Sorry, No Photos …. yet

Well, we’re having a great time at the 56th Escapade, this time it’s in the Champlain Valley area of northern Vermont, just about 100 miles south of the Canadian border.

I’d like to share some photos with you of our stay, but the “free” WiFi here at the fairgrounds is virtually non-existent and I done want to use up all my “gigs” on my Verizon MiFi before my month is up.

So I’ll just have to upload them at some point when I’m able to connect to a real WiFi signal.

There’s just about 800 RV’ers here in all ages, shapes, and sizes and the rigs they drive or pull behind them are all ages, shapes, and sizes as well.  As we walk through the aisles on our way to the seminars and social events each day, Kathy and I often comment to each other “Wow – Look at that one over there!” sometimes because it’s just a plain beautiful RV (kind of like looking at a classic car or sharp motorcycle), or sometimes because they’ve got some goofy thing in the windshield or hanging from their patio awning.

Some have brought the kids with them, many have brought their dogs or cats along, but most are either couples or singles.  Some are still working (from their rigs) and most are full-time RV’ers having sold their sticks-n-bricks homes and hit the road looking to see the country.  While some are “newbies”, many have enjoyed this lifestyle for 10 or more years, traveling from state to state as they see fit when the mood strikes them to move on.

Attending the seminars, we’ve learned about subjects like; fire safety, tire safety, RV gadgets, supplemental braking systems (for the toad) and there are still 3-1/2 more days to come.2016-07-21 12.44.19

The Escapade is characterized as an educational experience disguised as fun.  Along with the seminars, there’s lots of social time, happy hours, music, dances and such along with a vendor fair displaying all the latest and greatest “must-haves” for RV’ers and a dealer from California brought in about 30 new coaches for everyone to tour through and dream about.  (Kathy made me leave our checkbook at home)

To find out more about the Escapee’s RV Club, follow this link

 

 

 

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A Good Day For Travel

Well yesterday was hot and a little sticky, but we left Pecos, TX this am and a light storm rolled in to west Texas last night and our travel today to our new site at Deming, NM was a delight because it was mostly overcast and cool.  Those big glass windows on the front of a motor home can really transmit the heat!  In fact, yesterday afternoon, we not only had the dash a/c on, but we fired up the generator as we were traveling and turned on the roof air to get it down to a comfortable temp.  Wouldn’t have been that bad if we were headed east, but the late afternoon sun heading west was brutal.

This morning I-10 across west Texas showed us a lot more oil fields, miles and miles of open fields with ranches interspersed with grazing cattle.

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A View Out My Window While Driving

I had to take this picture of this distant “mountain” just to prove we were there.  There’s lots more of course, but I just took this picture because they say it’s best to keep two hands on the wheel, especially when it’s windy, which it often is in Oklahoma and Texas along these plains.

We checked into Dream Catcher’s RV Park and were warmly welcomed by the staff and volunteers.  Many of the parks we are staying in are owned by the Escapees club that we belong to.  The members are almost exclusively full-time RV’ers and it’s been great hearing their stories of how they made the switch from a “sticks ‘n bricks” home to living and working on the road.

We attended the social hour at the office/clubhouse and then went on back to our place and enjoyed a fresh cooked meal of tossed salad, cottage cheese, grilled pork loin, and brussel sprouts.2016-04-12 18.09.50

After supper we took a walk around the park to meet some of our neighbors and get a little exercise.

Here’s a panoramic view of the park.  Not a lot of trees unfortunately, we tend to like the state parks more for that reason, but staying in parks like this give us more a sense of community, since many if not all of the residents have a common interest.  2016-04-12 17.13.25.jpgWe met a nice couple tonight who had been full-timing for 15 years but just recently due to some health issues found a plot of land to park their RV on and live in most of the year, but still be able to “pull in the slides” and move on down the road whenever they want.

And some more pix of the surrounding mountains from our camp.

More tomorrow night when we get to Rover’s Roost RV Park outside of Casa Grande, AZ

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Water Pump’s Installed!

2016-04-07 16.38.07Well, although we got back to Freightliner of Oklahoma City (formerly known as Select Service) by about 4pm, they told us that Troy the mechanic was still working on it, having had considerable difficulty with rusted bolts and hardware.  He had to replace the belt tensioner as well as the water pump.  2016-04-07 20.52.05He’s now in the process of putting it all back together, will refill the coolant, pressure test, and then we can get on the road.

I have talked with Troy a few times over the last two days and I’m comfortable with his experience, knowledge, and professionalism.  In fact, all the folks at both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Freightliner group (Premier Truck Group) owned by Roger Penske have been nothing but courteous and professional.  I’ve been impressed with all of them.

We sat in the waiting room, eyeing the vending machine wondering if some of the contents would end up being our dinner.  2016-04-07 17.16.22We watched the 5 o’clock news, the 6 o’clock news, the 7 o’clock news, The Big Bang Theory, and I don’t remember what else.

Troy finally finished up around 9pm, came in and gave us an update, and we settled up with them.  Normally Troy goes home at 4pm, and normally they close up and lock the gate a 7pm, allowing a few of the guys to get a little overtime occasionally while serving the needs of the over-the-road truckers.  This night they stayed even later in an effort to get us back on the road.

We headed about 45 miles south along I-35 back to where we had camped Tuesday night only to find a shiny “silver bullet” (Airstream) travel trailer parked in the only remaining spot that we had hoped to get.

So, as of this writing, we are sitting in our first WalMart parking lot “boondocking” as they call it.  We bunked for the night, I just got up (about 6am), turned on the coffee pot, the furnace, and the water heater.  Kathy will be up shortly, we’ll shower and then continue on down I-35 through Dallas and south to Livingston, TX where we plan on staying a day or two at the Escapees Rainbow’s End Park

 

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