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On the Way to Chimney Rock

Our plans were to be on the road by 8:00 this morning since I needed to stop by South Point Mall on the way to Concord. When I got up at 5:45 Jerry had already been up about 15 minutes and I was pretty sure we’d be away earlier than anticipated. We actually left at 7:55 so I guess we were a bit early but not what I had anticipated.

Our first stop was at Sam’s in Goldsboro. This may be becoming a pattern as it seems we have done this several times in the past. On the road again and then a brief stop to get gas at Hess west of Goldsboro. The diesel and unleaded were the same price at $2.59 – wow! We stopped at South Point for about an hour and then were on our way to Concord. We stopped at a Love’s outside of Concord to see if possibly they had a 760 LTE Garmin and to get a bite to eat at McDonald’s.

We arrived at Tom Johnson’s about 1:30 and Jerry said he hoped to be away by 3:00. I thought surely we’d be away much sooner than that but as usual I was mistaken again. We met with Jeff Phillips and he went over the repairs that had been done and everything seemed to check out. After that Jerry wanted to meet with Ray, the service administrator to ask about the $700 that we had paid to Camping World for the fuse repair. Ray promised he’d get right on it and we should hear from him in a couple of days. We’ll see!

We finally pulled out at 3:05 and after going about 20 miles Jerry suddenly noticed that there was a chip in the windshield. He called Jeff and after determining that the chip was not there when we took it in in May he said he’d get back with us. I had not been able to get the fridge to come on so I asked Jeff about that and he talked me through turning the inverter on. Had we known how to do that in May we may not have had a problem with the refrigerator. Learned two things today – that and the motor has to be turned off in order to put the slide out. Of course the brake has to be on as well. RVing for us is a ongoing learning experience. If we could only retain what we learn!

4:10 and 55 miles from Lakewood RV Resort. Looks like spaghetti for dinner.

lakewood rv resortArrived at Lakewood RV Resort at 5:30. We had called ahead since it was going to be after 5:00 when we arrived and they told me that the pertinent information would be on the board outside of the office. We also had a question about the address as the webpage had said it was on Timmie Road and the GPS said Ballenger Road. Actually they’re the same, just a name change. The old Garmin brought us straight here.

Upon arrival I went up to the office and located the information and we drove on to site 278. Setup seemed to be easy and done quickly. Leveling was easy as we’re on level grouund. It’s graveled but nice. As Jerry was setting up I quickly swept the floor and tried to tidy up things. It’s been a while since we used the coach! I opened all of the windows hoping that we wouldn’t have to use the AC but everything quickly heated up as we brought in all of the things from the car. While Jerry was loading the car on the dolly at Tom Johnson’s I had brought in what I could from the car but we still had the very full baskets and the cooler.

We finally gave in and turned the AC on and the coach cooled off very quickly. Defrosted the spaghetti sauce and cooked the noodles. After dinner we took a brief walk around the park. There are not a lot of RV’s here and even those here don’t look like anyone is staying in them. I’m wondering if some are week-end retreats and more people may arrive tomorrow evening. As we walked around we saw a small bunny who was not afraid of people at all. He stayed right where he was as we passed by.

Just as we were coming in it began to sprinkle. Hopefully tomorrow will be as sunny as it was when we got here today. Climbing Chimney Rock in the rain doesn’t excite me a great deal!

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