Thursday, July 28, 2022

Temperature 81 Degrees, Rain Showers in the morning, Abundant Sunshine Later

When Life Gives You Lemons it is time to Make Lemonade

Thank goodness I like lemonade because yesterday we needed to make gallons of it.

It all began in the morning. At 7:06 am we got the call from the service desk at Cummins that they were ready for our rig. Wow, maybe we’ll actually get out of here by noon time.

Then about an hour later they found the source of our air leak. For those unfamiliar with a diesel motorhome, they use air for the brakes and for the suspension. The sudden loss of air would cause the brakes to lock up and the suspension to fail. Nether is a good thing. That’s whey we were having the leak taken care of now and not when we got home. I hate surprises when on the road.

Great, they found the problem. Then came the first lemon in that they did not have the part. And they could not get it to the following day.

But wait, they had a delivery driver going over to the town where the part was. He should be back with it by noon time. Yipee!

Then came the second lemon we were told that he really wasn’t going over that way. Meaning, the part would not be picked up today we would have to wait until tomorrow.

But leave it to Ms. Barbara to come up with a solution. Why don’t we go get the part? Oh yeah I love it when she takes decisive action.

Now, the third lemon. The factory usually doesn’t allow customers to pick up their own parts. Only dealers can.

Wow, you’re talking to the wrong woman! She was not about to spend another night in the asphalt jungle parking lot at Cummins. Long story short, they quickly found a way that would allow us to pick it up. You go girl!

On the road we went. It was an 1 1/2 hours each way. A total of three hours driving. But we got the part and had it back to Cummins before 1 pm. They immediately got to it and by 2 pm we were on the road to our new home for the next week. Ah, all that lemonade was refreshing!

We were on the road and making good time. The GPS said we would be there by 4pm at the latest. Then came the fourth and final lemon, we were 6 miles from our exit for the campground and traffic came to a complete halt. I have to tell you by this time I was exhausted and this was not what I needed. Thankfully, the delay was relatively minor, we were moving again within 45 minutes and we made our exit with no further major delays.

OK, the GPS told us to go one way. But wait, there was a sign saying don’t follow your GPS follow our signs. Mistake avoided, we saw the sign in time. Things were looking up.

Then there it was, the sign for the park. But wait, we had to take a dirt road? Have I ever told you how much I hate dirt roads when driving Elvira? I took a deep breath, and with gritted teeth I slowly proceeded to follow the yellow dirt road.

Soon enough we were at the office and Ms. Barbara had us checked in and ready to go to our new home.

It was straight ahead, yep down another dirt road. OK, they are in good condition so I shouldn’t be complaining. I’ll get over it soon enough.

Home sweet home for the next 6 nights. We are in a pull-thru with a dirt base. It is anything but level but thankfully the jacks quickly corrected that. I’m sure glad I had them fixed before we left on this trip. They’ve been needed a lot more than I would have ever thought. Albert is on his table and already locked in on all three satellites so we have full DISH service. All utilities are hooked up. Time for a shower and I’m going to bed. I’m completely spent. Still, all in all, life is good and I’m glad we were able to get here yesterday instead of today. And all that lemonade really tasted good!

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before


  1. Glad you made it there on schedule, and glad you got the repair done! That has to be a load off your mind. And good for Barb!!! You sure had a roller coaster day, and I’m glad it all worked out! Have fun in Marshall!


    1. Yes, I feel much better knowing I’m not going to have an issue with the rig going forward. As for having fun, we’re wore out already. We’ve been to two auto museums and we’re not done sightseeing yet! Going to have to go home to rest!

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  2. I make it appoint to read the confirmation emails from campgrounds. There have been several that have told us not to use GPS and have provided alternate directions. Glad y’all made it safely!


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