Thursday, June 27, 2013

We’re Up And Running

We did a long haul all the way from the KOA Jonestown, Pennsylvania to the Topsham Fairgrounds, Maine.  It was a little over nine hours.  The main reason we decided to “do it” in one fall swoop was because it was only one o’clock when we arrived at our Connecticut destination.  Add three and a half hours and we wouldn’t have to get up for another travel day.  Plus it would give us a little more time to repair the broken leveling jack.

Upon our arrival at the Fairgrounds, Paul and Linda Odom made their way over to greet us.  Paul and Linda were our neighbors in the ERPU lots at Rainbow Plantation and are currently staying at the fairgrounds.  We’ve managed to “bump” into them several times over the past few years – Once at Raccoon Valley in Tennessee, Once at Shipshewana in Indiana, as well “at home” in Summerdale, Alabama.  After finding a level area to park without unhitching, Mike and Peggy showed up to chauffeur and treat us to a fine scallop dinner at Len’s in Brunswick.  Paul and Linda joined in with us.  It was a great meal with great company – thanks guys for a wonderful travel day meal.

This morning I removed the leveling jack from the rig.  Mike showed up and escorted me and the jack to Mikee’s Lube Change, RV Repair, Shed Construction, and Custom Machine Shop.  The problem was a broken pin.  Because of the location of the pin in the jack, I don’t think it had anything to do with pushing the rig backwards on the jacks.  Mike and I had to do considerable work to get the pin out of the shaft, but the repairs are made and the front of the coach will go up and down again – we’re up and running.  If you’re going to live this fulltime lifestyle, you’d better get adept at making on the road repairs.  It always helps to have friends who have mechanical abilities, lots and lots of tools, and a shop strategically located along the way.

Judy and I treated Mike and Peggy to a shrimp scampi pizza lunch at the Cabin Pizza in Bath, Maine.  This is a pizza made with a white garlic sauce, mozzarella cheese, and topped with shrimp.  The pizza, along with a couple of Sam Adams, is nothing short of one scrumptious meal.  We returned to Mike and Peggy’s for a couple hours of visiting before saying “see ya in a couple of weeks”.   We’ll be back in Topsham sometime around the middle of July.

The weather dude is calling for some nasty weather for tomorrow.  It’s only about an hour and a half from here to Belfast, but that will mean taking down and setting up camp in pouring rain.  We may end up staying put right here for another day – only time will tell.  So tune back in to see when we set up camp in our Belfast digs.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (I Thessalonians 5:28)

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