ride as well. After Ron finished riding he went and got pizza. While Ron was busy riding and picking up dinner. Meghan worked on measuring out their routes for the next couple of weeks so that they knew about where they plan to stay each night up until arriving at CPL’s doorstep in Cochranville, PA. She also spoke with Juanita about Ohiopyle State Park. Juanita told Meghan that they only had one pet friendly site available for that day and that if Meghan and Ron wanted to camp with them tomorrow we would all have to take primitive sites. Meghan thought that was ridiculous. She had never heard of a campground that restricted pets on the actual campsites. She called the campground, thinking that there must have been a mistake because she could see 30 sites available online. They confirmed that they have pet and non-pet friendly sites. Meghan was angry at first and decided to look around for other places for everybody to camp in the area so that Juanita and Harold wouldn’t have to travel too far. She ends up striking out with affordable sites in the area. That evening, the dogs had a blast playing in the large grassy area behind the row where Team Ronyx parked. They played off and on for several hours and well into the evening.

June 26, 2019- Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

When Team Ronyx wakes up this morning they discuss what they want to do. Meghan can either continue to find another site or they can pay $30 for a primitive site in a park that has strict rules on where dogs are allowed. We understand most rules about dogs but think that it’s a little excessive that you aren’t even allowed to walk your dog in “non-pet” areas. Ron suggests we just go and meet the Carey’s there so they don’t have to drive anywhere else and Meghan doesn’t have to spend any more time trying to find another place to camp. Today was a day of loading and unloading of gear. We drove the 8 miles from the truck stop to 40E where Ron would pedal. He was able to ride his bicycle towing Fonyx as he wasn’t comfortable with the roads. When he reached the 4 mile mark, he met a man who waved him over to chat for awhile. Meghan drove up to where Ron was stopped and waited for him, the road ahead is looking pretty rough. There are construction cones everywhere and lots of commotion. We decide to load up the gear and drive 6 miles and we unload the gear again and Ron starts biking down 40 E with Fonyx. Meghan stopped in at the Ruffin’ Around Resort and Day Spa to wait for Ron. She goes inside to check the place out and talks with the owner. They have a really nice clean facility there in Uniontown to take your dog for the day to play or stay. Ron ends up biking a total of 13.5 miles today and we drove 21.5. Once Team Ronyx gets to the campground they meet up with the Carey’s and find their spots. Ron helps them get their camper in the spot as it is pretty tricky. Ron takes Phoenix for a ride around the campground to try and make up for some of the miles we had to drive today. It is actually really nice in the primitive area, we are tucked back into the woods quite a bit and there aren’t many campers. We have steaks over the fire tonight. Can you tell it’s one of our favorite meals? That evening we all went to bed pretty early after sitting around the fire and chatting about our previous days events.

June 27, 2019- Laurel Hill State Park- Somerset, Pennsylvania

The next morning we pack up early and hit the road once again. We are heading to Somerset because we have secured an arrival to the SCI-Somerset for 10 on Friday. We will get to meet the staff, volunteers and the future service dogs that are being raised at the facility. We are on the road and drive the winding hilly road out of the State Park area. We are now being directed to our next destination by a series of back roads that lead out to 653N. At 17 miles, Ron begins towing Onyx out in the country. He is loving the lesser traveled road but once we meet the intersection of 653, his mood quickly changes. This road isn’t a challenge physically for him but it is a twisting, winding, hilly road that has a guard rail right up against the shoulder. He is nervous about someone flying around a corner and hitting him with nowhere for him to go. We end up packing up the gear again after he pedals about 10 miles and driving to Laurel Hill State Park. We got there pretty early and couldn’t check in, so we went back down to the main road and decided to get lunch at the Trent House Inn. The owner (which we missed her name) was so friendly and asked a lot of questions about what we were doing. She was so lovely. She even ended up making our food and sat and chatted with us. She went above and beyond for Team Ronyx and we highly suggest people stopping to her place to eat or stay if you are in the Somerset, PA area. While Meghan and Ron were getting ready to eat, Juanita and Harold pulled in. They are having some issues with their trailer brakes not engaging fully so the mountain roads have been pretty challenging for them as well. After Meghan and Ron finish eating, they meet up with Juanita and Harold at the park. We have lots of options for sites for the night. We have very limited cell service here at the park so it is going to be a challenge for Meghan to work on the blog or stay in contact with the news media that she has been reaching out to. After we pick our spots, Meghan and Juanita walk down to the Ranger Station and check-in. After their sites are paid, Meghan and Ron, walk down to the lake area to see if there is a place to swim the dogs. They take the Copper Kettle Trail down towards the beach area and see signs everywhere about no pets on the beach, so they continue to walk past the beach and find another access to the beach with a small floating dock and a rough beach area. It is a fishing spot on the lake but there aren’t any signs that say “no dogs” so we let the dogs play. Meghan is happy because she has cell service at the beach and can post some updates and answer emails. She is also working on securing their next camp spot near Bedford, PA. She calls Juanita to tell her where the beach is and invites her to join them. Harold likes to stay with the dogs and relax at the trailer so he stays behind since their dogs can’t walk that far any more. Juanita joins Meghan and Ron for awhile and then the thunder starts. Meghan needs her credit card to secure their site and Juanita decides to join her in walking back to their camp sites. Ron decides to stay behind and play with the dogs as long as he can since they have not had a lot of water play time lately. Meghan took care of their camp reservations and then walked back to meet Ron, who had already walked more than halfway back with the dogs. That night, we had chili dogs for dinner since it was too hot to make a fire. Right after we were done eating and cleaning up, the rain started and then we had an impressive thunderstorm. Harold, Juanita and Meghan sat under the Carey’s awning and watched the storm for awhile and then everybody headed off to bed. Ron and Meghan have to head out to meet the staff and volunteers at SCI-Somerset.

June 28, 2019- Shawnee Lost Hollow Campground, Schellsburg, PA

Meghan is up early today and getting ready to head over to Somerset. Ron isn’t thrilled with how the roads have been so he isn’t sure if he is going to ride today. After they are done at Somerset, Meghan wants to go and see the Flight 93 memorial site. Ron drives to SCI-Somerset, when we arrive, there is a crowd of staff, volunteers and future service dogs that are being trained at SCI. There are signs welcoming Onyx and Phoenix and snacks for all. We have such a great time meeting each Volunteer and sharing stories about our journey. Team Ronyx is given donations, snacks and treats for the dogs too. We are so thankful and honored to be helping out an organization who already has so many fabulous volunteers, liaisons and staff. Today, Meghan has received several calls for news stories. She has made arrangements to be on KDKA News Radio from Pittsburg at 5:30 that evening. She is also to submit photos and video of Ron riding around the area which is proving to be a bit of a challenge. We end up traveling 41.5 miles today but 4 miles were off of our route. Ron wasn’t comfortable riding these roads today so he will be making up the miles around the area over the next few days. We ended our evening at the Shawnee Lost Hollow Campground. We only booked the site for one night but after arriving and realizing how tired we all are after traveling every day, we decided to stay a second night. Once we got settled into our sites, Ron took the dogs for a walk and found a turtle and brings it back to camp to show the Carey’s. Meghan does her radio interview, submits photos of Ron riding in the area and we enjoy some dinner of hamburgers.

June, 29, 2019- Shawnee Hallow Campground, Schellsburg, PA

Meghan is up early today, she walks Team Ronyx’s laundry up to the laundry room and gets it started. Then she sets up her laptops, printer and hot spot. She has a lot to do today to plan their arrival into the area. She has already figured out what towns they want to be arriving in each day for the next several days but she has to find places for them to park or camp. She also needs to print more brochures about OGA (Onyx’s Great Adventure). She starts to print and realizes she is out of ink after she got 5 brochures printed. Ron takes the bike out for a ride to see where he can make up miles. The day is spent making plans and discussing options on where we will camp to get to our final destination. That evening Meghan makes PA Dutch style chicken and waffles for everybody. We used Juanita’s instant pot to cook the chicken quickly and Meghan got to making homemade waffles while the chicken was cooking. After the chicken was done cooking, her and Juanita made the gravy for the chicken. Meghan shredded the chicken, added it to the gravy and we had a wonderful dinner. Juanita and Harold had never had it before. Juanita thought it was good, Harold thought it was ok and of course Ron wouldn’t touch it because he doesn’t think chicken and waffles should go together. He ate his waffles with syrup and then had the chicken gravy by itself. Tomorrow we will be moving eastward again.

Good bye Iowa!

Morgan Creek Campground

Our final days in our fifth state

May 28, 2019- Morgan Creek Campground, Palo, IA

This morning we woke up to threats of storms and rain throughout the day. Ron suggests we drive towards our next camp spot to see how the shoulders and traffic are on 30 E after he rides some miles on the rail trail with Juanita. This gives Meghan some time to catch up on “office work”. As suspected, once they start driving; there is little to no shoulder and the road is pretty busy so we end up driving the 64 miles to the Morgan Creek Campground. Along their route they see the effects of all of the flooding that has been happening in the state. Corn fields look like ponds, including ducks swimming in the water. The rivers have crested the banks and are into the low lying areas surrounding them. Team Ronyx arrive first and find two secluded spots in the campground loop that was right next to the creek where Onyx and Phoenix headed to as soon as we parked. After the Carey’s arrived, we discussed our plans for the next camp spot and when we wanted to travel. We decided that we all wanted to stay another night in Morgan Creek to look at alternative routes to get off of 30 E and get to Illinois in a few days. Meghan finishes another blog post and works on finding a new route. She has bicycle maps out, google maps and an atlas. It definitely looks like a modern day “Lewis and Clark” expedition. Harold likes to joke and call Meghan and Ron, Lewis and Clark. Tonight’s dinner is Cream Chipped Beef over biscuits made by Meghan. Juanita and Harold have never had it so it is something new for them. It turned out great but it was very salty. Meghan believes it was the type of dried beef she purchased. She typically gets the dried beef in a pouch but out here in Iowa she could only find it in a jar in the canned meat isle. Everybody enjoyed the meal. That night the fireflies were out in masses. It was drizzling but it didn’t stop them from lighting up the night. Juanita has never seen them so she thought it was the coolest thing! That night as the sun set, the air was quite cool; which was very pleasant.

May 29, 2019- Morgan Creek Campground, Palo, IA

Ron and Juanita head out for a bike ride this morning. While they are gone, Meghan works on looking ahead to their next camping spots. We should be in Illinois by the first if not before. We will head south east tomorrow towards Iowa City and camp at Sugar Bottom Campground. Meghan is curious as to how the drive will be surrounding the campground as it is right next to the Iowa River. After Juanita and Ron return to the campground, Ron takes the dogs to swim in the water. Meghan and Juanita take Juanita’s dogs for a walk around the park area. They walk 1.5 miles and then turn back to the campground as the Carey’s dogs are older and can’t walk too far. After they bring the dogs back, Meghan and Juanita head out to the arboretum and butterfly gardens. As they walked around the park they came upon a pond with turtles out all over sunbathing but they couldn’t get too close as the turtles would quickly slide under the water to hide. Ron rode more miles in the neighborhood, he began tucking our business cards into mailboxes and business slots as he rode around. Once he was done riding, he and Meghan headed into Cedar Rapids to the post office to pick up their package of extra neon t-shirts for Ron to wear on the roadways. That evening, they planned to have grilled chicken that Harold marinated. Meghan rode the bike towing the empty trailer up to the camp host spot to purchase some wood. She filled up two ricks of wood and that filled the entire bike trailer. She then rode the bike back to the camp site. Harold built a fire and Ron grilled the chicken. We also enjoyed scalloped potatoes and salad with our meal. While they were eating dinner, alerts started popping up on their cell phones and the tornado sirens started to blare. They quickly packed up camp in anticipation of high winds and the possibility of having to seek shelter in the shower house. Everybody patiently watched and waited out the storm. We had heavy rain for a short time and the radar showed the potential for a tornado very close to us. After about 1.5 hours of threats, the warning for our area was lifted. That evening we waited for the fireflies to come out again. There weren’t as many as the first night and as soon as it got completely dark, they were all gone.

May 30, 2019- Sugar Bottom Campground, Solon, IA

Meghan and Ron set out in the am for highway 30 E. They think Ron can ride the 6 miles until he exits off hwy 30 E to get on Ely Street towards the town of Ely. They park the truck on the entrance ramp and Ron gets to riding; Meghan drives ahead and quickly realizes that Ron is going to have a hard time pedaling through the traffic and all of the exit and entrance ramps onto the highway. Ron checks in twice and makes his way through the heavy traffic. He exits the highway heads toward the town of Ely. They are making good time and the roads are much nicer than 30 E. Once they get to Ely they make a pit stop at the convenience store in town and talk to some people there. They head out once again and get to the traffic circle intersection of Ely Road and Hwy 382. Meghan pulls the truck over to wait for Ron to navigate through the traffic circle. He only has 2 more miles to ride until he has to make his next turn. After Ron rides out of site, Meghan goes to start the truck and it stalls out. She tries again, it stalls again. She groans, “not the fuel pump again!”. She tries to call Ron, but he doesn’t answer, she tries again, and again. He still isn’t answering. She remembers his phone was on silent. So she continues to call hoping that it will interupt his music and he will stop to see why. As Meghan is calling Ron over and over again, she attempts to flag down a motorist to ask them to tell the guy on the bicycle to come back to his driver, but no one stops. After about the 6th attempt a young man pulls over, and after about the 9th call, Ron answers his phone. The young man isn’t sure how to help Meghan and she thanks him and tells him that her bicyclist is returning and she will be ok. Ron has pedaled 21 miles so far. Once Ron returns, they try to troubleshoot a few things, with no success in getting the truck to start. Then they discuss how they are going to get the truck towed with this house on it. Meghan suggests asking the farmer across the street if we can offload the camper box there and then return to get it since we can’t offload it on the shoulder of the road. Meghan calls AAA and gets a service truck arranged. While she is on the phone, a gentleman pulls up in a car and Ron explains our predicament. He leaves and comes back with a truck. Shortly after that, The Carey’s pull up and we discuss potential plans. The Carey’s may go ahead to their camp spot and set up and then unhook the truck to come get Meghan and Ron if the garage is going to work on Meghan’s truck. The gentleman that had returned with his truck told Ron that he could borrow his brother-in-laws shop and tools just 4 miles down the road. Scott from the Danny Mac’s tow service showed up and told Ron to turn the key, while Ron turn the key in the truck Scott beat on the fuel tank (which Ron had done earlier too) and bam, the truck fired up! We didn’t want to take any chances though so we went to the garage following the tow truck in case the fuel pump died again. We all arrive at the garage, and Ron decides Meghan should go to the camp ground with the dogs and the Carey’s for the night and he will return once he gets the truck fixed or spend the night with the truck. The Carey’s offered to return at any time if Ron should need anything. Meghan, the Carey’s and all 4 dogs went ahead to the camp ground. It was almost 4 pm by the time they got the camp site set up and settled. Meghan took Onyx and Phoenix for a walk around the campground to check it out. She ended up talking to a really nice couple who had built their own custom camper out of an enclosed trailer. Around 5 pm, Ron calls Meghan to let her know that he is done working on the truck and needs directions to the campground. Meghan is surprised that the truck is fixed already and is grateful that Ron was able to do it. She gives him the directions and he is there within a few minutes as it was only 8 miles from the garage. They pay for their spot, enjoy dinner and get ready for bed.

May 30, 2019- Sugar Bottom Campground, Solon, IA

Ron wakes up with a headache today and he’s worried about the fuel pump in the truck. Even though he put a brand new fuel pump in it, he is concerned that the wiring may be faulty as the new pump almost didn’t start too. We decide we will spend the day at the campground and regroup. The day is spent planning the next day’s route to Illinois and exploring the area. Because of the flooding, some of the lower level camp ground loops are completely under water. The only way you can tell there are sites out there are the electrical boxes sticking out of the water. That evening, Team Ronyx discusses trying to get more free camp spots to help save their budget.

We are in Cow Country!

May 9, 2019- Merriman, Nebraska

We have a few errands to run this morning, first stop-The post office. We need to get our Mother’s Day cards out to all of our moms (will explain later). Then we hit the market for a few items for the next few days as we aren’t sure what and if there will be any grocery stores for a few more towns. We are heading to Merriman, Nebraska today. It is bitter cold out and raining. Since Ron rode yesterday to bank some miles, we are going to drive out of town that far this morning. We clock his mileage and it ends up being 13 miles. We drive that far and then Ron gets on his bicycle and starts towing Fonyx East on Highway 20. It is currently 40° and overcast. The northern part of Nebraska is mainly flat but has some hilly parts as well. We have pastures on both sides of the highway and lots of ranches. We enter the Sandhills area of Nebraska. There are huge rolling hills of sand with grass growing on them. Ron pedals 17.5 miles by 2 pm. The mind is rough and keeping him at about 5 mph. A woman name Tria buys him a sandwich, water, chips and cookie from Subway. Ron is excited to tell Meghan when they meet up again; and asks her to thank her on social media. He ends up pedaling 32 miles into Merriman and arrives at 3:45 pm. As he is pedaling into town, he rides right past Tria’s house and she invites Team Ronyx to park in her driveway for the night. Ron rides up to where Meghan is parked and waiting for him and tells her that they are going to camp at Tria’s tonight. Once we got to her house, Onyx and Phoenix got to meet Mika. She is a black lab too! We also met Tria’s mom and neighbor too. That evening, Ron played with all 3 dogs and Meghan and Tria chatted. We have met another great friend on this journey.

Two month Road Recap

Team Ronyx has been on the road for 2 months. We have spent 61 days away from our beach, friends and family. We have had several challenges and experienced a lot of things. We love camping out in the middle of nowhere but we also enjoy our showers and hot running water. We have learned how to be very conservative with water and electricity. Meghan is glad that she purchased several small power banks and one large power bank. Ron jokes and says that all the wires and cords make it look like a mad scientist lab. We have had the opportunity to stay in 3 hotels during our trip and found that we actually sleep better in our tiny home bed but hot breakfasts are a nice commodity.

Ron’s take on the trip so far. He says that the ride has been grueling at times, through the sleet, snow and high elevations but he is loving every minute of it. He loves a challenge and getting to see all the sites that he has. He is motivated by the people we see along the way that could benefit by having a service dog and those who are so generous even when they don’t have much to give. Although we aren’t where we’d like to be with our fundraising goal, Ron is still happy with the overall trip and progress that we have made. Every new person that we meet and every new follower on social media gives him more motivation to keep going.

Meghan’s take on the trip so far. She’s ready for warmer weather! She is impressed by the progress Ron has made so far as some of the roads have been very challenging. Meghan has often remarked to Ron that she is glad it is him and not her. She misses he kids but get’s to talk with them often and video chat with them. Meghan is thankful for all of the people who have made suggestions and who continually share their (Onyx’s Great Adventure) posts on social media. She is also thankful that when Team Ronyx decides to stay in an area for more than one night, that she gets to get out and get exercise as she often feels cooped up in the truck (although she has started to do some exercises along the road to break up the time spend in the truck).

Overall, after two months on the road, Team Ronyx is almost halfway to their destination of Cochranville, PA. Their goal of raising at least $30,000 is still in their sights even though they have only raised just over $5,000. The adventure is still worth all the effort, money and time spent on it; as we have met some of the most kind people along the way. The media often depicts the world in such a negative light that it takes something like this to open your eyes to goodness that is still left in others.

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May 10, 2019- Cody City Park, Cody, Nebraska

Phoenix is sick, it’s early and Meghan is woken up to the sound of Phoenix getting sick in their tiny home. She gets up and lets him outside and cleans up the mess. She isn’t quite sure why he has an upset stomach but has an idea it could be from sneaking cat food. Everybody attempts to go back to sleep but is kept up by Phoenix’s constant upset stomach. Finally everybody is up and moving. Meghan’s phone is confused. It keeps changing times on her. Tria told them that when they get to Kilgore, they will be in Central Time, so Meghan assumes it’s from that. Team Ronyx is ready to head down the road around 8 am. Tria has places to be too. Everybody chats a little bit and then we all head off. Ron and Onyx head out on 20E towards Cody, Nebraska. Ron does not think he will make it the whole way to Valentine (61 miles) in the wind so we decide we will camp in Cody then head to Valentine. We arrived in Cody just before 11 am. Ron pedaled 24.5 miles to get here. About 10 miles from town he switched Onyx out and put Phoenix in for the remainder of the ride. They went to the Circle C Market in Cody. It’s the only grocery store for the area. Most people have to travel 30 or more miles to the next nearest grocery store. The store is run by the high school students and was built off of a grant. It wasn’t very big but it has a little bit of everything that you could need. We grabbed some milk, eggs, bread and the essential Milky Way and Hershey Bar. Then we headed over to the Huskers Bar for lunch. We had a wait a little while since it didn’t open until 11 am. We both had bacon burgers and they were delicious. Then we parked at the City Park and walked around town. You are definitely out in the middle of nowhere here. Meghan and Ron wandered over to the livestock store. It had your typical livestock supplies and then a little gift shop area with some really nice stuff from dishes, to jewelry to leather wallets and toys. Ron had sneakily purchased a cowgirl necklace for Meghan. When they left the store, Ron surprised Meghan with the necklace since he knows she loves horses and thought she would like a keepsake from the mid-west. That afternoon, Ron decided to bike with Onyx. The day turned out beautiful and sunny around 50°. He biked out to the next town of Nenzel and back which added up to 15 miles that they could use towards heading to Valentine the next day.

May 11, 2019- Valentine City Park, Valentine, Nebraska

7 am and Team Ronyx is up. They refill their water jugs and hit the road as it’s raining this morning. They drive to the 15 mile mark that Ron rode yesterday and unloaded the bike gear. Ron decided he would take Fonyx since we weren’t sure how the weather would hold up. Ron pedaled 10 miles before Meghan caught up to him. The skies were clearing up and it is 41°. When we were about halfway between Cody and Valentine, Team Ronyx entered the Central Time zone. We are now 2 hours ahead of the West Coast and 1 hour behind the East Coast. Another sign that we are almost halfway across the country. Ron rides into Valentine around 1 pm. We stop for fuel, lunch at Subway and some groceries; then we head 3 miles out of town. Meghan has found a free campsite out there but it was gated off. They decided to drive a little further and park at the Nebraska Rail Trail and take the dogs for a walk. Team Ronyx and the dogs walked to the old railroad bridge and back to the truck. They decided to go back into town to the Valentine City Park to camp. It’s $5 and right along the water. As soon as we found our spot for the night and let the dogs out, they jumped into the water for big drink and splash. Ron throws balls and sticks with them in the water for over an hour. Soon the dogs are worn out a little.

May 12, 2019- Valentine City Park, Valentine, Nebraska

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. Whether you are a fur mom, birth mom stepmom, aunt, or mom at heart, we wish you a day filled with love and togetherness. Team Ronyx isn’t biking today. Meghan wants to explore the Wildlife Refuge just outside of town because there is a waterfall and bison there! We take our time getting up today, then we head into town to see what’s there, then we go back out of town to the Wildlife Refuge. As soon as we pulled into the Refuge we saw a whole herd of bison. There was probably around 8-10 with little calves. Meghan was so excited. Then we drove out to the hiking trail that goes by the waterfall. We hiked with the dogs for over 2 hours and then we took pictures of the prairie dogs and bison and headed back into town for lunch. We ate at the Bunkhouse Restaurant. It was a good meal. After lunch we decided to go back to the Valentine City Park to camp even though the restrooms and showers weren’t available. We decided we would take our “cowboy” baths. We played with the dogs for several hours, heated our water up over the grill and then hung out for the evening. We had several visitors stop by our set up and comment on how much they liked our tiny house. Overall – even though we couldn’t be with our families today, we enjoyed it. The world of technology helps us feel a little closer anyway.