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Broken Mirror

We got up early this morning and headed out of Perry as we knew we had a lot of miles to cover before reaching Raleigh and the horse show. Getting on the road was uneventful thankfully but just after we got on the four lanes the two GPS’s were sending us in divergent routes. We decided to take mine and wouldn’t you know it it was full of road construction and on two lanes. We finally found a place to turn around and we did and then followed Jerry’s Clarion.

Everything was going find until …. We were in a small town in Georgia in the left lane slowly approaching a stoplight when I mentioned to Jerry that we were a little close to the semi next to us and suddenly just as I got the words out of my mouth zap! Our passenger mirror hit his mirror. I don’t know what happened to his as he went on but the top part of ours flopped over. We turned and pulled off of the road and Jerry got out to check the damage. He had bought some super-duper glue at the rally so we got that out but guess what – it wasn’t quite super-duper enough to hold the mirror so we duct taped it together. It’s up but at such an angle as to be unusable.

I told Jerry that we could skip the horse show and go on home but he was persistent so on to Raleigh we went. Let me tell you. If you’ve never driven in Raleigh, NC in 5:00 traffic on a Friday afternoon in a big rig with no side view mirror – well, consider yourself lucky! It’s a bit nerve wracking! I tried to hold my phone out of the window and use the reverse camera but that didn’t work. Fortunately Jerry had the side view camera and I was super vigilant watching emerging traffic. We made it without incident! Whew. We pulled in about 5:30 and quickly got set up.

The horse show was small, not many horses but it was still fun to see everyone. We stayed until Saturday as we wanted to be “home” for Easter. The trip home was uneventful and fortunately there was little traffic so the absence of a side view mirror was not an issue. We got home, quickly unpacked and headed for the river for Easter. We left the rig in the driveway so we can quickly pull it out to take it to Wilmington for the repair.

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The Saga Continues

I got in bed last night around 9:00 and began reading. Jerry came in around 10:00 but didn’t stay long as his shoulder was hurting and he could sleep better on the sofa. I heard him come to bed around 12:30. At 2:45 I was awakened by a beeping noise but Jerry never stirred. Thinking it was the refrigerator door alarm indicating that the door had not been closed securely I headed to the fridge but it was not that. I just followed the sound and it was the TPMS monitor that Jerry had charging. I unplugged it but could not get it to turn off. I finally just stuck it under a blanket trying to mask the sound and went back to bed. Well, that didn’t work so I got up and put it in the half bath. Nope, that didn’t work. I finally got a dish towel and wrapped it up and put it in the back bathroom and closed the door. Mind you, Jerry slept through the entire thing. By then it was after 3:00 and I was wide awake so I just headed to the sofa. What a night!

We got on up and started to get things partially prepared to leave today because the air conditioner was supposed to be repaired this morning. In the meantime Jerry decided to put the TPMS on the tires only to find out that one of the tires will not hold air. Oh my! Although Jerry checks the tire pressure before we leave on each trip he is not sure he would have caught that. If it had not been for that system we would have been traveling down the highway with a slack or flat tire. I called Coach-Net and they have been very supportive first asking if we were safe. After assuring her that we were she went to work finding someone to help us and it was all done fairly quickly. Unfortunately the tire company is not as fast but that is not something that Coach-net can control. The delay seems to be in getting a Michelin tire although we are hopeful that it could just be a nail or a valve stem. The tire is not worn at all.

We spent the afternoon waiting on tire repair or replace. $75 if there is a valve stem gone bad and $675 if we have to replace the tire. Let’s hope for the valve stem.
We just sat around outside this afternoon visiting with various people in the park. There is a Good Sam’s group from Alabama here and they are just as friendly as you’d think Alabamians would be. In fact they invited us to a rally next month. Jerry has visited a lot with a snowbirder from Michigan and they traded RV stories.

The tire repair man finally came just before 3:00 and by the time he finished we decided that it was just too late to start out so it looks like another night in Georgia! The park has bingo on Tuesday nights and the last time we were here Jerry won $26 so maybe we’ll head over there tonight.

It will be an early night though as we will be pulling out as early as possible. The car is already on the tow dolly so in the morning as I am battening down the inside Jerry will be outside disconnecting the tanks and we’ll be on the way to North Carolina.

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Last Day in Perry – I think!

Since our air conditioner could not get to Perry until today we extended our visit for one day. Jerry talked with the repair man this afternoon and he said that he had received a message that it was on the UPS truck and would be delivered today. He’s supposed to come in the morning and said it should take a couple of hours. Hopefully everything will work out and we’ll be on the road to ??? Not sure. It’s about 450 miles to Raleigh so we don’t know if we’ll make that in one day or not. Since we’ll probably get a late start we may need to stop on the way so we’ll see. We may end up not even going to the horse show since we have to be in Kinston on Thursday. It just gets really involved!

I am really glad that we got to stay an extra day though because we were both exhausted. I want to remember this for future trips. Today was spent getting rid of all of the pollen that accumulated while we had the windows opened. You could write your name in yellow most anywhere in the rig. I got to try out the new microfiber cloths we got and yes, they work wonderfully.
Jerry put up the new flag pole and also reattached the FMCA sign using the brackets he got at the FMCA booth. It looks good.

I walked down to the office to ask about late departure tomorrow and they said to just let them know when we found out what we were doing. I can’t say enough about the campground, Fair Harbor. It is a great place to stay. I just wish we had been able to see more of Perry as it appears to be a fascinating town. Other than our two eating out ventures we went back and forth to the fairgrounds only! I know that path well!

We took a walk around the park this afternoon and then sat outside and chatted for a while. I came in and fixed the spaghetti using my new spaghetti cooker for the microwave. It only takes 7 minutes and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen plus you can drain it from the dish meaning that you don’t have to get out the colander. I think I’m going to like it as it does make things easier.

A quiet night as we are both still a bit tired. We’re planning to go up early tomorrow and as the repair man is working on the air conditioner we’ll be packing up to hit the road.

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The Last Day of FMCA in Perry

What a great day. We got an early start again but this time it was to attend church on the fairgrounds. It was such a great service. The FMCA Chaplain, George Archer began the service with congregational singing with his wife playing the keyboard. They both did a grand job. Following that The Singing Auctioneer sang two beautiful songs and then Mr. Archer gave the sermon about what our purpose in life is. The scripture was from Ephesians 3. Two things he said stuck in my mind. One, “Keep me in Your Will Jesus so I won’t be in Your way” and two, “You are the glove that Jesus fits into.” What a way to end a great week.

Jerry and I had some shopping to do today so off we went to the exhibits. He bought a TPMS from TechnoRV. He had looked at other vendors but decided on buying from Eric mainly because of the support we have received on the Wi-Fi booster. When Jerry was at the Almost Heaven seminar they had thrown out a small rubber chicken and Jerry caught it. If he wore it all week he could get a free micro fiber drying towel. Well, he got some strange glances but he wore it the entire time so we went to pick that up. I bought four of the cleaning cloths and am hoping to use them tomorrow. Having the windows open with all of the pollen around means a cleaning job ahead. I wanted a couple of things from Tupperware so we headed over there to get those. While in that exhibition hall we relaxed in the massage chairs selling for about $3000.00. It would be nice if we could afford one because they were great!

While walking around Jerry saw a flag pole that he liked. He has been looking for one for a while but had not found one he liked until this one but we decided to pass on it.

We went back to the coach to get a quick lunch and then headed back to the fairgrounds. After having attended the session on the Velcro we wanted to get some of that. At $7 we thought we had a bargain.

I asked Jerry if he wanted the flag pole for his birthday gift. I’ve already gotten him a little something but was planning to get something else and this fit the bill. He said he thought that would be perfect so we went back over to the hall and bought that.

We were planning to attend the Eastern Region meeting for FMCA at 3:00 and we had plenty of time so we went back over to look at the new motor homes. We went in Entegras, American Tradition and Tiffin. While I saw floor plans that I liked maybe a little better than ours they were all diesel and unless I change my mind or win the lottery (which will be difficult having never bought a ticket) I will stick with our gas engine.

The meeting for the Eastern Region was interesting and we learned more about FMCA. They announced a rally that is going to be held in West Virginia in October the same week-end State has a home game against Notre Dame. What do you think our changes of attending the rally are? After the rally a guy from the Carolina Pelicans came over and told us about his group. Although it is basically a South Carolina group they do have some members from North Carolina. They were extremely friendly and even invited us over to a social at 5:00.

We came by to the RV and put on some warmer clothes (it’s a bit chilly in Georgia tonight – down to 39), grabbed a couple of chairs and something to drink and headed back out to the fairgrounds to the social. I think my car could drive that route automatically! What a nice group of people. We met many new friendly people, had a good meal and joined the group! It only cost $12. They will be sending us additional information. Some of the folks were leaving Perry and going to Hilton Head for the week. The next rally will be at St. James Island in Charleston, SC the first week-end in June. I asked Jerry if he wanted to go and he said it didn’t matter. Actually I think all of the sites are taken so there won’t be any room but I think it would be fun to go.

I have always heard that if you didn’t like the weather in North Carolina to just wait because it would change. Well, we found out that was true in Louisiana and guess what, it’s true in Georgia as well. Last week when we arrived it was HOT. We were trying to get set up and the air conditioner was not working and we were dying. Today was breezy and cool, cooler, and cold. I changed clothes three times dressing a little warmer each time. In fact we came back to the campground after the Carolina Pelicans social and got some coffee and then you’re right – we headed back to the fairgrounds to hear Pamela G and Jackie B., the Sweethearts of Mountain View, Arkansas.

They were absolutely fantastic singing different genres of music. At one point we even got up and danced to one of their songs. They ended with a set of gospel songs and then the last song was a tribute to the different branches of service with a finale of God Bless America. What a way to end a convention. Church in the morning and then these ladies at night.

It has been a great convention and as “first timers” we are surely hoping we’ll be able to attend more. Next year it will be in Indianapolis and then in 2018 back in Perry.

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Another Busy Day in Perry at FMCA Reunion

Another early start as Jerry had the conclusion of his driving class. I decided to go to a seminar entitled “Women and RV’s”. I’m not quite sure what I expected but it wasn’t what I got although it turned out to be very interesting. The initial question was “what are you going to do when something happens to your spouse?” Wow – I hadn’t really thought about that. We’ve just been worried about getting home in case something happened to someone at home. The presenter Fran Marynik along with her husband Ed said they didn’t want women to be scrambling and having people take advantage of them in case something life changing did occur. Their main suggestion was to have a plan. Fortunately since everyone there was a member of FMCA we have the advantage of being able to call them and they will assist with arrangements even to get a driver to take you or you and/or your coach home.

She urged everyone to know the vital statistics of their coach: Make, model and year, Chassis, Engine and the length, width and weight of your coach. Additionally you should know who to call if you should experience any trouble with any of those items along with jacks, housing, transmission, etc.

An app that was recommended was glimpse which is a locator. It can send a link of a google map to others to let them know where you are. This is especially helpful to those traveling alone. Leaving a television on at night when you’re away makes it appear that someone is home and some even put men’s shoes outside the door to indicate there is a man at home.

We have heard many times this week about the things that should be regularly checked like air pressure in the tires, oil, water in the batteries, etc. Safe places to overnight in lieu of campgrounds are hospital parking lots and church parking lots. When parking do not park so that the door is next to the curb because that hides your entrance or exit from others who may be around and presents an opportunity for something to happen.

The next seminar was about cooking for two in an RV. The feisty 82 year Tupperware saleslady had numerous recipes and ideas and soldiered on despite a number of technical difficulties. I definitely will be trying some of her suggestions and the first one will be a quiche in the microwave.

I joined Jerry in the next seminar about using Velcro in the RV. This Velcro is high temp acrylic and can be used to hang pictures, secure hoses, secure things kept on the counter tops plus many other uses. After the initial application it has to cure for 24 hours before using. I suggested to Jerry that we could possibly use it to secure the Garmin that I use as it falls off of the counter quite frequently as we travel.

After the seminar we came back to the coach for a quick lunch and then back to the fairgrounds intending to look at the new Newmars. We saw a tram so Jerry suggested we get on. Well, the trams are for the people staying on the grounds so instead of going to the new coach section we rode around the camping area. There are about 2400 units out there! Amazing!

We talked with the representatives about the possibility of having lights added to our awning and how it could be done. Not sure if we’ll be purchasing them at this point as we are probably going to buy a TPMS and that will blow the budget for the trip! We also wandered through some of their new coaches and they are nice and then on our way to the next seminar we went in a Phaeton. Wow, just wow. Lesson learned here – if you are happy with your coach don’t go looking at new ones. I really am happy with our coach and I am not interested in a diesel.

Jerry went to a seminar on tires and I went to hear Mac the Fire Guy. The top four reasons for RV fires are diesel engines, Norcold refrigerators, wiring under the dash and tires. Gas coaches are the safest. He said that if you hit the rumble strip when driving you should always check your tires on your next stop to see if any damage has been done. He talked about fire extinguishers and CO alarms. He recommended the Atwood CO alarm and said to have the tallest person in the rig put the alarms at his level. It is safer to sleep in the bedroom with the door to the main part of the coach closed.

We drug our tired bodies back to the coach for a brief rest before heading back over for a get together with Jan, Jim and their group from the Atlanta area. We met two new couples and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them.
Before heading over to the concert we raced back to the motor home to put up the awning and the chairs as it looked like we might have a storm (we didn’t).

We finished up the night with a concert with Mark Chestnutt, Lori Morgan and Joe Diffie. Thought I don’t know much about country music I enjoyed the concert.

Back to the coach and ready for bed. Church in the morning at 8:00. Man, these 8:00 mornings are killing us!

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Day Two at FMCA Reunion in Perry

Jerry had an 8:00 session this morning, actually the first part of a two day session called RV Driving Safety Program. Once he completes the session tomorrow he will be presented a certificate that he can present to our insurance agent and our insurance should go down. Good deal! Since I also wanted to attend an 8:00 session we were up and out early. They have a devotional each morning at 7::00 but we haven’t been able to make that yet.

My session was called The Intentional Traveler and the presenter was Pam Johnson. A former engineer and programmer she has written a program to consolidate planning tools and records to include maintenance records as well. She is beta testing an online version and asked for volunteers so I gave her my name and information. The only requirement to be a tester is to make at least one entry a month on the application. It was very informative although a lot of what was covered were things I was already familiar with. Relative to trips she said one of the most important things was to do research ahead of time and to make notes about each destination. One tip I got was to take each of the very many brochures that we get when we stop at a Visitor’s Center and to write down a few facts about that particular site. Then throw the brochure away because you can only keep so much in the motor home. I am certainly going to try to do this in the future and hopefully can eventually get caught up on our vast collection and try to minimize the number of papers we have.

She gave the analogy of filling about a 1/3 of a jar with sand and then finish filling it up with rocks. How many rocks can you put in? Then she suggested putting the rocks in first and then adding sand. You naturally can put more rocks in even using the same amount of sand. That is how our trips should be planned. Determined the big rocks first and then plan around them.
She recommended several apps most of which I already have but one good tip was to use the satellite view on the Allstays app. I’ve never done that but will certainly use it in the future. Although we try to abide by the 330 rule, either driving no more than 330 miles or stopping by 3:30 she suggested that the 230 rule be used. Always allow time for an oops, a campground you really don’t want to stay at, or getting lost, or any number of reasons. She also recommended getting a Big Rig Atlas. We have an atlas but will try to get the one for big rigs as it has very pertinent information for us.

My next session was Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda by Camco out of North Carolina. The speaker was very entertaining and told relevant stories as he gave a great many tips. Yes, he was selling a product but that was not the focus of his presentation. One thing he suggested that everyone have is a Volt Alert by Fluke which can be purchased at Harbor Freight. This determines the line voltage and can prevent someone being shocked by touching the motor home. Another tool he recommended was an infrared thermometer. Just by touching the tire you can test the heat in the tires and then determine if additional air is necessary.

Whenever selecting any kind of tank treatment be sure that it contains coconut oil as that lubricates. All in all it was a very informative session. An additional tip he told us was to use hornet spray to fight off bears! Hopefully that’s a tip I won’t have to use!

The last session I went to was on inside cleaning. It too was a vendor but the cleaning products she used were household products, e.g. white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Her company is Almost Heaven Microfiber and although she strongly recommended using her towels she also gave out a booklet with all of her cleaning tips in them. I am definitely going to try some of them very soon.

Jerry and I met and walked around some of the exhibits and then decided to return to the campground for lunch. We were back at the fairgrounds by 2:00 and he didn’t have a seminar until 3:00 so we went over to talk with the TechnoRV folks about the tire monitoring pressuring system, TPMS. We are very interested in buying one but want to make sure that we get the right one.

Jerry went to his seminar and I went to the other exhibition building and ended up buying a couple of things. In the seminar I went to yesterday the lady demonstrated some dishes that could be used in the microwave to boil eggs and cook pasta. Since we do both of those things often I decided to get those two dishes. Using those in the coach prevents the “kitchen” from heating up.

I met Jerry a little after four and we tried to find some other TPMS dealers but the vendors were closing at 4:00 so we weren’t able to see any.

Then we went to a meeting of Coaches for Christ, a national organization of Christians who are RVers. It was very uplifting to see believers together in a national meeting. The “Singing Auctioneer” sang and he is quite good. There will be a church service on Sunday morning and he will be singing then.
We came on back to the coach and I finally fixed dinner. It was nice to have a good home cooked meal.

After we cleaned up the kitchen we headed back to the fairgrounds for the opening ceremony which was impressive. A young girl whose family full times gave the invocation and then we said the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang both the Canadian National Anthem and our National Anthem. Very nice!
Next we were entertained by a comedian, Lee Marvin Adams. At our last rally (and only other one) we were “entertained” by a not very funny comedian but Mr. Adams had us all rolling with laughter.

Just before he concluded I got a phone call from Caroline and it frightened me as she generally doesn’t call me. I immediately got a text from Trent saying that Eva was trying to call me to tell me she lost her first tooth. I couldn’t return the call then but as soon as we got out and away from everyone I facetimed her and saw that precious snaggle toothed munchkin. Oh my, she’s growing up so fast.

Back to the coach and to bed. Another 8:00 morning coming up!

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Find Your Pot of Gold! in Perry, Georgia

Today was the first day of the FMCA Family Reunion and it was a very full day. We had already picked up our registration materials so we kind of had an idea of where we were heading. Jerry’s first session was on Maj Jong! Apparently he learned a lot because it lasted a pretty long time. I headed over to Chris and Jim Guild’s session on Technology for Travelers: Pictures Maps, Movies, and Blogs. Although I had heard some of the things before of course there was more to learn. Today’s class just touched on some of the subjects they will be covering in more depth during the week-end. I really want to play with making a Google map but I surely won’t have any time for that in the next few days.

After our sessions Jerry headed over to a session on how to detail your coach in an hour. He said he learned some very valuable tips and encouraged me to attend a later session on cleaning the inside. I had already planned to go.

We walked over to see the new coach demonstration but actually ended up going to the Newmar section and talking with Matt, the head of customer service for quite a while. We were in a Canyon Star and another guy, Clarence, came in and he too had a Canyon Star so there was quite a lot of idea exchanging. I think Jerry got some good tips.

I left him there and headed to the session on Microwave/Convection Cooking. One of the most relevant things I learned was that everyone else’s convection can preheat in under five minutes. It takes ours forever so I’m guessing something might be wrong there. Oh well.

After the sessions we came back to the coach and sat outside and rested a bit before heading back over to join Jan, Jim and their FMCA group for potluck dinner. What a nice group of people. They’re getting together again on Saturday and asked us to join them again.

After a quick run to the grocery store we came back to a fairly cool coach considering we’ve only got one air conditioner going. It has been cooler today though plus most of the time it’s been overcast so that has helped keep the temp down. Tomorrow is supposed to be even cooler. Let’s hope! All in all so far the weather has been great for a rally.

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A Day in Perry

Since our air conditioner is not working we sort of planned our day around the technician coming to work on it. Jerry called around 10:30 and he was on his way over so we just waited for him. Surprisingly enough the coach had not gotten so terribly hot especially with the back air conditioner running. In fact I got a bit cool last night.

George, the technician came and checked out everything up on the roof and then came down and told us that our extended warranty would not cover it. I think he enjoyed the looks on our faces because he hesitated just a bit before he added that the air conditioner had a two year warranty so Dometic would cover it. Whew! The problem was though that it would take 8-10 days for a new unit to get to Perry. Since we have been in contact with Newmar so much recently Jerry called and after talking with the representative a few minutes he just gave George the phone and the two guys worked it out. They conferenced call with Dometic who is going to send a unit to Newmar but Newmar is going to go on and send one of theirs out immediately. It will still take at least four business days to get here so we will be extending our visit at least one day.

We mentioned to them the stuff that Camping World had spilled all over the side of our coach and as of yet Jerry had been unsuccessful in removing it. They suggested using WD40. Jerry tried some after they left and it worked!

We walked up to the office then to see if there would be any problem with us extending our stay. The park is so full now with many people attending the rally but also other snowbirders traveling through. They assured us that it would not be a problem and we told them we’d let them know as soon as we knew anything.

As we were walking around we met a group of FMCAer’s from Virginia and stopped and chatted with them for a while. We all had our Camping World war stories it seems.

We came back to the coach and grabbed our lunch, Cliff bars and a clementine for me. Then strangely enough we went to Camping World in Byron to get a bar for the door and a cover for the steps. A quick run to the grocery store and then we headed back to the campground to take everything in.

We had a meeting at 3:00 for the first attenders for the rally so we headed over to the fairgrounds for that. It really pertained more to the people staying on the grounds and then they covered the book. Hopefully the sessions will be an improvement.

When we came back to the campground we sat outside and read. Our neighbors came over and we visited with them for a few minutes. I realized when I went inside that cooking in the coach would be difficult so we decided to go out to eat. I sent a message to Jan and Jim and we met them at Longhorns for salads. We had another lovely visit with them discussing everything from RV’s to education.

Back to the rig and a quiet night. It’s cool in the bedroom and fortunately so I’m headed that way!

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Arriving in Perry, Georgia

Jerry got up so very quietly this morning that I never even heard him close the door. He turned the heat on – yes we go from AC to heat and back to AC within a few hours. I slept until 8:00 and then slowly got going. Other than getting myself ready I really didn’t help break down at all.

We pulled the coach out into the empty lane and then I drove the car up on the ramp and then realized that we had traffic backed up both ways. Oh well. Who knew there would be that much traffic at 10:00?

We stopped at the trash receptacle and darn if the vehicle behind us didn’t stop too. I really don’t like to leave as hastily as I felt we were very rushed and didn’t have time to go through our check off list. We did stop though and check everything off and then headed on to Perry with a stop for gas along the way.

We also stopped at a Flying J for a McDonald’s quick lunch for Jerry and then arrived at Fair Harbor around 3:00. It is definitely warmer here than in North Carolina and by the time we got everything set up we were both soaking wet. Can’t believe that I couldn’t find even one pair of shorts to bring!

After getting set up we realized that the front air conditioner was not cooling. The back fortunately is working fine but the front is to say the least hot! Jerry has called a technician who will come out tomorrow. In the meantime I found all of our paperwork and we called Good Sam who we have our extended warranty with. Hopefully that will work out!

I also realized that the check for our homeowners insurance at the river had not cleared and the due date was past so I had to work on that situation. Even when traveling home business has to be taken care of.

We caught up with friends that we met at the Gathering in Bradenton, Fla last October and met them for dinner at Swanson’s Restaurant. It is a lovely restaurant right in downtown Perry and the food was delicious. It was so much fun to catch up with Jan and Jim.

Back to the rig and surprisingly so it’s pretty cool in here. I’m sure it’ll heat up tomorrow.

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An Easy Couple of Days

After two pretty exhausting days we collapsed Saturday night. Knowing we were going to lose an hour of sleep did not appeal to us at all so we turned in fairly early. I had one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a while – perhaps I need to work a little harder during the day!

According to the new time we slept until 9:30 or 8:30 old time. I don’t even remember when I’ve slept that long, maybe when I had the flu! It was an overcast day so we just took it slow. We couldn’t get to church and since we couldn’t get the cable working we had no TV church so we took care of things that needed attention around the RV.

In the early afternoon we rode over to David and Jane’s to see them and the grands. Jane was at school trying to get lesson plans done for when she’s going to be out for Baby Olivia’s birth. On a side note, for all of you non-teachers out there, Jane will have six weeks of unpaid sick leave after her surgery however she still has to spend hours now preparing lesson plans for the substitute who will fill in for her. Doesn’t something seem wrong with that picture? After all as I was once told, teachers get off at 3:00 and if you believe that one I’ve got some prime land for sell!

Back to the day – David asked Jerry to go to Lowe’s with him so I got to spend a little just GiGi time with Emma and Eli – precious time. We left about 5:30 as they had to get ready for school on Monday and we were planning to leave on Monday morning.

We slept in again Monday morning this time getting up around 8:00 still much later than we usually do. We pulled out of Tanglewood heading for Twin Lake Corps of Engineer Campground in Pendleton, SC about 200 miles from Clemmons and 200 miles from Perry, Ga.

We arrived just before 2:00 and it is absolutely everything people say a COE is. We have an absolutely lovely site right on the water and the day is beautiful although a little breezy. It’s not quite as warm as I thought but still a beautiful day and if the weather holds it will be a grand day for walking around this lovely place. Oh, by the way, with our America the Beautiful pass our site is costing us $13 a night. Not bad!

Twin LakesIn thirty minutes we were set up and after Jerry completed a phone call with Newmar advising them of the current situation Jerry fixed a pot of coffee and with coffee cups in hand we went on a brief walk around the grounds. It really is a lovely place and as far as we saw all sites are on the water. When we came back we sat outside for just a brief while but the wind was just too strong for me and I decided to go in. Jerry followed and we read for a while. I had put spare ribs in the crock pot when we arrived so they were cooking away. I had the potatoes peeled for potato salad so I completed the dinner preparations and we had a good meal. I feel like I haven’t cooked in the RV for a while because we did so much eating out on our Louisiana trip. Sunday night we just had a salad and a baked potato but tonight I cooked! Spare ribs, potato salad and fresh (from my freezer) peas.

We cleaned up the table and put the dishes in the sink quickly so we could get a walk in before dark. There was even a possibility of finally having a campfire. As we began our walk we met a couple from Huntersville, NC and chatted briefly. Unfortunately before we got back to the coach it began to sprinkle so that ended our walk and our hopes of a campfire.

Although there was very little tree cover we still couldn’t get the dish to see a satellite so we were dependent on local programming. Actually we just had another quiet night with no TV. In a way that is good – we’re missing all of the current politics. Jerry turned in about 10:00 and I was already in bed but couldn’t go to sleep. I think it was after 12:00 before I finally dropped off but it was not a good sleeping night. I woke up in the middle of the night and was amazed at how quiet it was, not a sound to be heard.