At Escapees

Well finally here! The Escapees park was not what was expected but it is nice. People are friendly and helpful some Still, slightly disappointed as we expected more from the Escapees. Now is time to fix things and rest.

Got a rental to run around in for a week. Cleaned up RV and such. Now to find a place to fix the cab air conditioning and the step. This may be a task in itself and we may wind up going to Iowa again if we have no luck. Then we have to weigh it, get a safety inspection and register. Then we get our drivers license. Now we are planning where to go next.

Made it to Texas so far

We beat the rain here and the weather is hot- 88 so far. Held class and then got to set up. Berny had done most of it by the time I was done with class. One more day and then at Livingston, TX. Still, no air conditioning until we stop and turn on house air.

The list for maintenance includes – fix cab safety inspection, air conditioning, fix the step out, get registered, and drivers license. Really need to clean out the mud too.

Now the fun begins!

May 27, 2019 – We have major flooding south of us and we have to figure out how to get around it. So last night we charted a path and we are currently working it. So far it appears we are fine and safe.

OK, I spoke too soon. Almost to the next park and the air is not working with 90-degree heat and sunny skies, even though Winnebago worked on it! Then the front panel that controls the air, heat and such – just fell off. When we stopped and looked, we saw it was glued on. OK, so we tried to glue it on, no luck. So we used sticky tape. It should hold to Texas, I hope. The roads are so bad across the country that everything is loose and shaking off. I am talking the highways and interstates, not some back country road which would be better than the large holes we are encountering on the roads.

A day without rain

Yeah, no rain but the heat and humidity will get you. Moved from winter to summer in a drive. Memorial weekend – cramped sites and parked close. People next door in the part of our lot. Hope we do not run over as we leave tomorrow. Should be in Texas by Wednesday.

It has been a long trip and we are almost done. At least we will be two weeks in Texas before heading North again.

In Missouri!

Left Sharon and Duane’s house so full could barely move but had a lot of fun. Saw a lot of the nieces and nephews and family I have not seen in 12 years. They have kids of their own that are almost grown or are grown too. Thanks to all you folks we got a lot of rest we really needed.

When we left Iowa, we had good weather and in the 70s.. It was a nice drive finally and temperature was about 90 in Missouri when we got here! What a change. Thunderstorms last night so no it has not stopped yet.

At the Heinen Clan

Stopped over to visit family – Duane and Sharon and the rest came to see us. Duane and Sharon took us to the Grotto in West Bend – a lovely place to see and they have an RV park next to it. Here is the website if anyone would like more info. It is free for things to walk around and see some wonderful artwork and for you geology buffs all kinds of rocks, fossils, and more from around the world. Worth seeing.

Had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant and then went and visit nephews I have not seen for 12 years. Later more family from Omaha showed up – Jerry and Anne and we had fun talking about old times and future plans. Finally – a good day over all.

Winnebago Day! and More

Well, it is in being worked. We hope it will be done by the end of the day but not holding hope. The weather has cleared, of course, because we are not driving but the wind is still blowing. OK sat in the waiting room with 3 cats for the 8 hrs but it was worth it! They fixed the water tank, generator, and other things we did not even ask about. The cent cover we lost was the only thing we paid for at the store.

After we left we found dinner and started to family in Iowa. OK, I am directionally challenged at times and cannot see the small signs well. We buzzed past the turn-off but was able to get back to the right place. Then I could not find the farm! We looked up the address and was at the end of the lane when we saw the folks.

So tired and happy to stop- we will be spending a few days on the farm. Thanks, Sharon and Duane.

Day 6 – OK made it! Rain and Wind!

Got on the waiting list but will not get it done till tomorrow – maybe! S0, we got into a slot by service – no water but power. Ok, that did not work – no power. OK, we will start the generator. Pouring rain – Berny went out to start the generator – – it also will not start. OK, whoever got the voodoo doll please pull all the pins! SO start looking for a place with power and water (if they have it). Fond one in the area – went hoping to find a spot. That wonderful wonderful person at Three Finger Campground had one left. SO we got power and water so we could rest the night.

Not happening – the wind (over 40 mpg) and heavy rain had the RV shaking and moving to the point – I got seasick. Woke up to wind an rain as well. If the weather would cooperate – things would be better. Oh well

Day 5 – Almost there!!

Weather was windy and we were bombarded with oak wingdings all night and until we left. Decided to skip Amana IA for Waterloo IA as it was closer. We should have 2 hrs tomorrow. Left end of sewer hose at last site and did not discover it until we got to new one. Opps, had to get a new one.

We are so tired and want to sleep but are trying to stay awake. So tomorrow another adventure.

Day 4 Rain Again

Really Heavy Rain

Wake up dry, get ready to leave, it rains. Torrential and unrelenting rain. Made it through that all and finally found the campground. Site is wet and muddy but fine. One consistent problem we found is the signs. There is little to no signs to some of the places we have been. GPS is fun because the battery dies as you need it for the last turn by turn because there are no signs or little signs for the sites. We have driven past every site so far and had to turn around and find it again. Berny said we need an Indian guide to assist us as we lost most of the time in some back flooded woods. Also, he says that as soon as we are off the highway, the big lost sign appears in lights above us and people laugh.

Stopped to make dinner – cannot figure out the stove so gave up before blowing ourselves up. Got out the insta pot and had dinner. Read the book!

Oh more adventures tomorrow.