Las Vegas….Again….

March 29-April 3

    -Las Vegas, NV Circus Circus RV Park

This was our 2nd trip to Vegas this year. We stayed at Circus Circus RV Park…again. It’s a nice park with a great location. Close to most everything.

Our goal was to get to Washington and work our way down the Pacific Coast. We made a lot of stops along the way. Las Vegas just happened to be on the way. We were so sad to have to stop…

We only stayed a couple of days…and we did ok at the casinos so all was not lost.

To Las Vegas…and Back….

January 30, 2017

We spent the week of January 20-27 in Las Vegas. Every year we spend Georgie’s birthday there. No different this year except we took our “home” with us. We stayed right on the strip at the RV Park at Circus Circus. (I thought I got some pictures of this park but I apparently did not).

We would definitely stay here again. The sites were a very nice size, easy in, easy out, convenience store, security and a very nice dog park.

As we left La Posa South LTVA the rigs were packing themselves in for the Quartzite RV Show. We still don’t understand why they all park so close to each other when there’s over 11,000 acres to park on.

On our way to Las Vegas we pulled off I-40 in Needles, CA to get some fuel. Man oh man! The price of diesel fuel was $3.74 a gallon. We have paid on average $2.55 a gallon.

Anyway, we pulled off exit 144 since there were 3 stations, a Mobil, Shell & Chevron. We pulled into Shell but realized we were on the wrong side of the pump. We went next door to the Chevron since the price was the same. As Georgie was pumping fuel a young man from Shell came over. He said he thought we had a broken shock. He could hear it when we pulled in and when we pulled out. He and Georgie got under the rig and I’ll be damned…there were 2 broken shocks! He said when we were done we could pull back over to Shell. He’d see what he could do.

We went back to Shell. They were a full service station. They jacked up one right side of the rig. The broken shock could not be repaired. We decided to have all 6 shocks replaced. One of the leaf springs was bent badly so we would have to replace that as well.

We couldn’t have been luckier…they had the shocks and the leaf spring in stock. How was that possible? We found out they have a contract with Penske trucks as well as Good Sam’s RV service. They have to be well stocked in order to keep these contracts.

The young man that came over initially was a licensed mechanic. We were in good hands.

The work done took over 3 ½ hours but they only charged us for 2 hours. As well they gave us a substantial discount on parts as well as another discount for a cash payment. The whole thing was just over $1000. Shocks with a lifetime warranty were used.

When we finally got back on the road we kept saying how lucky we were. Had this young man not come over we may have ended up in a world of shit. Lucky…that’s all we can say.

Because of this slight delay we didn’t get into Las Vegas until rush hour on a Friday night! Oh shit! This doesn’t look so bad but it really was! We made it because Georgie is an expert driver!

We had a great time in Vegas…as always! On Georgie’s birthday we had the breakfast buffet at Red Rock Casino…

And dinner at Batista’s…we love this place! We think they have the best Italian food in Vegas!

One of the best places we found in Las Vegas 14 years ago was Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop! They have the best subs we have ever eaten. We had subs from there 3 times this visit!

We arrived in Vegas a few days before our friends. We, of course, wanted to hit a few casino’s. Georgie decided we would head to Harrah’s. As we pulled into the parking garage there was a height limit. As you can see…WE BARELY MADE IT!!! And…Georgie went all the way to the 6th level with our antenna hitting EVERY SINGLE CONCRETE BEAM!!! It felt like if we happened to run over a small rock the top of the truck would have hit! I was ducking at every beam! He thought it was soooo funny!

As always, driving around Las Vegas there’s always “interesting” things to see. This is one we don’t remember seeing before.

I tried to talk Georgie into stopping here, Puppetry of the Penis! He just laughed and kept on driving.

We passed it a few times with Ray & Jackie during the week we were here…no other takers wanting to stop. Party Poopers!

On our way back to Arizona we passed fields of Joshua Trees that reminded us of our precious daughter-in-law, Ashley Bauman!

On one of our trips out here with the kids we were taking them to the Grand Canyon. We had rented an 8 person van. Ashley was in the very back between Brent & Brandon. We were on the road about 45 minutes when we noticed Ashley didn’t look so good. Apparently she gets car sick. And the fact she sat all the way in the back didn’t help. She never mentioned she gets car sick. Nobody said she was getting sick sitting back there.

Anyway, we pulled over, right in the middle of a huge Joshua Tree field. Ashley quickly got out of the van and made her way up a small hill, sat down, and tried to compose herself & not throw up. While she sat there the other kids roamed around, commenting on Joshua Tree’s.

The rest of the trip the kids made all kind of comments & jokes about Joshua Trees. (you probably had to be there) We laughed our asses off every time one of them made a joke about it!

When we got back to La Posa South BLM in Quartzite, AZ we were hoping our same site was unoccupied…it was! So happy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The check engine light had come on in the truck soon after we arrived in Quartzite. We took the truck to the Ford dealer in Blythe, CA (which is only 20 miles away). They said a vane was stuck in the turbo. They could repair it for around $3000. They also said it didn’t have to be done immediately. Georgie had been researching having the truck “bullet proofed”. There’s a guy in Atlanta that does it. It runs about $10,000 but it’s not actually “bullet proofing” but on the same order.

The real “bullet proofing” is done in Mesa, AZ by Bulletproof Diesel. They fabricate the major components used. We decided rather than spend $3000 to get 1 thing repaired we would spend the money and get it bulletproofed. Georgie got very lucky when he called to make an appointment. They had an opening February 13-17 (it takes 5 days for them to do it). Usually appointments are 4-6 weeks out. Mesa is on the east side of Phoenix, about 2 ½ hours from Quartzite, AZ.

We left for Mesa at 4:30 am since we had to be there at 7:30 am. Watching the local news every day it seems that I-10, the 101 & 202 loops always had major delays. We didn’t want to be late plus we had to stop at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix to pick up a rental car.

Side note on the rental car: We rented a Kia Soul (little hamster car) because our friends, Ray & Jackie, had rented one in Las Vegas. It was really comfy & had good get up & go! Since Georgie dropped me off to pick up the car…I was the only driver…FOR THE WHOLE WEEK! Yeah for me! I really miss driving more than I’ve been doing the past 9 months. Anyway…this car was really fun to drive & had plenty of room for Tori & Annie.

All went well. We picked up the truck Friday afternoon. Nice not to have to worry about something major going wrong for the next 200,000 miles!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Well…it’s time to “pick up stakes” and head a little further north. We’re going to head a couple of hours north to Lake Havasu City, AZ on Wednesday. I need to have something checked on my Harley. Desert Thunder Motorcycle Shop is there. Georgie had to have the volt meter changed on his & they were recommended. He was happy with their service, pricing and speed of the repair.

We were going to boondock for 2-3 days but decided it was going to be pretty warm, in the high 80’s so we are staying at Havasu Falls RV Resort for 3 days…ahhh…air conditioning! We’ll head north to maybe Kingman, AZ or Las Vegas (again) for a couple days. Not sure where to after that.

We were really sad to leave Quartzite as we had our own little piece of heaven since December 29, 2016 (except for the week in January…Vegas). We, unknowingly, were in the “nudist section” of La Posa South BLM. Yeah…our life was very quiet…and…we didn’t worry if we left the blinds open at night…ha, ha, ha!

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!

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.

 

 

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!!

The Adventure Continues….

Thursday, July 14, 2016

We left Checotah, OK at 8 am. Weather was nice. Traffic wasn’t bad.

George was surprised that we were getting 8.4 mpg. He figured we’d get around 7.5 mpg pulling this 15,000 lb rig. He’s very pleased with the way the truck is running and how well it pulls the 5th wheel.

We’re moseying along, driving between 65-70 mph. It’s hilly but nothing extreme. We got around Oklahoma City around 9:30 am. We figured we get close to Albuquerque, NM around 4 pm and stay the night there. We’d only have about a ½ day drive Friday to get into Durango, CO.

As you know, everything’s bigger in Texas. The hills are higher and longer. We always start looking for a truck stop when the gas gauge gets around ½ a tank. We stop at truck stops because we know we won’t have a problem getting in and out. We passed though a lot of small towns on I-40.

We didn’t see any signs for truck stops. I was on my phone checking for truck stops. We were down to about ¼ of a tank. I was starting to panic a little. George said, “No problem. It says I can go 89 miles.” I was still worried. I found a Love’s Truck Stop at exit 96. It was about 50 miles ahead.

George had to accelerate quite a bit to get up the hills as a decent speed. I kept asking him to slow down to conserve fuel. Stop worrying he kept saying. We were coming up to this little town, Groom, TX (population 500). Groom-Texas crossIt has a huge white cross you can’t miss. There was a Phillips 66 there but didn’t advertise diesel fuel. George said he didn’t want to pull off and take a chance on wasting fuel. This was at exit 112. George said we could make it to exit 96, it was only 16 miles away. The truck said we had 34 miles left on this tank.

We passed mile marker 104. We could see mile marker 103 when all of a sudden the truck shut off!

THE TRUCK SHUT OFF!! George coasted over to the shoulder, barely off the interstate. WE RAN OUT OF FUEL!!! George said, “It said we could go 34 miles.” Yea, that didn’t happen! We sat there for a minute, not saying anything. All of a sudden I remembered that Love’s has a sign in all their truck stops that says they have roadside assistance. I’ll call them. They’re only 8 ½ miles ahead. We’ll be on our way in no time.20160714_160917

I called Love’s, told them we ran out of fuel and where we were. They asked what we were driving. I said, “We’re driving an F350 diesel, towing a 40’ 5th wheel.” Cool I thought. This is going to be easy.

Well…the gal on the other end of the phone proceeded to tell me they only deliver fuel to 18 wheelers. I said, “But we’re only 8 ½ miles away. Couldn’t somebody just run up here with a can of diesel fuel?” She said no and was very firm when she said it. Ok I thought. Now what?  It was 101 outside. The truck won’t start so we have no air conditioning. The dogs and cat are hot, we’re hot. What are we going to do?

TaDa!! I remembered we have AAA. I told George I’d call them. Since we were in the middle of nowhere it may take a while for them to get there. George decided while I was calling them, he’d take a gas can and run across the interstate to a building that had a truck parked in front. It was a farm of some sort but only had this building and a grain elevator.

After 10 minutes on the phone with AAA they said because of the heat and the dogs they would put a rush on it. Someone should be here in less than 45 minutes. I text George to let him know (he’s not having any luck finding anyone over there). His phone goes off. It’s sitting right next to me. No problem, he won’t be there too much longer.

I get the dogs out, get them and the cat some water. We spend about 15 minutes walking around. I look across the interstate expecting to see George on his way back. He is nowhere to be found. My first thought is someone is holding him captive inside that building. Now what? Then I get my senses about me and decide he found someone and he’s filling the gas can.

My phone rings. It’s an 806 area code. I think its AAA. It’s George. He found a nice guy that is taking him to Love’s to get fuel. I tell him AAA is on their way.

George and his new friend pull up in front of our truck. 30 seconds later the AAA truck pulls up behind the 5th wheel. George’s friend says, “Did you call someone?” AAA I say. He says, “That’s my company. I own that truck.” NO WAY! Small world.

We end up with almost a ½ a tank of fuel. We give George’s friend $45 (that’s all the cash we had on hand) and the AAA truck our information so he can get paid.

We are on our way…finally.

We made it to Tucumcari, NM by 5 pm, about 175 miles east of Albuquerque. Oh well, at least we’re still not sitting on the side of the road.

Hoping for an uneventful day tomorrow.

 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Left Tucumcari, NM at 7:50 am. Made sure we checked fuel regularly. Filled up close to ½ a tank so we made a couple extra stops.

Started looking for campgrounds in Durango. I called every campground listed. Nothing available. Most told me they were booked until mid August.

I should have known better! I did vacation rentals in Indian Rocks Beach, FL for more than 20 years. People would call at the last minute looking for a place on the beach in mid July or February or March. No such luck. It was our busiest times of the year. I should have know better!

We decided to look at some towns around Durango. Cortez, CO was a little closer to Four Corners Monument, which we wanted to see for sure. We found a very nice RV park, La Mesa RV Park. Only about 35 sites. Nothing too fancy but pet friendly with 4 separate grassy areas for the dogs. Small laundry room. Bath house with 3 showers (recently updated). The park is very well maintained and extremely clean. Everything is in good working condition. WIFI is excellent! Water pressure is also great!

We are going to stay here for 2 weeks.

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!