Saturday, May 14, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
We went back to the trailer, had lunch, hitched up, and traveled back home. The reason for the title of this posting is that during my attempt to back the trailer into our driveway, like I've done so many times in the past 12 years, the utility pole at the south side of our driveway jumped out and caught the side of our trailer. I believe that the only thing that needs to be fixed is the "roll-up" awning attached to that side. I pulled the trailer into our local RV service shop this morning and left it for the necessary repair and also called our insurance company. The shop manager said that he believed he can get it all repaired before our June trip but if not at least he can remove the damaged one and we can get a new one installed when we have time to take it back in later.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 09, 2011
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
We made it home a little after noon and our GWF was right here with us. The forecast was for a 30% chance of thunder storms today but we haven’t seen anything other than some cloudy overcast skies. It was nice to spend last night in our trailer with ALL facilities functioning as they are supposed to.
After we arrived, Jo spent some time going around her yard and here is what she came home to:
the purple azelia
the gold azelia and bleeding heart
the big snowball bush beginning to open up
the yellow thornless rose
pretty white flowers that you will have to ask Jo
our red flowering buckeye
the little snowball bush
and the "I'll bloom whenever I want to" cactus was pretty for our return. The red center flowers are silk.
First the very small bit of bad news and that is that we got up at 4:00 am in order to get Wilma to the hospital by 5:30 only to find that her procedure had been canceled.
Now the rest is good news beginning with getting her rescheduled for Monday May 9 which will work much better for Jo and I to be able to be with her whatever her needs may be.
We also were able to get back to Chanute, KS and pick up our repaired trailer shortly after noon and are in the local Chanute campground where the first two nights are free, can’t beat the price. Tomorrow morning we will head back to the Martin Manor RV Park (also free with limited hook-ups) and will be able to relax knowing that our trailer problems are fixed by factory technicians and should now be better than new. This way we won’t have to make the drive back from Holts Summit to retrieve our trailer sometime in a couple of weeks. We are much more comfortable tonight in our own surroundings instead of the motel (which was very nice) that we were in last night.
Since we were about an hour west of OKC last night we decided to get up early and get through before the “worker bees” clogged up the traffic lanes. We were out of bed by 4:00 am and on the road before 6. That all worked well for OKC but then we were heading into Tulsa with all the rush hour folks and there was major highway construction that really made the Tulsa crossing a rough go. At one time there was a little red piece of tin on four wheels that jumped right in front of us forcing a major stop on our part and getting them a long blast of our horn and almost a big push from our front bumper.
By leaving that early we made it to the Nu-Wa factory in Chanute, KS around 10:30, dropped our trailer with them to make the necessary repairs and then headed to Springfield. It has been a long day of driving
Wilma has to be to the hospital early in the morning so it will be another early rising for us. She is having laparoscopic surgery to repair her esophageal valve into her stomach. She apparently has had major problems with reflux that we weren’t aware of. We will be there with her tomorrow and Saturday but we will need to head back toward the Martin Manor on Sunday to make my appointment on Monday morning.
The service manager at Nu-Wa told us that they would work on our trailer tomorrow but I will just have to go pick it up when I am able to drive again. With my surgery being on my upper back I won’t be able to lift anything for a while and will have to find out whether or not my driving will be curtailed for a while. I want this to heal properly so we will be able to make the next trip that for now is planned to begin in early June.
We are back into our familiar time zone about 50 miles west of Oklahoma City. I wonder about the morning rush as we travel through but we’re big enough to take whatever lane that we want. ;-)
We do have a change in the original travel schedule. Originally we had planned to spend two nights in Tucumcari because we like to break up a long stretch of driving days with a day of rest. While we were in California we had a call from Wilma to tell us that she was to have some outpatient surgery on the 29th and she would like to have her sister to be there. We also would like to be there with her so we changed the stay in Tucumcari to one night and will continue our travels to get to Springfield by tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow we will not take the straight path but instead will go by Chanute, KS and drop off the trailer so they can take care of our holding tank problem and then we will have to come back when they are done to pick up the trailer and get it home for the refreshing necessary for our next outing. This is working out better than finding another repair service as I’m sure the factory repair will make it as good as, or hopefully better than, new.
Today we continued our eastward trek across New Mexico and tonight we are in Tucumcari. The good news today was the wind . . . it was 30+/- mph with gusts and most of the drive it was directly behind us pushing us to probably the best fuel economy towing @ 11.3 mpg. The bad news today is the wind . . . last night it rocked us to sleep and woke us up a few times during the night and tonight it feels and sounds like another night of the same rock and roll.
It was a nice drive today with fairly good road conditions and light traffic. Jo is convinced that the sign painter that put up the “watch for elk” signs is the very same one that lies about the “end of road work” but we did see a small herd of antelope today.
Today we crossed the top of Arizona on I-40. The signs kept saying to “watch for elk” and Jo had that to watch for as well as ice on the bridges and falling rock but so far she hasn’t seen any of the above. Tomorrow’s trip is across New Mexico with the night’s stop in Tucumcari.