Monday, September 24, 2018

England, Wales, Scotland Adventure Begins

Tower Hotel
London, UK

Yesterday the eight people that didn't take the pre-trip arrived throughout the day.  Bill and I decided to walk next door and tour the Tower Museum.  We were so glad that we didn't have anything extra planned.

The Tower of London is over 1,000 years old and besides being a royal palace, it is the castle that protects the Crown Jewels and served as a fortress and is probably known best as a prison. Many a queen, royal subject and criminal were beheaded here. For more details on this, check into King Henry VIII.  The ravens of history still live in the castle.  

We ended up spending 5 hours in the Tower and didn't see everything.  There were many spiral narrow staircases.  The White Tower held the armory and had a sign outside that said there were 204 steps in it. We were so glad the temps were in the low 70's and the sun was shining.  There is no ac in the buildings.

We had a Yeoman Warder guide who was great.  He told us about all the beheading that happened.   

We saw the crown jewels in a building.  You weren't allowed photos but it's unbelievable.  I will never forget all the items that we saw in that building.   Besides all the jewels and gold on the crowns there was so much else to see.  One punch bowl was gold and three feet wide.  

Bloody Tower had Sir Walter Raleigh's "prison apartment".  We visited the mint and the Fusilier Museum.  We skipped the zoo as we needed to get back for the welcome dinner.

The welcome dinner was great and we had a beautiful view of the harbor.  There are 28 people on the tour.  Anita is our program directer and she's very knowledgeable but sounds like a lot of fun.

Today we had a "blue tour guide" accompany Anita.  These guides have a special license.  Stewart was great and there were many laughs. 

We went to Buckingham Palace today.  They only have tours inside for a few weeks out of the year, but tickets are hard to come by.  When we saw the lines, we were happy we weren't in them.

We made another stop in Trafalgar Square for a restroom and coffee stop.  Restrooms are free if you are a paying customer.

Our next stop was St. Paul's Cathedral where the last royal wedding was held.  The dome is the second largest.  We were going to tour the church and then changed our mind and took the tube to the British Museum.  In London, you pay to tour a church but all museums and art galleries are free.  You can visit the church during a service without paying.  

As we were walking up to the door, everyone was coming out the entrance and exit doors.  It seems the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate.  We waited a while and then we were allowed to enter.

I wanted to see the Rosetta Stone.  We viewed the Egyptian display which we enjoyed.  I can't believe how much we've forgotten since our visit to Egypt.  

There was also a huge Parthenon exhibit.  There was much more here, than when we visited Greece.  It would take you a week or longer to see all the floors.

Had to change lines in the tube but arrived back with no problems.  Can you believe the tube station came out at Wetherspoons, our favorite pub?  No point in going directly back to the hotel until we stopped for dinner an a pint.  Tonight the special was 8 oz steak and a beer for  $7.99.

Tomorrow we leave London and our first stop will be Oxford.

Turtle Safely......

Sunday, September 23, 2018

On to Wales

Casa Grande, Arizona

Our travels took us to the Snowdonia area of Wales.  Bill's family was from Wales and this was our interest in booking the England, Scotland, and Wales escorted tour.

Our bus left at 8:30 am and stopped at a welcome center for a toilet break around 10.  The United Kingdom welcome centers are nothing like in the states.  There was a Starbucks, Krispy Cream, Burger King, gift shop and a few stores other stores.  Nothing like the ones in America where all you have is vending machines and restrooms.

The bus stopped in Llangollen in Northern Wales for lunch.  Anita led us to the Love Spoons shop where we were treated to a discussion of what are love spoons.  They are hand carved wooden spoons with different shapes which  symbolize different meanings.  They were beautiful but I couldn't decide on one and then I didn't know what I'd do with when we returned.  They would make a beautiful wedding gift for someone.

The scenery was beautiful and I might mention that we didn't see many vehicles at all.  Along the way, Anita handed out Welsh cakes for everyone to try.

The Celtic Royal Hotel was situated right in the center of the historic town.  We could see the sea from our room.  
Every time we arrived in a different location Anita would take those who wanted on a walk around the area so we would know where places were located such as a drug store, supermarket, pubs, and interesting historic places in the town.  The town has a medieval castle and walls built by the English after the conquest of Wales.  Prince Charles was formally inaugurated as Prince of Wales here in 1969.

Welsh is the prime language spoken in Wales and all of the signage is in Welsh and English.  

One of the highlights of our visit to Wales was the home hosted dinner.  The group was divided  into groups of 4-6 people.  Our group of 6 was taken to a beautiful Welsh home which was very old.  We immediately knew this was going to be a wonderful evening.  The  food and wine was delicious.  We enjoyed hearing about the family and life in Wales.  We could discuss any controversial subjects, and did. The host was open for any and all questions.  

The following day we took a narrow gauge steam train on the Ffestiniog Railway.  It is the oldest independent narrow gauge railway in the world.  It was built in 1832 for the slate industry but began carrying passengers in 1864. 
The scenery was spectacular with waterfalls everywhere.  The train stopped a little ways up the mountain.  The next thing I knew we were going backwards back down the mountain to Porthmadog where the engine was changed.  In no time at all we were chugging back up the mountain.  This is run by volunteers who love the railway.  One man has been a volunteer for 30 years.

Our bus was waiting for us when we arrived in Portmeirion for our lunch at the slate museum.  The slate museum was very interesting and educational.  We ate in the luncheon that the workers used to use.  There was a demonstration on how to split slate.  Wales was known for slate until China started exporting slate.

Anita told us about the Welsh people on our way back to the hotel.  Somehow the topic of men's choir came up and she said that a group practices in the city center at 7 pm.  The next thing we knew that everyone wanted to go and hear them sing.  It was a very short walk from the hotel and we were greeted with a very warm welcome.  Chairs were brought out so everyone had a seat.  This choir is world famous.  I love the spontaneity of this trip.

Luggage outside the hotel room at 7 am.   

Turtle Safely.....

Friday, September 21, 2018

Back in the USA!

Casa Grande, Arizona

I'm overwhelmed when I think of everything we saw and did in the last 18 days.  This was the tenth trip we've taken with Grand Circle and I have to say they just keep getting better and better.

When we booked the trip we were concerned because it looked like you had a lot of free time.  Boy, was I ever wrong.  There's always a lot of extras that aren't on the itinerary.  However, we were reminded to remember pacing--choice, balanced, and personalised. 

We were both concerned that we love the river cruises so much, and we'd just done one in March, that maybe we wouldn't enjoy the land tour as much.  After all, you have six different hotels and a lot of time on the Mercedes bus.  I realize now, there's no way you could have done and seen all that we did any other way.

Every day we were given a list of 9 to 10 things to learn and discover during that day.  Examples of items on the list were:  fuzzy brushes, boiled sweets, thatched cottages, love spoons, Welsh cakes, British beer, Lancashire cheese, Dracula, Harry Potter etc.  Anita, our program director, would pass out all kinds of food for us to sample from boiled sweets, cheese, cakes, cookies, Scotch and England beer.  Our meals that were included were 3 course meals and very good, but I have to say not as elaborate as the river cruises.  We usually had a choice of two entrees.  In one case, Anita didn't tell us ahead of time what we were having.  It turned out to be lamb.  She said most people don't eat lamb but they've never tasted lamb from Great Britain.  She was right!  It was delicious and everyone loved it.

We stuck to the same routine everyday.  Breakfast at 7 am and we left for a tour or traveled at 8:30.  Luggage was placed outside our doors at 7 am and put on the bus for us as well as delivered to our rooms at the next hotel.  All hotels were picked for great locations that were within walking distance of everything.

If it happened to be a travel day, we stopped an hour and a half into the journey.  There was always something on the way to see.  During our ride Anita told us about controversial topics, politics, health system, education, immigration and anything else we wanted to know.

Even before the trip began we had received an email and a phone call from Anita.  We also received a thank you card and a follow up email about our trip home.

The only down side to the trip was that I lost my camera somewhere with all the photos.  I had a problem with the computer so I didn't get anything downloaded.  Bill had some photos on his camera so we didn't lose everything.

Here's a few of the 856 he took.

This is the Tower of London Museum looking out from our hotel window.

Notice all the cobblestones around the Tower.
You can't go to London without seeing the Rosetta Stone.
The Tower Bridge has a glass floor where you can see the traffic below.
Here's Buckingham palace.  The Queen was not there at the time.

Neither Bill nor I wanted to go in the Eye after we saw it.  It takes 30 minutes to go around and it goes so slowly you can hardly tell its moving.  

We visited Churchill's War Rooms when in London and as an added attraction we stopped in the town where he is buried.  
Notice how the suit of armour covers the "vital" areas.

We toured Hampton Court Palace along with many more castles.
 There were over 3,000 firearms on the walls of this palace.
The fountain at Howard Castle was on when we arrived but due to the drought the area has had, they shut the water off at 3 pm. 

The Roman Baths in Bath were very interesting.  I understand they added quite a bit to see in recent years.

I lost the photos of Stonehenge and the local pub where
we had our first taste of fish pie.  

That's just a little of some of the things we saw and did while in England.

Turtle Safely......

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Terrorist Attack?

Doubletree by Hilton
Cheltenham, UK

Last night was the scariest night of our lives.  I'll make this short as we had a very short night and we need a good nights sleep.

We are on the front of the building in a wing that has a very long hallway. Right before it was time for our three course dinner the fire alarm went off.  The fire door closed and Bill was on one side and I was on the other.  The alarm went off after a few minutes but not before people were coming out of their rooms in their pajamas.

The group dinner was wonderful and we came back to our room to get a shower.  As we started to relax after a very busy day we both heard something.  It sounded like a lot of gunshots.  We peeked out the window and  we saw what looked muzzle flash.  It was rapid sounding fire.  There is no way you could exit through the windows.  Bill immediately shut the lights out and all I could see through the peephole was people running in the halls.  We got down on the floor in the furthest corner of the room behind the bed.  I might add that I could smell cordite.  The noise lasted for
about 15 or 20 minutes.  No one at the front desk answered the phone.  We kept waiting to hear sirens or someone coming through to see if everyone was okay.  We heard nothing else the rest of the night.

This morning we found out that a wedding party at the hotel was responsible  for shooting off fireworks.  Management of the hotel came out to the bus before we left for Bath and Stonehenge to apologize.  

I don't ever want to have an "adventure" like that again.

Turtle Safely........ 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Tower Bridge Tour and Hampton Court Palace

Tower Hotel
London, UK

Hampton Court Palace was our destination yesterday.  The coach arrived at 8:30 and all 14 of the tour group piled on.  The Hampton Palace is huge and it would take a couple of days to see all of it.  We were the last ones that walked back to the bus about 1:15. Every one had different places they wanted to visit for the remainder of the day.  Our bus driver happily drove to all the different destinations to let everyone off.  Bill and I wanted to go back to the hotel and visit the Tower Bridge Museum.  

I didn't know what to expect for the bridge tour.  Luckily there was a lift (I'm getting into the language here.)that took you to the top.  We walked across from one tower over to the other.  There was a special exhibit on the bridges of the world.  As you walk across the walkways between the towers the floor is glass and you can see the cars and people below you.

If I'm skipping all around it's because when I go to add a photo the photo doesn't show.  I just have the number and date.  That's what I get for getting a new small computer and leaving immediately for a trip without Dave getting it ready for me.

Here's some of the 3,000 weapons displayed in the Hampton Court Palace.

Here's a photo of the gardens, which is so large you can't get a great photo.

That's yesterday's adventure and I'll try and catch up later tonight.  We spent the entire day at the London Tower Museum and came back to soak our feet for an hour before we have the official welcome kick off dinner of the trip.  The other 8 people have been arriving all through the day.

Turtle Safely...... 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Oyster Lesson--But Not the Kind You Eat

Tower Hotel
London, United Kingdom

Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms and Churchill Museum, Big Ben, Parliament, Covent Garden Area, Trafalgar  Square, 10 Downing Street, Household Cavalry Museum, Benjamin Franklin House, the National Gallery, the changing of the guards, and a glimpse of Buckingham Palace were things we saw on Tuesday.  

I'm way too far behind on blogging so I'll just add a couple of photos.
Our first day, Bill doesn't even look tired.

Joan suggested we eat dinner in a pub as you don't tip.  We had a gigantic piece of fish and chips for 5.99 including a beer.

Turtle Safely......

Monday, September 3, 2018

Uneventful Trip to London

London, England
The Tower Hotel

I know it's been awhile, but a lot has been going on.  Yesterday we flew out of Phoenix, and I might mention that we left on time.  The flight was smooth and both Bill and I were surprised how short that 10 hour flight felt.

We landed early and walked a very long way to customs.  We were really disappointed to find out that Heathrow doesn't do the global entry program.  At least the lines moved very quickly and efficiently.  Another long walk and  Bill spotted our luggage before it went around again.  Grand Circle's greeter was waiting for us as we left the baggage claim area.  It was 11:30 by the time we left the airport and our plane was scheduled to land at 11:40.  

Our program director had called us earlier in the week and said it took anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours to get through traffic to our hotel.  Our shuttle driver was happy to announce it took one hour and ten minutes.  

The porters took our luggage as we came through the doors.  Joan, our pre-trip program director was waiting for us.  She was ready to do a walk about with other new arrivals.  We ran upstairs to get the cameras out of of the luggage.

Were we ever surprised to see our room.  The first thing we both said was it was a good thing Sherry and Dave didn't come.  In our trip to Australia, Fuji and New Zealand they teased us because they always had the parking lot views while we had much better rooms.  There are three rooms that face the bridge and the museum.  We really lucked out because we have a gorgeous view.

I knew our hotel was close to the London Tower Bridge and the London Tower Museum but I had no idea how close.  This is without using the zoom looking out the window. 

Here's a couple of photos.  I'm just too tired with the 8 hours difference in the time and the 10 hour flight to mess with this today.
This post box has VR which shows how old it is.

More tomorrow.

Turtle Safely......

Thursday, August 2, 2018

82 And Going Strong

Bill turned 82 on Monday and we celebrated with Carlena and Harry at Famous Dave's Barbecue. 

It was so good to spend time with Harry and Carlena even though we didn't get to see Boo and her new brother.  We really enjoyed the food and ate way too much. 

It's truly amazing in the few years we've known Harry and Carlena what good friends we've become.  I had numerous texts when Bill had his cardioversion done a few weeks asking how he was doing.  

When Bill was in the hospital this past May in Georgia, Carlena called me and said she could fly to Georgia and  be there in 8 hours.  She didn't want me being there alone.  Now that's a true friend.    

There's a whole story behind the knife that Harry gave Bill but once again it has to do with friendship.  Bill was very touched. They also gave Bill some reminders of the G-men days.  

I felt like something was missing and then I realized what.  We had so much barbecue while in Texas, but then it was always six of us.  We missed George and Linda Morey not being there.

Here's the front of the birthday card from Sherry and Dave.

When you opened it up, it looked like this.  I know this card will be a keeper.

Turtle Safely.........

Friday, July 20, 2018

Good Health--What More Could We Ask For?

Casa Grande, Arizona

Bill is home from the hospital and doing very well.  He is still a little dizzy from  being anesthetized.  He's had heart rate issues since spring and finally today is back in rhythm.   He had a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) done and had his heart shocked.  It only took one shock.  The staff at Banner Hospital was extraordinary. 

Bill's doctor said he didn't need to see him again until his regular six month scheduled appointment.  He told Bill to enjoy his trip to the British Isles. 

Other good news that I failed to mention was that the tire shop that damaged our RV paid immediately once they had an estimate.  I didn't mention their name in a previous blog until I had something good to say about them.  JM Tire's manager, Lewis, told us he would pay for the damages and he did.  They also were very prompt as road service in changing our tire.  They are located in Raton, New Mexico.  The parts have been ordered and hopefully that will be behind us soon.

Bill's not ready to sell the RV until we make a few more trips in it.  Of course, the Montana Circling of the Wagons in Quartzsite is on the list as well as the Lake Havasu City Winter Blast Pyrotechnic show.  We've had many people call us to inquire about something RV related that we might have for sale.  Someday, but not yet.

I'm so excited that Bill's heart rate is back down where it should be.  I could see his energy level dropping day by day.  

Turtle Safely.......

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bug Musuem

Casa Grande, Arizona

Yesterday Rusty called from the body shop to tell us he had the estimate for the repairs to the fifth wheel when it was dinged at the tire shop.  Can you believe $3936.55?  Wow, no wonder insurance rates keep climbing.

We had visitors yesterday.  Harry, Carlena and Boo came down.  Boo went running out in the backyard looking for Bill.  It was great seeing them and as usual we never run out of things to say.

We all climbed into their truck and took off for lunch.  Bill saw the fish and chips sign at the Airport Tavern so Harry made a u turn back to it.  Once we got inside, we found out that the fish doesn't start until 5 pm.  Oh well, we each had drinks and decided to go someplace else for lunch.  

I had my heart set on fish.  I asked Harry and Carlena if they had ever eaten the haddock at Cracker Barrel so Harry drove to it.  All four of us ordered the haddock but you also got three different sides.  We all ordered different sides.  I wonder if the fish and chips will be as good on our British Isles trip.

Harry and Carlena told us we'd be crazy to sell the fifth wheel.  It's been such a great fifth wheel and we've added so many things to it over the years.  

After lunch we took them out to the body shop to show them the damage on the side of the Montana.  

Carlena has a birthday Monday and knowing we probably won't be seeing her before that, we bought a birthday cake.  Did you notice the word "bought"?  I really didn't want to take any chances on a ruined homemade cake for a special event.  

Polly called to let us know how their Alaska trip is going.  They were in Denali.  I love hearing other people talk about an Alaska adventure.  It brings back fond memories of our trip last year with Harry and Carlena and of course, Boo.  Of course after she hung up, we all thought of places to mention that she hadn't seen yet.  

I have to say, I've been enjoying having the time to follow the Diamondbacks.  Nancy Kissack, you need to forget about that California team and become a Dback fan now that you reside in Arizona.

When I downloaded the photo of Harry and Carlena I found some other photos I'd forgotten about.

When we were in Colorado Springs we visited the bug museum.  I have to say it was interesting and I was glad we toured it.  Of course, staying in the campground where it was located made it convenient.

The May family was featured on the TV show Strange Inheritances.  
Bill was fascinated with all the bugs from around the world.  I wonder how many miles May accumulated in his lifetime searching for different species.  

We had an unusual experience at the rest area on I 25.  
Notice the hand dryers in the restrooms?
There are no sinks.  The plumbing is under the counter but the sinks are gone. Bill said it was the same in the men's.

Turtle Safely......

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Decisions, Decsions

Casa Grande, Arizona

Yes, we're still here.  Everyone thought we'd be back out on the road by now. Thank you for all the calls and emails from concerned friends.  

First off I need to mention that Discount Tire made me happy.  I took the needle nose pliers that were found inside our tire into the store and told them what happened.  I have a very nice credit for the next time we need tires.  Kudos to Discount Tire.  
Do you have any idea how much junk you can accumulate in 10 years?  I emptied out the coach and can't believe how much stuff I had.  I have to say I've never seen a RV with as 
much storage as our Montana has. I have 23 cabinet doors (some cabinets have 2 doors) and 8 drawers in the kitchen.  Do you know what happens when you have a lot of space?  

We put everything in the garage until we decided what comes next.  There is a community garage sale in November.

Bill said once the decision was made to hang up the keys, he felt like he lost his freedom.  Now he's talking about taking short trips.  We have reservations for the Winter Blast.  Right now the trailer is in the shop waiting for an estimate for the damage caused by the tire shop in Raton.  

We have an appointment after that to see what the problem is with the slide coming out.  Someone said it could be an o-ring or the complete hydraulic system.  Lippert said it could be fixed by a mobile tech.  No matter if we keep it or sell it, I wouldn't sell it knowing something was wrong.  

I'm surprised by the number of people that inquired about our truck.  

I have to honestly say, I'm enjoying using soft toilet tissue and lounging in a big bathtub.  The storms that hit the Phoenix area have skirted around us.  Just a few drops of rain, enough to mess up the truck.  

Usually, we can see the vehicles on I 10 which is 7 miles away.  When the storm came in the sun was out and then it was like it was midnight it was so dark.  It only lasted about 20 minutes but it's been 10 years since we've been in a haboo.  

It's very nice that during this time of indecision, we had our home sitting waiting for us.  The suitcases are out in anticipation of our upcoming trip to England, Scotland and Wales.  One nice thing about this trip is we have a non-stop flight to London.  In the past, we've always had to change planes in places like JFK.  Nothing like going through customs in your home airport.

Turtle Safely.........

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hanging Up the Keys

This is the hardest blog I've ever written.  Hanging up the keys, isn't easy but you know when it's time.  Bill turns 82 in about a month, and I'm in my 70's.  We've enjoyed the past 10 years exploring all 49 states in our RV.  We actually have been to Hawaii a couple of times but until they finish the bridge, the coach won't make that. 

We started out the summer the 1st of April with the Schoolcraft's and Morey's heading to Betty's RV Park in Louisiana followed by the Montana Rally in Hot Springs.  Bill had a hospital stay in Georgia and Jacksonville before we went to Jenna and Garrett's wedding in Savannah.

He wasn't allowed to drive so I headed the truck west.  Bill said he felt fine so we attended the Escapade in Sedalia, Missouri.  He was still having trouble with afib so we headed back to see his doctor in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Once the doctor saw him we left again on Father's Day.    

We were having a problem with the living room slide coming out an inch or so.  Our Montana has been trouble free and we've really used it.  Even the trip to Alaska had no problems.  When we were in Raton we had a slow leak in a trailer tire.  I've heard of so many people that have had tire problems but we've been lucky and had none.  The incident at the tire shop where the owner hit a truck while taking it into the garage upset us, but we realize accidents happen.  That morning, I was ready to say that's enough let's go home to Arizona.  We had reservations in Colorado Springs and decided to go up there, and then decide what we are going to do.  The campground was 50 years old and I was so surprised that we had no trouble leveling.  Bill said the trailer felt very heavy going up the steep curvy hill into the site.  

Ron Lichtenberg called Keystone and told them we were having a problem with our slide.  Keystone set up a service ticket for us and gave Ron names and numbers of dealers that could help us out. Now that's a friend that really goes out of the way.  I called the dealers and they were all booked with the upcoming holiday weekend.  I then tried the mobile techs and they were all busy.  One tech said they had a slide bracket that would hold the slide in.  We drove across town and picked it up.  He was surprised that it was a Montana that had the problem, he said it's common in other brands, but not with a Montana.  I had no idea a slide bracket was made for this problem.

We talked with Harry and Carlena and told them we were headed to Arizona in the morning.  They tried to talk us into hanging in there until the Montana Central Plains Rally.  We did find out that Bill must have hit the brake controller when getting into the truck after registering at the campground.  Okay, now we don't have any issues with the slide or the brake.  Do you ever get the feeling someone's trying to tell you something?  

We had the last site at the campground and only had 30 amp service which doesn't allow us to use both AC's.  It was over 100 degrees but livable with the one AC.  Harry and Carlena were so convincing telling us we could enjoy the rally and say our goodbyes to all of our friends that would be there.  As we are about to the point of saying okay we'll go the other 600 miles, the electric goes out.  Okay, we hear you!  I think the man upstairs is telling us something.  It turned out to be low voltage and came back on.

We went for a walk and came back and found the AC not working.  That does it, we're heading south in the morning, even though we paid for another night.

The following morning I pulled the cover off the thermostat and the AC started working.  It didn't matter, Bill and I both knew it was time.  Nick Russell had told me that he and Terrie said they also weren't having any fun anymore when they decided to hang up the keys and they knew when it was over.

We had said we would hang up the keys next year and this would be our last summer on the road, but we both feel now is the time.  

The one thing we will miss is all the friends that we've made with this lifestyle.  We're hoping these friends will be traveling through Casa Grande and stop for a visit.  Bill says the doors always open.  

I told Bill even though there is no doubt in my mind this is the right decision, it is a hard one.  Kind of like when you have a pet that you've had for a long time, and you have to have it put down.  

I never imagined when we started this how much fun we'd have.  We've seen some unusual places that I never in my wildest dreams expected to see.  I wish I had started blogging sooner so I would have records of the earlier years.  The biggest thing we will miss is all the friends.

Today I had a call from Torrie at Keystone asking me if the dealers she recommended were able to help us.  It's a nationwide problem.  At least Keystone follows up with their customers. It's not that dealers are slow, there just aren't any people working at technical jobs.  Try and hire someone to paint your house.  I was told last fall it would be 90 days before they would come by. 

There's a local dealer that will get the slide repaired in  3 weeks.  We need to find someone to do the bottom panel where the tire shop owner dinged it.  After that we will put it up for sale.  Hopefully, it will be bought by someone that enjoys it as much as we have.  

We're up in the air about selling the truck.  Other than the issues with the AC which were finally fixed it's been trouble free.  I'd love to see someone buy the truck and trailer together.  We've added everything possible to the trailer over the years for our enjoyment.  We plan to price it for a quick sale as it's going to be painful enough knowing we are parting company.  The truck has a v-gate, auxiliary fuel tank, air bags, exhaust brake and equipped for pulling.  It's hard to find a diesel truck without 4 wheel drive and it's much easier to get into and out of. 

Even though we won't be traveling with the fiver, we'll still be traveling.  Yesterday we booked a land tour to England, Scotland and Wales which leaves in two months.  We've visited 51 foreign countries and are looking forward to adding two more.  Wish we would be seeing some of our RV friends friends on the trip.

Turtle Safely...........

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Bang Up Day

Raton, New Mexico
Raton KOA

Six miles is as far as we went today.  So much happened in that six miles and not all of it was good.  

Yesterday Bill and I decided to drive down to the entrance to visit the NRA museum.  When we entered the truck I heard the tire monitors going off.  I checked the monitor and it said the drivers side rear trailer tire was underinflated.  Bill checked the tire and found that it was at 75 psi.  Of course this was yesterday, Sunday.  We went into town and fueled up the truck.

Now we are telling ourselves that it was good that we left he monitor on and it went off and we had the entire day to decide what to do.  The elevation here is 7,100 feet and I don't mind telling you we are struggling with it.  

I looked for our road service card and the only one I could find was expired. I finally called and found out that I had renewed but I have no idea what I did with the card.  All I need was the number from the expired card.  We didn't want the tire changed until we're ready to leave so I called about 8 am today.  The tech arrived less than 30 minutes later and changed the tire.  We decided we wanted to buy new tires so we followed the tech back to the shop.  

All they had in this town was two tires in our size.  Not what we wanted, but it would do in a pinch.  Bill pulled the rig into the parking lot and I went inside to see where they wanted it.  Of course, Monday, is the busiest day of the week.  The owner said just leave it there until they had a bay open.  

The place was packed.  The owner came over to get the keys and said he'd put the fiver in the shop.  The garages were on the side of the building.  He came in and said he nicked it getting into the garage but he would pay for the repairs.  We went outside to see the nick.  At first we couldn't figure out what he hit as there was a piece of a broken taillight caught in the side.  It seems when he went past the vehicles parked in the front, he didn't go wide enough and caught the back end of a 4x4 Ford truck.

He said he was sorry and they'd fix the basement so we could get the door open and closed.  

We were parked back by the house in front of the semi trailer.  The white truck is the one he hit.

This picture shows the back of the white truck he hit and where the coach needed to be backed into.  

Lewis lent us a car and we went to get some lunch.   Bill and I sat there discussing whether we'd just turn around and go back to Casa Grande or keep going.  It didn't help that the lunch was pretty bad.  Carlena and Harry assured us we didn't want to come back to Arizona now.   

When they changed the tire, look what was inside it.  I do believe I will return this to Discount Tire when we get back to Casa Grande.

It was 4:30 by the time we left the garage and decided it was too late to go to Colorado Springs today.  There was a KOA three blocks away and that's where we are tonight.

We've driven this fifth wheel 90,000 miles and never put a ding on it.  

Glad to have this day behind us.

Turtle Safely........