Arriving in the Badlands

Badland/White River KOA
Badland/White River KOA

We finally arrived at the Badlands/White River KOA on Sunday afternoon after about a 300 mile trip from Sioux City.  I’ve decided that 300 miles is about the limit to what I really want to drive in a day unless there is some really compelling reason to go further.  In fact, I think my sweet spot is somewhere around 200 to 250.  We had a nice stay in Sioux City although the KOA we stayed at was Continue reading Arriving in the Badlands

Westward Bound!

Mom's Farm House
Mom’s Farm House

We finished visiting with my mother and headed West on Sunday the 21st of August to continue our trip.  I have to say that the first one third of our trip was quite different than we expected.  We scrapped the Michigan portion of our plans to take care of matters in Illinois.  We are both hoping that we have things  squared away for a period of time with my mother.  It is hard being a long distance advocate, but I believe that she is getting the best care possible and is happy.  Continue reading Westward Bound!

Amish Country

Amish Buggy
Amish Buggy

As we finish up with our service work at Newmar, I can’t help but post a little about the Amish community that have a large presence in the Northern Indiana area.  Of course we spent most of our time in Nappanee where Newmar is located, but we did visit Shipshewana, Middlebury and Goshen too.  When we were finished at Newmar we went north and stayed a couple of days in Shipshewana and used that as our base to explore the area.  The Amish/Mennonite community here is even larger here than in Nappanee.  When driving we  really needed to be aware of their Continue reading Amish Country

Returning to the Mother Ship

Newmar-ServiceNewmar, like a few other coach manufacturers provides a service center for their product.  Instead of going to the dealer, an owner can schedule regular maintenance or warranty service at the factory.  It has the advantage of access to some of the most trained and experienced technicians available.  It also eliminates 99% of the problem of not having the right part readily available.  I jokingly refer to it as returning to the Mother Ship.

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On The Road Again!

Terlingua-1378It took a lot of last minute scrambling after getting our motor home back from Freightliner, but we finally got back on the road again on July 21st.  As I said in one of my earlier posts, I will be glad when we don’t have to do the loading and unloading part of this adventure.  It takes a lot of time and effort to make sure we have everything for each trip as we still have some items providing dual service between the house and the RV. This makes it necessary to load and unload them each trip.  Plus we always have to stock the fridge, pick out our clothes, and make arrangements to have the house and yard cared Continue reading On The Road Again!