Luray, Virginia…What a Gem!

September 26-28, 2016

Before I get started…VIRGINIA HAS A HELMET LAW!

We only stayed 2 days (at Jellystone RV Park http://campluray.com/rv-tent-campsites/#RVSITES, just outside of town).

We unloaded the Harley’s & decided to take a little ride through town.  This is definitely a 1 stop light town.

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As we’re cruising through town at 25 mph we passed a cop sitting in a parking lot off to the left.  We didn’t think anything about it.

We were almost to the end of town, which took less than 5 minutes, and Georgie noticed he was behind us.  No worries. 

We get to the end of town, pull in a parking lot to turn around, and the cop follows us.

We stop, turn off the bikes and get off.  He stops and gets out of his SUV.  Georgie asks, “Can I help you?”  The cop is smiling and says, “I saw you ride by me and I noticed you didn’t have helmets on.  I was sure Virginia still had a helmet law but thought maybe I was wrong.  I called the station to double check.  Yep, we still had a helmet law.”

Our faces drop, mouths wide open!  SHIT!  We had been so good about checking each state.  We had only been riding in states that didn’t have any helmet laws. (We don’t own any helmets any more)

The cop asked us if we can call someone to bring us helmets.  We explain that we were just visiting.  We didn’t know anyone here plus we didn’t own any helmets, that we were staying at Jellystone RV Park.

The 3 of us kind of chuckle.  He asked the same thing again.

Georgie asks him if he can just give us a warning. 

He takes our drivers licenses back to his car.  He comes back in a couple minutes.  He asks us the same thing…again.  Nope.  Nothing changed in the last few minutes.  We hadn’t met anybody in the last 3 minutes.  We still didn’t have any helmets.

He hands us our licenses and says, “I’m going to the station…this way (pointing to his right).  You go to your campground that way (pointing to his left).  I’ll leave 1st.”

Talk about luck!  We were damn lucky we got stopped by a really nice cop!

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We rode straight back to the campground and immediately loaded the bikes in the rig.  Done riding in Virginia.

And now…the reason we stopped in this little town. 

This is the little town of Luray, VA. (population 4,895)

http://www.townofluray.com/visitor-information.html

It sits in the Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 90 miles west of Washington, DC, 10 miles east of I-81.

We traveled I-81 coming & going to Pennsylvania more times than I can count.  We never even heard of Luray or their famous caverns.  Guess we were always in a hurry.  Now that we are retired we have all the time in the world to pay more attention to all the sites…both well known and hidden gems…like Luray Caverns http://luraycaverns.com.

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It took us about 1 1/2 hours to go through the caverns.  It was hard to pick just a few pictures so I didn’t even try.  This is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.

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They also had this really nice antique car museum.  These aren’t all the cars by any stretch of the imagination, just some we thought were pretty cool!

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These are just a few of about 50+. 

 

NOW we’re headed to Florida…but this was a stop worth making!

A Year in Review….

It’s been a year since we started this Great American Adventure!  What a wild ride it’s been so far!
I unexpectedly quit my job of 22 years with a 30 minute notice.  Our plan to RV full time got moved up about 3 years.
George put his business up for sale.
We bought our 40′ 5th wheel toy hauler.  Sold everything we owned.  Sold our home of 20+ years & moved into our 5th wheel. 

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We found a beautiful park to move the 5th wheel to, Timberlane RV Park & Resort http://timberlanervpark.com20160116_081559

 

 

We moved here November 1, 2015 and stayed until July 1, 2016.  George’s business sold & closed in June 2016.

While we were here the motor on our bedroom slide had to be replaced, the living room air conditioner had to be replaced,  we made some changes inside the rig…

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One of our Goldens, Daisy, passed away.  This happened in February.   We thought, maybe it would be easier to travel with just 1 golden retriever, Tori, and our cat, Alley.

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That lasted about a week!  Tori was depressed.  We were depressed.  We were a 2 dog family!  We started our search for another Golden.  Daisy was a rescue & was such a good girl we knew we only wanted another rescue.  We ended up with Annie…a goldendoodle!  She was not a rescue but an 8 week old puppy!  We were NOT prepared for a puppy!

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We prepared to take our first road trip…July, August & September.  We wanted to be back in Florida October, November & December.
We spent the next 2 weeks getting the rig ready.  George made an appointment to have the brakes checked on the rig as well as getting 6 new tires.  We took it to A & A Trailer in Bradenton, http://www.aandatrailerhitch.com.
They had the tires off & were checking the brakes.  The brakes were shot!  We not only had 6 new tires put on but we had to replace all 6 brakes!

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While we were waiting for the brakes to come in our refrigerator stopped working.  We need a new refrigerator!
Finally…off to some of the western states!  Our 1st stop was St. Cloud, FL.  Our 2 boys & their families live here…5 minutes from each other.
Brent & Ashley (& Lyla) live on 5 acres east of St. Cloud. 

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He put in 50 amp service so we could park at his place.  It’s a 3 hour drive.  We going to stay 3 days…best laid plans!

While there our little Annie was playing outside with Tori, Zoe & Emma (Brent & Ashley’s 2 Goldens).  She ran, full speed, into the L pin on our front leveling jack!

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This is one expensive dog!  1 surgery & $1200 later…

 

 

Now…off to Colorado!

Ran out of fuel in Texas!

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July 15…made it to Cortez, CO!

Had to take Annie to a vet in Durango.  She had an infection where she had been stitched up.

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Another surgery, 2-3 visits for the next couple of weeks & $2000 later…  Plus an extra week’s stay…in Durango.

Found out our “gas tank” was leaking!  It supplies gas to the generator & also serves to fill the bikes if needed.  Patched it.

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Made the best of this unexpected stay…rode the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton & Ouray, CO!

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August 8…off to Cripple Creek, CO

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August 16…off to Cheyenne, WY. 

WAIT!  Only made it to Colorado Springs.  The brakes on the truck were smoking!  BAD!  Had to get new brakes on the truck so we spent 3 days in Colorado Springs.  Made the best of it.  Got to ride up Pike’s Peak!

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August 19…now we’re off to Cheyenne, WY.

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August 26…on to Keystone, SD (Mt. Rushmore)  Took some fantastic rides…Sturgis & Deadwood, Custer State Park, Needles Highway & Iron Mountain Road!

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September 5…headed to Morton, IL to see my best friend…Julie Cleveland!

(More on this & rest of our trip in separate blogs…soon I hope)  We had reservations at Carl Spindler State Park outside of Morton September 8-11. 

We decided to really take our time getting there.  Decided to stop in Waterloo, IA for a couple days.  Ready to head out on the 7th but…the bar that runs across the leveling jacks broke so we couldn’t hook up!  Ended up there until September 9th waiting on the part then installing it!

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September 9…another delay but finally got to Morton, IL around 7pm.

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September 12…on to Pennsylvania to see our daughter & her family for a couple weeks.

She, Fid & the girls had just moved into their new log home a couple days before we got there…oh yeah!  Poor kids. 20160925_185331

 

 

They also had a 50 amp service so we hooked up there a few steps from their place.

September 26…off to Luray, VA…to see the Caverns!  Spent 2 days!  This is a must see!

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September 30…made it back to Timberlane RV Park in Bradenton, FL.  Here until January 1, 2017 but will probably leave December 17 & head over to St. Cloud for an early Christmas with the boys & their families then on to….somewhere between there & Las Vegas, NV!  Meeting our friends, Ray & Jackie, January 22-26 for a well deserved “Vegas Fix”!

Thinking we may not come back to Florida until November for a couple of months.  October this year was SO hot!

Our Adventures in South Dakota…

August 26 – September 5, 2016

Left Cheyenne, WY and got to the Black Hills the same day.  We stayed in Keystone, SD (pop. 347) Pictures of Keystone, SD 2016 and camped at Holy Smoke RV Park.
Holy Smoke RV Park.
This was really a nice little park about 5 miles from Mt. Rushmore, National Park Service Mount Rushmore.  We took some really cool rides while we were here.

More Pictures of Mt. Rushmore, SD
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We rode to Sturgis, SD (pop. 6,883) & Deadwood, SD (pop. 1,270).

Sturgis, Sturgis Website, was just a dinky little town.  Maybe 1 stop light at the most.  I think the biggest business there was the Harley dealership.  We were there the week after the rally (thank God!)  The population in this little 2 horse town grows to over 1/2 million people for this one week!  I don’t even like a crowded elevator!  We’ve been to Bike Week in Daytona Beach, several times.  This is a much, much larger city (pop. 61,000) and they get around 1/2 million people for this!  There’s a lot more room to put that many people!

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Deadwood, Deadwood Website, on the other hand was an old, national historic landmark.  The cemetery, Mount Moriah Cemetery, is where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, as well as other notable wild west outlaws are buried.
There’s a museum, plenty of gaming halls & casino’s, a gold mine and quite a few places to eat & shop.  20160828_130500
The HBO series, Deadwood, was based on this little town.  When talking to some of the local’s, they said that HBO spent quite a bit of time there doing research on the true history as well as the original saloon where Wild Bill was shot.  The series buildings were modeled after the buildings in town.  Pretty cool.

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We took a ride through Custer State Park, South Dakota Custer State Park.  Beautiful!  We came across a herd of about 200 wild bison.  We had to stop as they walked across the rode…coming very, very close to my bike.  I think I might have shit a little in my jeans.  I didn’t move!  They just meandered by in no hurry at all!
Georgie took a ride the next day by himself (I didn’t mind a little “alone time”).  He called after being gone an hour or so and could hardly speak.  He had been almost trapped by 1000 or so bison!  He said one stopped right in front of his bike and just gave him the hairy eyeball!  He wasn’t sure what to do.  It finally walked off but left him a little nervous.

We rode Needles Highway, Black Hills Needles Highway, part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Highway 87.  This road was way too cool!  Only motorcycles or small cars could fit through some of the tunnels…like threading a needle.

More Needles Highway…

Also on our list of rides there was Iron Mountain Road (16A), http://www.allblackhills.com/scenic_drives/iron_mountain_road.php.  It was part of Custer State Park.

 

 

And On and On and On…Our Time in Cripple Creek, CO

We wanted to ride the Harley’s up Pike’s Peak so we thought we’d find a place to stay in or close to Colorado Springs.  We called every campground around there…Woodland Park, Divide, Colorado Springs, etc., etc., etc.  They were all full until at least mid August.  We figured school would be starting soon so everyone & their brother were taking their last camping trips before school starts.

We don’t book in advance since we don’t know where we’ll be or how long we want to stay someplace.

 

August 8, 2016

 

Left Durango.

We ended up in Cripple Creek, CO.  It’s an old gold mining town.  Before the Gold Rush, this town had a population of 15.  At the height of the Gold Rush the population soared to over 50,000.  The current population is under 12,000. We were extremely pleased with this quaint little town!

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Downtown Cripple Creek                                Wild Burro’s                    Town of Cripple Creek

 

We went to the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine.

They put you in the original elevators the miners took us down 1000 ft.  There were only 6 of us in these but they said 9 miners were in these each time they went down.

We were less than 1/2 way down.  There were many mines below us, 1200 ft below us!  The mine has 22 levels.  We were at level 10.

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Our Ride to Silverton and Ouray, CO

Monday, August 1, 2016

Moved from Cortez, CO to Durango, CO for 2 reasons.  1st, Annie still had to see the Vet in Durango.  2nd, we wanted to ride the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton then on to Ouray.

Got settled into our new park, Alpen Rose RV Park by 2pm.  20160803_175622 20160803_180542 Alpen Rose RV Park Durango

 

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Well…we left the rig at 9:15 am to ride the Million Dollar Highway.

Before I go any further you have to know that I have only ridden in Florida…it’s very, very flat!  Very flat!  We have to look hard to find a road with curves and rarely find hills let alone mountains.

Anyway, we got to Silverton at 11:15 am.  It was only 41 miles but it took us 2 hours!  Parts of this road were terrifying!!  No shoulders on some parts and NO GUARDRAILS…ON 20160802_115511 20160802_115441 20160802_115352 20160802_115320SWITCHBACKS, some were double switchbacks!!!!  I mean to tell you…when you looked down…you couldn’t see the bottom. 20160802_124704

Georgie decided he would pull over at an overlook…on a huge incline…on a curve!  I just kept on going!  Again…are you f***ing kidding me?  I pulled over about ¾ of a mile further…where it was a little more level.  He caught up.  He said, “What the hell!  I thought you’d want to take some pictures.”  “NOT THERE!” I said.  Maybe on the way back…where the overlooks where on the side where there were mountains…not humongous cliffs.

When we stopped in Silverton, Georgie said to me, “did you see blah, blah, blah?”

“Are you f***ing kidding me!  I kept my eyes straight ahead!  I wasn’t looking at anything but the road on those curves!”

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We didn’t even stop in Ouray.  We just turned around to head back…because the sky was black as coal…it was going to rain.  Georgie wanted to stop, I said no way!  And get caught in the rain, on this road…with all the switchbacks…and no guardrails!

I’ll bet if I said it once I said it a hundred times on the way up…to myself but out loud…HOLY F***!!!

It wasn’t as bad going back. We got back to Silverton without hitting rain.  We stopped for gas.  Talked to a few people on bikes going both directions.  They asked how it was.  Good thing they talked more to Georgie than me.  I did say it wasn’t bad coming back.

We left Silverton and headed home.  The sky was still very black.  Georgie, as usual, said we’d be fine.  The rain was behind us.  WRONG!  It started raining, a little, about 20 minutes in.  Not too bad.  Well…it just got worse and worse.  It was howling and very cold!  I worked out ok for me though.  I was more worried about just seeing the road rather than the curves…or the speed limit.  It felt like sleet hitting our faces.  I was sure I would have bruises on my face.  I didn’t.

We were about 23 miles from home when George pulls over on the shoulder.  It’s still raining mind you.    As we’re riding at 60 mph his bike shuts off.   He got it running in about 5 minutes and it ran fine.  Never did figure it out.

It finally stopped raining about 15 miles from home.  The sun came out and dried our jeans.  Now they were clean I thought.  Good thing we had our leather jackets on ‘cause it was really cold riding, not to mention the freezing cold rain.

I kept thinking, if I could ride this road, especially in this kind of weather, I could ride any road!  Bring it on!!

A Little “Ditty” We Kept Passing Between Cortez, CO & Durango, CO…

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37001 US 160          Mancos, Colorado 81328

 

 

You can’t miss this huge “toxic site” on the drive along Highway 160 in between Mesa Verde and Mancos/Durango.
The signs warning about toxic contamination and blaming the state of Colorado for a massive fuel spill are pretty jarring.
Located on Highway 160 in between Mesa Verde National Park and the town of Mancos, CO is a former Sinclair gas station and “Wild Wild Rest” general store. All that remains, however, is a shell of the station and store and a contaminated plot of land after residual fuels flowed from gasoline storage tanks into the ground during a tank removal process in 2006.
Frustrated by the perceived inaction of both the gas station’s operator and the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety, land owner Ray McCarty placed signs–bracketed by skull-and-cross bone flags and graphics–declaring the area a “Massive Petroleum Spill, Toxic Site,” a “State-Chemical Landfill,” and warning “Benzene, Cancer Hazard” in 2013.  

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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.

Square Tower House Overlook Ride Down Mesa Cliff Palace Cliff Palace View Cliff Dwelling 1

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.

 

On Our Way to Durango, CO…

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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On Brent & Ashley’s back porch

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Lyla & Brent

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Cayden & Tyler (Brandon’s boys)

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Parked in Brent’s side yard (They have 5 acres)

 

We are finally on our way.  Spent a few days at Brent & Ashley’s so we could see the grandkids (and Brandon, Brent & Ashley too).

 

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Diane, Ashley, Brent, Chris & Frank

 

 

 

 

We got to Crestview, FL Sunday night.  We already planned to spend Monday there getting our Driver’s Licenses changed & registering to vote.  As most know you have to take 2 pieces of mail with your address on it in order to do these things.20160710_161302
If you want Florida to be your residence (or Texas or South Dakota) but don’t have a “residence” most full-time RV’ers use a mail service as an address.  This can be used as our legal address.  All our mail goes here.  We can check what mail came daily.  If we are stationary for a week or more we can have it sent to us.  If we’re traveling, they’ll scan it if we want them to.  This all comes at a price but it’s very fair for what they do & the convenience.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There was a tunnel…in Arkansas!  A tunnel!  WTF!  We hadn’t gone through a tunnel before.  We think it went under the water.  Georgie was a little nervous.  It was kind of creepy really.20160712_091135

Pretty uneventful until…we hit Jackson, MS!  I-40 W…what a bitch of a road!  That part of I-40 will jar your teeth loose!

Oh…and on top of that…we were just getting through Jackson when all of a sudden we couldn’t maintain our speed! Georgie said, “Somethings wrong”.  What I ask.  He said he wasn’t sure.  On the interstate, in heavy traffic we weren’t really moving too fast, just over a hump, he pulled over…way over.  Got out of the truck to see what he could find.  Low & behold…this road was so bad it jiggled the plug to the emergency trailer brakes loose.  He jumped in the bed of the truck & pushed that plug in so hard it won’t ever come out.  He said it must not have been in as tight as it should have been even though it looked like it was.  MAJOR EVENT AVERTED!  My hero! (Sunday night it came out when we forgot to disconnect it from the hitch.  If that happens you just push it back in.)

We were back on the road in about 15 minutes.

Ended our day at Frog Hollow RV Park at 5:10 pm.  Too long of a day.  Our asses were dragging!  572 miles, pulling a 40′ 5th wheel that weighs about 15,000 lbs.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On the road at 7:30 am.  Weather was nice, roads were decent.  Nothing too much going on.

We entered Tennessee at 9 am.  Into Arkansas at 9:15 am…in the middle of some old, rickety bridge on I-40 W.

Georgie said, “Now I’m scared!”  There was an 18 wheeler right next to us in the left lane.  The bridge was 2 lanes.  It was so narrow he could have reached out & touched it.

That was it, our excitement for the day.  We decided that yesterday was too long of a day.  We were going to stop earlier.  We found what appeared to be a nice KOA just off the road in Checotah, OK.  Called an hour ahead & made reservations.  We pulled in.  Very nice…except the pool looked green & the wifi was down.  OK.  We’ll just get the air cranked up (since it was 97 outside at 4 pm).  

It took us 15 minutes to get set up.  Both air conditioners were cranking, 3 fans on.  Georgie was sweating his balls off.  If I had them I’d be sweating mine off too.  Everything shuts off!  Georgie went outside to the electrical box we were plugged into & flipped the breaker.  Everything came back on. 

In an RV it takes a while for things to cool off.  The a/c doesn’t work the same as residential ones. 

Anyway, in 10 short minutes the temperature inside climbed 2 degrees.

20 minutes later…the breaker again.  15 minutes later…again with the breaker!

We didn’t want to move to another site.  We’d have to start over.  Unhook the water & electric.  Get the slides in.  Etc, etc, etc. 
We switched the fridge from electric to propane for now.  Several hours later all is good…so far.  Fingers crossed.  It’s still 81 degrees in the rig after 4 hours but that’s better than 95…where it started.

 

 

OMG! Glad we weren’t…on the road…

What started as an easy night…

George made a huge pot of his famous spaghetti sauce.  Going to have dinner with Brandon, Tyler & Cayden, Brent, Ashley & Lyla.
All the dogs, Zoe & Emma (Brent & Ashley’s Goldens) Tori & Annie (ours) were out in the yard running around, playing & racing about 7 pm.  Brent & Brandon were in the yard watching the dogs play, I was in back of the rig showing Tyler the garage ramp.  He was curious as to how we were going to get the Harley’s out.
At 7:05 pm this horrible screaming was coming from one of the dogs.  I ran around to the side of the rig.  It was Annie!  She was screaming!  Blood all over the front of her.
When I first saw her it looked like a lot of blood coming from her mouth.  I thought she hit her face on the steps to the rig.  The boys were right there with her trying to pick her up.  All I heard was, “She ran into that thing!”  That thing…I thought it was the side of the steps.  I quickly picked her up.  She was all curled up screaming.   I carried her into the rig & put her in the kitchen sink.  She stopped screaming & was just whimpering.
As I was trying to see what happened to her face the boys kept saying, “It’s not her face, it’s her leg!  Her leg!  It’s her leg!”
It took me a few seconds to hear what they were saying.  I tried to look at her leg.  All she would do was cry & pull her leg away.  After about 30 seconds she let me look at it.  So much blood.
Brent had grabbed some clean rags from his garage.  We put one on her leg & kept pressure on it to try to stop the bleeding.
Brandon said he thought she broke her leg.  He said she was running so fast she ran right into the front leveling jack, the L shaped thing that adjusts the legs up or down.  He said, “Mom, she was racing around with the other dogs.  She was running so fast.  She ran into that thing & just started screaming!”
The boys were calling their vets.  One answered & said they were closed but referred us to an Emergency Vet in Kissimmee, Dr. Barnett.  Off we went…racing to the vet, Tori in tow.  She wasn’t letting us take Annie anywhere without her.
Spent about an hour at the vet.  They were wonderful!  Because the laceration was so bad they had to put her under to do the surgery.  Surgery would take about 90 minutes.  We were allowed to carry her into the operation room & stay with her until the put the IV in.  They had to stitch her nerve, stitch her muscle & then stitch her skin.  It was pretty bad.  They said it might take a couple of months for her to get back to normal and even then, if the nerve doesn’t heal right she may have a limp.  Her aspirations for being a Show Dog just went down the drain…LOL!
We left Annie and took a drive around town.  We had lived in Kissimmee 20+ years ago so we thought we’d just drive around and see if we recognized anything.  We didn’t see a lot that looked familiar anymore.
We got back to the vet at 10:15 pm.  Annie started barking as soon as she heard our voices.  Tori wasn’t waiting, she had to see her Sis.  We walked back.  There was Annie, standing, barking & growling a little.  She was ready to go home!
We headed home.  Both the girls were happy to be together…again!
We got home about 11 pm.  Annie jumped out of the car & tried to run around the yard.  Tori stuck with her…she knew things weren’t quite right with her Sis.
Oh…and as an added bonus, when Brent was trying to pick her up she bit him.  She bit him so hard that one of her baby teeth was stuck in his hand.  He put peroxide on it & will be ok.
And on and on….

Right after the “Event”

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Waiting for the Vet

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The wound. Nerve & muscle damage

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Tori feels better. Took her to Dairy Queen while we waited for Annie.

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On the way home

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The culprit!

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Back out playing this morning with Tori, Zoe & Emma! What a trooper!

 

Getting the Harley’s Strapped Down…

Well…we must be just plain stupid!  We had strapped our bikes in the garage several times.  Each time George’s bike would tilt even though it was tied down tight each time…or so we thought!

As you know, it’s possible to find anything & everything on YouTube.  I watched tons of video’s on “How to load & tie down a bike”.  They were all basically the same and appeared to be the same way we were loading & tying down.

Then I started watching video’s on “How to use ratchet straps”.  (George wouldn’t watch them.  He said, “you watch them & tell me what they said”)  We could get them tight but when it came time to loosen them…that was a whole different story.  We just couldn’t!

I found DirtFarmerJay’s video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r16xOkVJZQ.  He shows how to use ratchet straps & how to loosen them.  Viola!  We did EXACTLY what he said to do.  Those bikes aren’t going anywhere!

We put 2 strips of ETrack  down for George’s bike.  It weighs about 875 lbs.  This would give us more options to secure his bike.  Mine only weighs about 525 lbs so the D Rings on the floor worked fine.

Live and learn…again!