The voice of Karen Carpenter was singing from the Journey’s CD player as we pulled out of the Winnebago Visitors Center this morning. No rush, it was 11 am but we don’t have a particular time to be anywhere at the moment. It felt good. Too often we’re traveling under a deadline to get somewhere, but this trip is different. We’ll get to Marti’s sister’s house in Ohio when we get there.
While we were getting the Journey and the Element hooked up and ready to go, we watched an convoy of about six Class C Minnie Winnies head out, some of the 600 purchased by an Alaskan RV Rental company. Each rig had an older couple driving it, we wondered how long the adventure would take to deliver each motorhome. It must be quite a trip, and getting paid to do it, too must be icing on the cake.
The day was beautiful, sunny, warm and of course windy, but that didn’t bother us as we tooled along.
We availed ourselves of a nice feature the Iowa rest stops have, free dump stations. Sure beats paying five bucks to dump at a Flying J. That water you see is from the rinse hose, not somebody missing the dump hole.
We decided to stop for the night at a Walmart off I-80 (198 miles driven). We needed to restock the cupboards and they said it was okay to stay overnight, so it’s a win-win for us. We’re here in a huge parking lot with a half dozen other RVs.
Across the street is a Steak and Shake. Hmm, this may be an even better stop than we originally thought. ;c)
Now that the Journey has been serviced and all the repairs and little odds and ends items have been made right, Murphy just can’t resist a perfectly working RV. One of the day-night shade’s string broke, so I took it down, I need to see out of that window when pulling out on the highway. I have a restringing repair kit in my spare parts stock so we’ll be correcting the broken parts when we have a picnic table to work on.
I know many folks have upgraded to the MCD shades, while they are nice (and expensive!), some new string and an hour of my time is worth it to me to repair the shade. It hung in there (pun intended) for seven years so I’m not complaining.
It just wouldn’t be RVing without something to tinker with! :c)
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