Once we had the Suite Pea all situated comfortably on her site. Don called Bryan at Elkhart Satellite to let him know we had arrived. Bryan told us previously that he’d like to stop by on his way home from work to check out our satellite TV setup and discuss the changes Don wants to make. That way he’d know what he needed to bring with him on Tuesday to do the job for us.
I neglected to mention on our previous post that Sunday, before we had left Bloomington, our truck had made an awful sound while we were on our way to Jason and Kristi’s pitch-in. It sounded like something metal was dragging behind us. Don pulled off into a parking lot to investigate but couldn’t find anything out of place. He pulled forward and reversed several times, then all of a sudden, the noise stopped. We continued on our way although it nagged at us as to what had caused it. Even though the noise never reoccurred, Don went ahead and contacted Eby Ford service center in Goshen to set up an inspection appointment. Eby’s said they could see us Wednesday morning at 7:30 am.
Tuesday we hiked the campground then walked over to Eash Sales. Eash Sales specializes in outdoor furniture, screen rooms, garden decorations and the like. We always see something here that we like so it sure is a good thing we don’t have a yard anymore, else we’d go broke. But we do enjoy looking and we did find something we think Don’s mother would like. Maybe we’ll come back to get it for her Christmas present. The down side of walking back from Eash Sales to our site at the campground is we have to pass by Ben’s Bakery. Now those of you who have been following along with us since we began our gypsy lifestyle know that Don has a weakness for Amish made pumpkin whoopie pies and Don knows he can get them at Ben’s. So sure enough, we stop. And sure enough, he gets one. Just one! I’m impressed by his willpower, he passed up the 6 pack of whoopies. But alas, my being impressed was short lived as I watched him add a fry pie to his purchase. I expect he’ll be accusing me of shrinking his clothes again.
Later we went in search of a quilt for the new sofa and found one we both liked. Since quilts and Amish go hand in hand we had an abundance of them to choose from. The difficult part was finding one that went well with our “coastal” decor instead of the more traditional designs but luck was with us. All of this shopping caused us to work up an appetite, next stop, Jo Jo’s for fresh made, hot pretzels and flavored cokes. A favorite eatery when we’re in town.
We made it back to camp just in time to meet Bryan and have him revamp our TV setup. We now have HD in the bedroom and outside pass-thru just as we have in the living area. Also each TV can record up to seven different listings at a time. (Not that we would.) He also set up the batwing antennae again so we could receive local channels if we find ourselves in a heavily treed campsite where our satellite is unable to get a connection. Being able to watch the local weather conditions are vitally important to us especially since we live in a tin can on wheels. We’ve rode out hurricane and tornado warnings in the past.
Open Range and Redwood RVs are both hosting rallies here this week.
I set the alarm clock for 6 am to be certain Don is up in time to take the truck into the shop. Usually we are up by then.
Wednesday morning Don prepares to leave. A quick kiss goodbye, he hops into the truck, turns the ignition and….nothing. After a few attempts, he returns to the Suite Pea and contacts Good Sam Road Assistance. Our coverage with Good Sam has been a God send. This Ford truck has made much use of it since we ventured out onto the open road. (This is the first Ford we’ve ever owned and it will be the last Ford too.)
By 7:15, the truck is loaded onto a flatbed and Don hitches a ride to the service center with the tow driver. At Eby Ford Don learns that the trucks rear brakes need to be replaced. That was the screeching metal sound we’d heard last Sunday. Apparently something, possibly a rock, became lodged in there in a way that caused grooving to the rotor and damaged it. As for the truck not starting, well it is 6 years old and even though it has less than 60,000 miles on it, the old gal needed new batteries. Don waited until 6 pm before the repairs were complete. A long day for sure. Total cost of repair: $1485.00
Meanwhile I took advantage of having the day to myself by giving Suite Pea a deep cleaning. She was long overdue and I do indeed like a clean home.
Now that we have everything taken care of maybe now we can finally enjoy what little time we have left to be here.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid…………………………