On Our Way to Illinois….

September 5 – 9, 2016

We left South Dakota and headed for Morton, Il.  to see my best friend in the world!  Julie Cleveland & her husband Anthony.  Julie & I have been friends for more than 50 years!

Had reservations at Spindler Campground, http://www.fondulacpark.com/facilities/carl-spindler-campground, there Thursday, September 7th to Saturday the 10th.

We got as far as Waterloo, IA & decideded to stop for a couple days.

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Dog Park

Found a nice KOA campground,http://koa.com/campgrounds/waterloo, that was reasonably priced, close to the interstate. view-of-part-of-the-park laundry-room-and-bath-house convenience-store

What a nice park!  We were up on a hill overlooking a small lake.  The off leash dog park was right behind us.  It was beautifully landscaped & had gravel roads in great shape.

 

 

 

Went to lower the landing gear so we could unhook the truck.  Only 1 side was going down!  How could this be?  They work together.

I got on my phone to find a mobil rv repair place.  They apparently weren’t as common here as they are in Florida.  Got a lot of nope, we don’t do that but you could bring it in.  We could get to it in a few days.  Yea…that’s not going to work for us.  We finally got hold of a guy that listened to Georgie explain what he saw.  We sent a few pictures.  He called & told us how to fix it.  Wish we had his name.

About 2 hours later we got it fixed & unhooked. Whew!  What a relief.

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View from campground looking towards the casino

Enjoyed a couple days there.  They had a nice, new casino, Isle Casino, http://waterloo.isleofcapricasinos.com.  We went a couple times.  Did some laundry & just kinda hung out.

 

 

 

 

 

On the 7th we got ready to hook the truck up…best layed plans…HA!  Both truck batteries were dead!  Unfucking believable!   Called AAA.  They were there within a 1/2 hour.  Not so bad.  Georgie decided we should get 2 new batteries.  So he followed the guy that jumped us back to his shop.  The guy tested our batteries…they were fine.  We needed a new alternator.   Oh yeah!  How long was THIS going to take?  A very nice surprise…only about 45 minutes!  The guy was great!

Georgie got back.  Backed up to the hitch.  Oh…ANOTHER NICE SURPRISE! (not really)

I went to extend the landing gear…it wasn’t moving!  We had to raise it to get the truck hooked up! WTF!  (Said out loud)   Spent about an hour trying to figure out what it was.  OH!  We figured it out…it wasn’t good!

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Called that same guy, sent pictures, etc.  He had to order a part.  He ordered a new worm gear & had it shipped to him overnight.  It came, we picked it up & tried to figure out what we had to do.  It took 2 days!

Luckily the KOA was able to extend our stay…day by day.  We didn’t think it would take 2 days…but it did!

September 9 – 12, 2016

We were finally on our way to Illinois.  We were also lucky that the campground there could change our dates…and didn’t charge any additional fees!

We got to Spindler Campground about 7:30 pm.  Guess who was waiting for us?  Julie & Anthony!  What a really nice surprise!

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Spent some time with them.

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Went to dinner with Julie, Anthony, her sister Janet & husband Greg, and her brother Jim!  We laughed all night!  I may have peed a little in my pants.  I didn’t tell any of them that.   I did, however, seem to spill my guts about most everything else that’s happened to my bodily functions as I’ve grown older!  (I’m chuckling a little to myself right now)

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Julie, me, Anthony, Georgie, Jim, Janet, Greg

 

 

 

 

 

Julie is one of those friends that you can talk to once a month and it’s just like it was yesterday that we talked.  We just pick up where we left off.  That’s why I love her so much!

Never enough time with her but…we had to get on to Pennsylvania to see our daughter Jessica & her family.

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Our Time in Cortez, CO…so far!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Arrived at La Mesa RV Park in Cortez, CO (pop. 8,500) about 4 pm. What a nice park. No pool but we don’t need one. Staying 17 days.  We set up in about ½ hour. They have a Safeway & City Market (Kroger) as well as a Super Walmart. They also have quite a few “weed stores” (as Georgie puts it). You can easily spot them…they have a large green cross outside. Georgie made sure this was our 1st stop! That’s all I heard from him the last 2 days of our drive here. Green Cross

 

 

Since it’s legal here I decided I could smoke some. Yea, well! We were laughing SO hard. I was laughing so hard I started to fall backwards. I grabbed the edge of the counter…and ripped it off…on my way down to the floor! Great! Of course this was just one more thing to laugh about! Old people and dope…what can I say.

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Saturday, July 16

Unloaded the Harley’s.  Cleaned the garage. Took a nap…a long nap…because we can.

 

Sunday, July 17

Had to take Annie to the Emergency Vet in Durango (pop. 17,800), Riverview Animal Hospital. 20160717_103711

 

 

20160717_123150Found a nice restaurant where we could eat outside so Tori could be with us, Ska Brewery. I think they have the best hamburgers we have ever eaten!Ska Brewery

 

 

 

Monday, July 18

Hung out around here. Did some laundry. Took a drive to see the town.

 

Tuesday, July 19

Rode the Harley’s to Four Corners Monument-90 miles round trip. Stopped at Ute Mountain Casino on the way there. A lot of penny slots.20160719_111106 20160719_111253 20160719_120312 20160719_120440

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Wednesday, July 20

Back to Durango. Annie had to get her bandages changed. Made reservations at Alpen Rose RV Park for Aug 1-8.

 

Thursday, July 21

Rode out to Dolores (pop. 953) through Mancos (pop. 1,360).   Cortez to Mancos to Dolores to Cortez

 

 

Friday, July 22

Rode back to Dolores. Had really good pizza at Riverfront Bar & Grill. Sat out on the deck, right on the Delores River.Riverfront Bar & Grill

 

 

Saturday, July 23

I stayed home to do some things around the house. Georgie road to Dolores. He rode through San Juan National Forest. Was only gone about 2 hours.

We’ll take a drive up there some evening before dark. Georgie thinks we’ll see a lot of wild life.

 

Sunday, July 24

Back again to Durango for Annie’s check up. Got her bandages off but now has to wear her Cone of Shame ALL THE TIME!

20160724_110832 20160724_105358Drove up to Silverton (pop. 629). What a SCARY drive! Rt. 550 is called The Million Dollar Rd.20160724_105715 We hit a deer as we came around a curve. Most of the road has no shoulder, just a looooong drop off.   No guardrails! Silverton doesn’t have any fast food places BUT…they have at least 1 “weed store”. We decided that since Annie will have to go to the Vet at least 1 more time we’d stay another week in Durango and ride the Harley’s up to Silverton.

 

Monday, July 25

20160725_10090320160725_100841Rode the Harley’s to Mesa Verde National Park. What a beautiful ride! Lots of switch-backs but there were guardrails so not too bad…for me. About 50 miles round trip.

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There are a lot of places to stop. As far back as 800 AD the Pueblo Indians built and lived in the Cliff Dwellings.Square Tower

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 26

Started to wax the rig.  This is going to be a big job.  We’ll do a little at a time. It was somewhat overcast today so was a good day to do this.

Georgie fixing bedDropped the bedroom clicker beside the bed. On my side there is a small space between the bed and the floor so the slide can go in and out. The clicker fell down in that small space. We had to take the strip of wood off Georgie’s side then slide the broom handle all the way across to push the clicker up where I could reach it. Georgie was in charge of putting the strip of wood back. He’s getting so handly!

We fixed the emergency window latch. It broke on the drive here.   We ordered a new one.