Road Trip #9, Part 7 – Daytona to Parrish

I guess I’ve kept everyone in suspense for long enough.  Some of it wasn’t intentional as I was confined to the hospital.  The last hospital visit in March of this year (2017) was the most beneficial and my breathing has improved immensely.  Anyway, here’s the conclusion of Road Trip #9.

She said “that grinding noise.”  I listened carefully and although I didn’t want to hear a noise, YES I could hear a grinding noise when I applied gas.  So……. We found a place to pull off, and made reservations for one night at the Speedway KOA in Daytona, called AAA RV Plus again and had the truck taken to a repair shop.

The diagnosis on the truck was the straw that broke our back:  At some point the left rear wheel seal failed, our axle grease leaked out and we burned up the differential.  Repair was going to be exxxx-pen-sive and would take about 2 weeks.  The replacement “chunk” would have to come from California and we had no choice but to get the truck repaired in order to get home.

With the camper set up at the KOA we rented a car and waited for the truck to be repaired.  This is when we got into trouble.  To prevent boredom from settling in and to sightsee an area we had never been to we drove around Daytona.

Back at the trailer we decided that the truck was too old (20 years) and had too many miles (141,000); and the driver and navigator were also in the same condition as the truck.  We discussed the pros and cons of trading in our year and a half old 2016 travel trailer for a 2017, Class C Motorhome.  This will surely make our setups and teardowns a lot easier, and Barb will be able to share the driving with me.  The Pros won.  Done deal!!  La Mesa RV has a sales lot a couple of miles from the KOA and we visited the lot and looked at some motorhomes.  We found a Thor 2017, 32 foot Class C motorhome that we fell in love with. With 46 years of RV experience and NINE prior units we decided to make the step up to our first motorhome.  On November 11, we made the trade and finally on November 16 we made the trip across the state to Parrish and Home with our new motorhome and brought Road Trip #9 to a close.

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Our original 45 night trip turned out to be 83 nights, of which 40 were spent at 13 different KOAs and we covered 5700 miles by the time it was all over.  We learned that we’re not getting any younger and to continue our traveling life style, we had to make things easier.  Barb says she wishes we had traded to a motorhome a couple of years ago.

Now it’s time to lay back a little bit with the exception of a short Christmas Road Trip (#10)and a stack of Doctor Appointment cards that will keep us busy until March.  Then more Livin’ the Dream” with George & Barb”, but shorter trips.

Stay tuned for future Road Trips

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Week 20, Theme 27 – Memories

The current camping trip we are on is Roadtrip #8, The Reunion Tour.  We have visited with friends we haven’t seen in from 18 to 55 years.  And as my college roommate said, “At this rate, we won’t see each other for another 54 years and 11 months”.  During these visits, lots and lots of “Memories”  were talked about. Also with these visits, more “Memories”  were made.  Here are just a few pictures taken during the trip.

Arnie Petrus, my college “roomie” at Western Kentucky University in 1961.

Nolan and Sandra Oakes.  Nolan and I served aboard the USS Mount Baker (AE4) in the Western Pacific in 1967.

Weeks 18 and 19, Theme 30 – Mouthwatering and Theme 26 – Mealtime

In thinking out this post, I felt I had two options:  Spread it out over two weeks as the challenge is designed or think a little outside the box and post two weeks challenges in one week.  Being an imaginative kind of guy, I opted to combine.  A couple of nights ago, we were camped in West Point, Georgia at R Shaefer Heard Campground and the weather was cooperative for us to grill, so we had grilled pork chops, twice baked potatoes and creamed onions.  Mealtime”  was certainly Mouthwatering”.

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Week 17, Theme 22 – Laundry

One fact of life is that clothes get dirty, and one necessary evil is that when you’re on the road for a long period of time, you will eventually run out of clean clothes. So, to remedy this problem you must do “Laundry”.  Not all campgrounds are equipped with a laundromat or laundry facilities.  Some RVs, Campers, and trailers are equipped with a stackable washer/dryer combination.  Not ours.  This stop was one of those “Laundry”  stops.  Here’s Barb loading up the washing machine and getting ready to pay it to wash our clothes.  While in Little Rock, one of our close friends let us use their washer and dryer.  Hopefully we’ll be good until we get home.

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Week 16, Theme 40 – Rusty

As we were heading out on Pinnacle Valley road to the campground we’re staying at this week, we came across this statue of a bird dog at someone’s house.  When I spotted the dog I said my gosh, this dog’s name must be “Rusty”  based on its “Rusty”  condition.  It’s a rather unique sculpture of a Labrador Retriever with a bird at his feet and not a drop of paint on it.  Very appropriate for theme 40.

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Week 15, Theme 17 – Gate

The last time we were in Savannah I was unsuccessful in capturing a useable image of the infamous Bonaventure Cemetery Gate”.  Better luck this trip and a couple of weeks ago while we were in Savannah for a few days I was successful.  This cemetery is well-known as the final resting place of many of Savannah’s rich and famous including songwriter Johnny Mercer.  Those familiar with the book “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil” will also find the grave of Danny Hansford here.

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Week 14, Theme 13 – Downtown in B & W

While in Asheville, NC this past week, we took a trolley tour of the city.  During the tour, the driver pointed out something a little quirky about two adjoining buildings.  The two buildings were built at the exact same time.  They were designed by two different architects and built by two different contractors.  Only the building on the corner, the 13 story Jackson Building,  Asheville’s first skyscraper, was built with stairs and elevators. The adjoining and shorter 8 story Westall Building was built without these conveniences. Instead there is an open archway on each floor connecting the two buildings so that the occupants of the Westall Building can share the stairs or elevators of the Jackson Building to gain access to their offices.

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