Slide Gets Fixed Wednesday 5-22-19

Took motorhome into shop at 9:30 AM.

Parked in second stall

They were working on a large black Prevost motorhome

Took a drive to Muscatine, IA to kill time. Very interesting city on Mississippi River. HON office furniture is made there

Drove back through Wilton. Stopped at I-80 Welcome Center. There is an interesting sculpture there

Stopped at HWH to check on progress. Mechanic wasn’t around.

Drove 18 miles west on I-80 to West Branch, IA to eat and see Herbert Hoover’s birth place.

Herbert’s home is a National Park. Nice visitor center.

His home was very small

It was right next to his father’s blacksmith shop

We are at the Main Street Sweets on the main street

I had a hot dog

And Yogurt

While I was eating, Ashley called and said everything was finished.

They had to replace a solenoid valve, a jack the broken threaded rod and synchronize the slide. Just over $600.

Hooked up and took off at 3:30 PM

Retraced our route down

Stopped at Waterloo Flying J for gas and then stopped for the night at Waverly, IA Walmart for the night

Ate dinner at Applebee’s next to Walmart. Had 2 for $22 steaks and $1 Margarita

Owatonna to Moscow Tuesday 5-31-19

Left Owatonna at 8:20 AM. Headed down I-35 to Iowa Welcome Center. Planned route with person at desk. I-35 to IA-27 to I-380 to I-80

Iowa Welcome Center

Stopped at Waterloo Flying J for gas

$2.53/gal and 5 cent Rewards Card Discount

Drove on through strong wind and heavy rain.

Got to HWH at 4:00 PM. Parked on west side of main building

Went to Tipton, IA Walmart 11 miles north on IA-38. Got frozen lasagna, water and ROKU Stick.

Cathy made lasagna in convection oven and I made salad.

Watched DirecTV for last time. Our subscription ends today.

Home Friday 4-5-19

Lots of fog this morning. Got up at 6:30AM. It was extremely foggy and 39F. Went into Flying J and got coffee. Started the Equinox. Finally fog lifted enough to drive at 8:45AM.

Started seeing snow in the ditches 20 mi north of Sioux Falls.

Stopped at Watertown for Cappuccino

Drove on up I-29 with the help of my co-pilots

North Dakota greeted us with nasty weather

After 319 mi we arrived at the house in Buxton

Unhooked the Equinox and parked the Adventurer. The jacks wouldn’t go down. The rear slide did go out. The living room slide stayed in the motorhome the whole way.

Joy and I went over to Larry’s. Princess was staying in Grand Forks. Kitty Cat was very sociable. Joy slept while Larry & I watched TV

Finished off my Denny’s dinner from last night.

Sioux Falls Thursday 4-4-19

Rained all night. The overnight low was 47F. Overcast, but not raining when we got up. As we went north it got sunnier and warmer.

Walked Joy and ate breakfast at Braum’s. Cathy had a breakfast sandwich and I had biscuits and gravy.

I checked out the truck transports next to us

Headed north on I-35.

Had several toll stops.

Had to get some gas at Oceola, NB at Casey’s


So didn’t fill

Drove through Kansas and Nebraska on US-81 and into South Dakota at Yankton and on to I-90. There was a terrible wet fog on I-90, all the way to Sioux Falls.

Stopped at Flying J in Sioux Falls to fill with gas

Cheaper than Oceola

Filled up

Parked for the night

Went in to Denny’s for something to eat

Cathy had breakfast

I had a Fry Pan Dinner

Watched Las Vegas Flip or Flop

Almost Kansas Wednesday 4-3-19

Overcast and windy morning. Only got down to 51F overnight. 63F today in Sunset.

Made coffee and before I toasted a bagel, Carroll showed up with the Gator. He helped me dump tanks and fill water

Put everything away ready to leave. Played ball with Joy. Went down to house to say goof-bye.

Carroll opened the gate for us and we left at 1:45PM

Went out on CR 2898

It’s a beautiful drive to US-287. Took US-287 to Wichita Falls. Wanted to stop at Wichita Falls Flying-J, but couldn’t see how to get to it. Took I-44 to Oklahoma City. Stopped at Flying J and got gas

7 mpg on last tank

And propane

19 gal of propane at $3.29/gal

Took I-35 to Blackwell exit. Parked overnight at Braum’s.

Went in to eat

I had chili and Cathy a large cone

Will get at least one more meal from the chili

Watched Hart to Hart

Slide is In Tuesday 4-2-19

Bright sunny morning. Overnight low of 40F and high of 77F.

Just had coffee and cookies this morning. Got RV ready for slide work. Mobile RV Mechanic showed up at 10:30AM. He brought a helper named James who is an oil field mechanic.

Motor went in easily. When we tried retracting the slide, only the front would come in. Called and texted HWH, the manufacturer. Got a text response. After several hours, it is I think, road worthy. The slide is strapped in place, but did creep out about 1″.

Finished about 5:30PM.

Decided to get take out at Burger King, only a few miles away

Had Whoppers and Chicken Jr sandwiches

Passed oil wells on way back

And another

View of Carroll and Roxanne’s Justice Ranch from entrance

And Neighbor

Finished day getting ready to leave tomorrow.

Three years ago we were in Boulder CO at Kathryn and Erik’s wedding.

Motor is delivered 4-1-19

Overcast this morning. Overnight low of 35F and 59F high today. Mostly sunny by 9:00AM.

I have come down with what the others have.

Stayed in bed a little longer. Watched Fox News.

Got up and made coffee and toasted bagel.

At 10:35AM the UPS truck came down the drive to the motorhome

and dropped off box

I verified the contents

Laid down and watched Home Improvement

Went to Bowie. Stopped at Tractor Supply

for Science Diet for Joy

Cathy talked for some time to another customer. She had been sent to Bismarck for 2 weeks in February from Denver by Qwest.

Stopped at Walmart for Chinese food for dinner

Also picked up a bottle of Apothic Dark

Went back to motorhome and played ball with Joy

At 5:30PM Cathy drove to the house to start dinner. Joy and I walked down at 6:00PM.

We had Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Egg Rolls and Friend Rice

And Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Went back to motorhome, laid down and watched Fox News.

Down to 35F Sunday 3-31-19

Cool and sunny day, with very little wind. Low was 35F and high today 58F.

Watched Fox News

Made coffee and toasted the 4 for a dollar Cinnamon Raisin bagel.

Watched NASCAR Today on DirecTV. Couldn’t get the Fort Worth Fox station OTA. Set up an Amazon FireStick and downloaded the Fox Now App. Got it installed just in time for race start. Jimmy Johnson was the pole sitter. Best he has done in 2 years. Joey Logano won Stage 1, Denny Hamlin won Stage 2 and the race.

Joy and I played ball for awhile.

Went down to the house for fajitas. Deer came while we were eating. Joy and Cathy went out to watch

Watched the end of Duke vs. Michigan State game. Michigan State won 68 to 67.

Dumped garbage and filled drinking water jugs.

Watched Matlock and Bob Newhart.

Cold Day Saturday 3-30-19

Woke to an overcast and windy day. Over night low of 60F was also the high for the day. Sun peeked out a little at 3:00PM. Supposed to get down to 33F tonight. Tomorrow is supposed to be about the same as today.

La Llave coffee and last David’s bagel for breakfast. Dollar Tree $1 bagel tomorrow.

Watched Fox News and NASCAR Today

When I took Joy for a walk, she went looking for the Turtle.

Watched the NASCAR Xfinity race from Fort Worth. During the Stage 1 Caution, Joy and I played ball. Kyle Busch had a lot of competition, but took the lead with a quick pit stop during a Caution with 6 laps to go. His 95th Xfinity win and his 203rd overall NASCAR win. After winning the truck race yesterday he is 2/3 of the way to a weekend sweep.

Had Ramen Noodles for dinner.

Watched Peter Gunn, Perry Mason, Matlock and Bob Newhart.