My daughter and her family are on their way home from an amazing trip to Yellowstone and out to the Oregon coast. She sent great pictures from Voyagers Nat'l Park, Fort Abercrombie, N.D., Custer State Park, Wind Cave, Mt. Rushmore, and Wind Cave before getting to Yellowstone. Enjoy your trip! You are creating amazing memories for you and your family.
I don't know ANYTHING about the area you are welding but a couple years ago DH had to weld the bumper on the 5th wheel. He put a sheet of metal (I think) against the camper, and I hosed the camper while he welded. I told him not to set himself on fire because I did not want to make the decision whether to protect the camper of him... joking.
Sorry your weekend was ruined. When we read your accounting we cannot tell what his demeanor was, whether you felt threatened by him, or if you thought your family would not be safe in that situation. If you did not have cell coverage I am certain that weighed into your decision. You made a choice that you thought was best for you and your family based on the information you had that we do not. You might consider calling and expressing your concerns about the host not being there or concerns about no way to contact law enforcement should you need it. We always camp during holidays at state parks in Ohio and have never had a problem.
Has anyone taken this route? If so what has your experience been going through the Chicago area? Also are there interesting stops along the route that we should stop and see? Thanks in advance for your help.