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Wednesday, September 1Today Tom called some of the companies which supported our house in Clifton such as monthly insect inspections and cancelled those accounts. Frank continued his judging of Web Sites. Then Frank prepared suitcases full of electronics he was moving to the Double Tree Hotel in Overland Park, KS, where the IGRA Board Meeting will be held. Again we went to dinner at the buffet. Wednesdays are half price night, so it is a real bargain.
Thursday, September 2
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Thursday, September 9
Friday, September 10
The storms have past and we are ready to move on. As we began to break camp, Tom found one of the motors on the brand new rear stabilizer jacks was not working... again. After manually closing the jack, we took off. About 20 miles before arriving at our destination for the evening, we noticed part of the under-panel on the front of the trailer just above the truck, was hanging down. Looking closer, we saw the material, which is little more than laminated cardboard, had been damaged by water and needs to be replaced. We have had a lot of problems with this trailer, but houses also have lots of problems. At least the trailer is small and easy to clean, unlike a house. We are back at Big Brutus and will spend time touring tomorrow. The last time we were here it was in the upper 90's and any time spent outside was miserable. This time the temperature should be more tolerable.
Sunday, September 12
|We are headed for Oklahoma City and Motley's RV repair. We tried a temporary fix of the front panel of the trailer by using duct tape but it didn't hold. We finally got the panel fastened using some screws but the panel will still have to be replaced. This is the 3rd time we have stayed at this nice campground. This is the one with the great bathrooms we have mentioned before. Nicest bathrooms we have ever seen in a campground. Nicer than many houses. Frank is still having problems with the shingles. He is very tired and anything that rubs his skin hurts. Tom drove most of the way today to help out while Frank rested. Frank was so tired that he forgot to shoot the campground picture, so he did it after dark. Not bad for a hand held 10 second exposure.|
We drove through a number of rain storms including a few that were quite heavy today. We would normally sit out another day if it is expected to rain but we wanted to get to Oklahoma City so we could keep our appointment with Motley RV Repair. We took the trailer to the repair shop before going to the campground so Allen could take a look at what we needed done. He will order replacement motors for the rear stabilizer jacks. It remains to be determined exactly what will be done with the front underbelly. At least part of it will have to be replaced, but we will see how much is necessary tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 15
Thursday, September 16
Friday, September 17
Saturday, Septebmer 18
|We are back in a very nice Corps of Engineers campground. The Verizon service area maps indicated we would not have Internet connection here but we are connected, though a bit slow. Nice drive today. Frank had a resurgence of shingle pain on Friday, but after total rest on Saturday and more rest today it is almost gone. If he can rest a few more days then this bout will be over.|
RJ's RV Park Garden City, KS $27.00 per nightIt has been extremely windy today with steady 30 mph winds and gusts up to 50. We were following US highway 270 which didn't go the route we thought it did. The side trip wasn't any longer than the other highway but it did take us through the small town of Forgan, Oklahoma. The signs at either end of this small burg proclaimed it to be the home town of "Hank, the Cow Dog" a series of fun children's books about a ranch dog that thought it was the boss of the ranch. Frank had listened to some of the books a few years ago. After setting up in camp we couldn't get connected to their Internet service. We were connecting to the access point but weren't being assigned an IP address. The owner came out and reset the access point and we were able to connect. Frank later discovered the problem. (Warning! technical stuff!) Their router's DHCP server was assigning IP leases that expired 3 days before the subscription began. That was effectively making each lease permanent. As new customers came and went, the 254 available addresses were used up and they would have to reset the router to wipe the reservations clean. (I said this was technical stuff :-)
|Still windy today but not as bad as yesterday. We are now in Colorado. When we crossed the state line Frank looked at Tom and said "Welcome Home!" The last time we were in this campground, 2 years ago, they had a tornado warning, but no tornado actually developed. Tomorrow we will be in Denver.|
We are HERE! Nice drive today, but the truck traffic through the center of Denver on I 70 was a bit rough. Some road repaving in the middle of town on a mile long bridge made for quite a bouncy trip. We had some light rain in the afternoon. Frank's shingles is continuing to improve, but he has difficulty wearing a shirt.
Sunday, September 26
Monday, September 27