Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Party is Over

Effingham, IL
Camp Lakewood Campground

Yesterday was the final day of the rally.  I can't believe the week is up already.  Every year the rally gets better and better.  I will proudly wear my MOC t-shirt that every attendee received.  Thanks again to all those who were responsible for the success. 

I noticed a piece of the vinyl trim by the roof was disintegrating and told one of the service techs.  They didn't have any with them, but sent someone back for it. 

When they were up on the roof they noticed that we needed lap sealant around something.  They went ahead and resealed it.  That's the difference between a RV repairman and a great one.  They go steps beyond.  

There were seminars in the morning, but for some reason we didn't have time for them.  Keystone/Montana had another great meal for us.  The lunch consisted of Chicken Parmesan, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, green beans, caesar salad, rolls and huge trays of great desserts.  

Following the luncheon, everyone had a chance to ask either Sam or Mark any questions they had about the High Country or Montanas. Sam and Mark gave us an overview of all the new features the new models will have.  They made notes from comments by the MOC members of any suggestions for future models.  You can tell they did everything humanly possible to please all the members.  I can't imagine servicing over 100 coaches in that short time period.  

Talk about a hard act to follow.  Bill and I had to follow Sam and Mark's talk.  We were the coordinators for The White Elephant.  I must say once it gets going I really love doing it.  There were about 50 gifts to choose from.   

Dennis Ward had a beautiful fall arrangement, but unfortunately, he didn't get to keep it.

It was hot but no one complained of the heat.

 We used black garbage bags, but someone managed to make their gift bag look different.  

There was a lot of laughter and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

We've already been asked to coordinate the White Elephant next year.

Here's a few more photos.

Dennis had a second chance to pick a gift.

That was probably the fastest two hours for an event.

Finally, we're getting down to a few gifts left.

We had one hour before the final prize drawing.  Bill went and fueled up the truck for today's departure.  As we were returning, Harry, Carlena and Boo were walking over.  

They have been touring all the RV makers.  I was surprised when they returned from a high end tour and were telling us how cheaply they were made.  We only had a few minutes to visit with them, before we returned to the big tent.  

We were sitting next to George and Linda during the prize drawing.  They won a lot of prizes. We won another prize, a zero lounger.  Thanks George, for carrying it back to our coach for us.  Ted won the 50/50 which was $460, I think.

It was late after everyone left our site.  We had planned to walk down and say goodbye to Harry and Carlena but my foot was so swollen, I couldn't walk that far.  

This morning the hot weather broke.  It was sprinkling lightly but by the time we went out to hitch up it quit.  I drove the first 170 miles and then Bill took over.  It was partly cloudy and we were lucky we didn't get any rain.  The cross winds weren't so bad once we turned south on I 57.  I know everyone is surprised that we are on the interstate, but we need to get back to Casa Grande as soon as possible.

We are in Effingham, Illinois.  Bill always gets antsy to cross the Mississippi River, where he finally can feel likes he's back in the west.  

Turtle Safely......


  1. Hi guys....enjoy your do I follow or join? This was our first MOC rally and really enjoyed it...white elephant was fun!

    1. There's a follow by e-mail box on the right hand side. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Safe travels. Glad you had such a good time and got some work done at the same time.

    1. Montana has really treated us well. No complaints at all.

  3. Diane and Bob AlbedyllSeptember 27, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    It was really great getting to know you at the rally. We met so many wonderful, kind and fun people. We learned so much at all the events and tours. This was a wonderful rally for sure. We plan on being there next year.Safe travels and see you next year.

    1. Maybe we'll see you at the National Escapade Rally in Missouri in May.

  4. As always you had a wonderful time at the Montana Rally. Travel safe on you way back to Casa Grande.

  5. Now that was a whirlwind week of fun. Glad the White Elephant went well. We think those are so much fun. Safe travels.

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  7. I love rally's!! Looks like this one was fun and informative!! The White Elephant went very well!!


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