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Friday, May 16, 2014

So Where Did We Run Off To?

I know you’ve been dying with curiosity to hear where we headed off to after “escaping “ from the Winnebago Factory Service Center.


Utah? (Judy, Sherry and Gail’s guess).  At least 350 miles?  (Nan’s guess).

Well, the truth of the matter is neither (although Utah is a very attractive idea).

Nope, we drove right across the street for a two night stay at the Winnebago Visitor Center.  Let me ‘splain.


All this week, while the Journey was being worked on, I was fighting a nasty cold.  At the end of each work day when the tech brought back the Journey, I quickly crashed on the couch, trying to get as much rest as possible before rising early the next morning to put the Journey back in the shop.

Being the wonderful, caring husband that I am, I have now shared the cold with Marti.  So we decided to take advantage of Winnebago’s offer of two free nights to try and recuperate and kick these colds.  I couldn’t see myself doing some PDD driving while hacking up a lung and having my nose run all over the steering wheel.  Yep, we’re full of cold medicine, mega doses of vitamin C and Echinacea, while trying to get rested up.

Hopefully by Sunday, I can, at least, get behind the wheel and start working our way to Ohio, where we’ll visit Marti’s sister for most of a week before heading to South Carolina by 1 June.  Life on the road has the same “fun” as living in a house.  Sick days no matter where you are.

Before we left the service center, I once again decided to visit their parts area.


The Journey’s water pump has been making some different, unusual noises recently.  So, before I get all soaped up in the shower and the water pump craps out, I decided to buy a spare.


I think I’ll change out the old one when we get to Ohio.  Of course, now that I have a new one on hand, the old pump will probably never kick the bucket…

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. I didn't count on illness lying you low. Ohio should be an easy trip for you. I also figured that parts department would be calling your name. ;)

  2. What a bummer that you BOTH had colds. Hope you're recovered soon! :-)

  3. Seems everywhere you look somebody is down with a cold. Of course the current downturn in the temperature accompanied by all this rain is not helping.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. No fun having colds. Get well soon and on the road.
    Our Water pump quite a few years ago, so I installed a new one. Checked over the old one and was able to get it working, so now we have a spare AND when dry camping in the desert I use it to top up our fresh water tank and have even loaned it out to other boondockers too. Sure is handy.

  5. Smart Boy!! Just take the free nights and get your rest so you can enjoy the Journey;o)) Hope you both get feeling well soon!!

  6. Now wait a minute. I suggested you stay another couple days or so at Winnebago but I don't even receive an honorable mention on your blog for guessing it right? :(

  7. Get well soon, a half block at a time isn't up to standard. While in the neighborhood a quick stop at Clear Lake to see The Surf Ballroom where the music died is an interesting place to visit.

  8. Oh poor Marti, now her turn??? Sounds like a few more days staying put and getting well are just what the doctor ordered.

    Get well.....

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  9. I know the real reason you are staying! It is all those great attractions in downtown Forest City:)

  10. Hope you both feel better soon, but at least you have a nice place to recuperate.

  11. Sorry you both caught the bug. Does the Winnebago parts store sell chicken soup? :-)

  12. Now, I'll spend the rest of the day trying to get the thought of you all soaped up in the shower" out of my head.

  13. I believe Scoopy Doos has chicken noodle soup AND ice cream. For sure this is what Marti needs to shake off this nasty bug you so generously gave her. Where in Ohio? That's where I was bornded. Isn't S.C. usually the wrong direction for spending the summer???

  14. Be careful with that cold. It seems to have a rebound to it. Could really put you on the couch for a while.

  15. Get well soon! You are right about the water pump. The old one will never die now!