Saturday, May 6, 2017

CANTON, OHIO FOR THE SUMMER

Saturday, April 22 – We headed out of Blytheville, AR, early again this morning to do a little catching up from our disaster yesterday. Of course, it was raining but fortunately nothing very heavy. We traveled most of the day diagonally through Kentucky heading for a stop in Verona, KY, which is just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.

We have stayed previously at Oak Creek Campground in Verona, Kentucky. They offer a Good Sam/Escapee discount but are still near our top threshold at $27 per night. It is a super location just a couple miles off the interstate making it a great over-night stop. There just aren't many RV parks in the Cincinnati area. They have gravel streets and sites with 50 amp electric and water. No sewer connections at the sites, but they do have a dump station although in a crazy location.

Oak Creek Campground

Oak Creek Campground

Looking right.
Oak Creek Campground

Looking left.
Oak Creek Campground

This should be our last night on the road before reaching our summer spot in Canton, OH.

We are now at our summer home in Canton. We will not be posting much during the summer. We aren’t into posting each day about regular daily activities. Hope y’all have a super and dry summer.

our house

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A VERY STRESSFUL DAY!

Thursday, April 20 – We snuck (Sneaked was the original past tense and past participle for sneak. Used as early as the late 1800s, snuck has become the standard variant past tense and past participle of the verb sneak….just in case you are interested in a little English history…lol) through downtown Houston bright and early this morning. Traffic was heavy, but we moved right along and had no problems. We arrived at our destination – the Texarkana RV Park in Texarkana, TX, shortly after noon.

Texarkana RV Park is a very nice Passport America park. They have concrete streets and patios, large gravel, full hookup pull-thru sites, laundry, game room, a pond and rental cottages. We have never stayed in an RV park that has better placed sewer, water, and electric hookup locations. We have stayed at this park in the past and recommend it to fellow travelers passing through northeast Texas.

Texarkana RV Park

Texarkana RV Park

Looking right.
Texarkana RV Park

Looking left.
Texarkana RV Park

Bella was so happy to get off the road.
Texarkana RV Park

Friday, April 21 – Our sprint across the country continued today with an early departure from Texarkana, TX. We had many miles to cover and wanted to get an early start so we could be off the road by mid-afternoon. I suppose you hear God laughing at those plans! Two hours after leaving, just east of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Paul noticed smoke in his rear-view mirror. He quickly checked our tire monitor. It showed no indication of trouble. He carefully pulled over to the edge of I-30, a VERY busy interstate to investigate.

No flat! Everything looked fine. We waited a while to get our minds together and decided to move on down the freeway. Nope, we didn't get a mile before the smoke returned. After careful thinking, we decided it was either a brake on the 5th wheel was stuck “on”, or we had a bearing seize. Marsha checked on the Internet and found we should NOT drive with a bad bearing. So we called Coach Net, our roadside emergency carrier.

They said help would be quickly sent and even dispatched the Arkansas Highway Patrol to check on us. Officer Church, with the Highway Patrol, was there within minutes. We soon found out that additional help would not follow suit. The Officer lit up the side of the road with his blue lights which was a wonderful relief.

With help supposedly on the way, Officer Church had to move down the road, but he assured us we were safely off the highway, and he would return in about an hour to check on us. Hopefully, we would be gone by then. Unfortunately, we were still waiting for roadside service. Officer Church recommended we head for the next exit and offered to follow us with lights a blazing to keep traffic from rear-ending us. We had to stop twice because our wheel was smoking but at the second stop the roadside repair service caught us with us. Thank you to Officer Church. We have never met a more caring and concerned Officer. He even called us at 6:30 p.m. to be sure we were back on the road and safe. How wonderful was that!

They removed our wheel and chained up the axle so we could drive carefully to their repair facility. Officer Church again escorted us down I-30 until we exited the freeway.

bearing issue

We pulled immediately into the repair shop. The guys started work immediately. We would have been out of there in no time but they had to order parts from a nearby town and wait for over an hour to have them delivered. Not only was a bearing shot but we needed a new brake pad. $$$


bearing issue

It was a huge place.
bearing issue

These guys were so polite and concerned for us. They tried to get us back on the road as soon as possible. Thanks so much to Hartsell Farms & Excavating Co.

Hartsell Farms & Evcavating Co.

Our early departure this morning was destroyed to say the least. We broke down about 8:15 a.m. and did not get back on the road until 2:30 p.m. No way to make our intended destination so we found a stop in Blytheville, AR, where we had stayed previously and called it a day. What a stress filled day!

Grizzly's RV Park is absolutely nothing to write home about. It is good for one night only! PPA, $14.00/day FHUs. That is all we can say about it.

Grizzly's RV Park

Grizzly's RV Park

Looking right.
Grizzly's RV Park

Looking left…isn’t that beautiful.
Grizzly's RV Park

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ONE MORE DAY IN THE BIG CITY

Monday, April 17 – Monday was a work day for many Houstonians, so we took a walk among the towering skyscrapers enjoying the hustle and bustle of downtown. On one of our visits, Marsha wants to take the architectural walking tour. There are so many neat building designs in the city.

downtown Houston

downtown Houston

downtown Houston 

Well before the 1913 completion of the building we know today as The Rice, the land at 909 Texas Ave. was the site of the old Capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839, before it moved to Austin. The Rice is now a luxury apartment community which rents from $700 to $3,500 a month.

The Rice

A gorgeous chandler in the main lobby.
The Rice

We had hoped to visit the observation deck in the Chase building, the tallest building in downtown Houston, but the building owners went and closed the viewing area because it was disrupting daily business. We are glad we were able to visit the viewing area last year.

downtown Houston

Instead of visiting above ground,  we visited the underground area. This maze of tunnels is full of eateries and shopping venues mostly used by the men and women working downtown. These miles of underground sidewalks make a wonderful alternative to walking outside when temperatures top 100 degrees and the humidity approaches 100 percent. We were there during lunch time, so we enjoyed the workers heading off to their favorite lunchtime stops for a quick bite to eat.

downtown Houston

downtown Houston

We enjoyed the remainder of the day walking downtown and enjoying time together on Carrie's roof patio. A little cards and a few beverages was a fun way to relax and enjoy some “family time.” I should note the boys need to brag about their card playing powers. Dave won the game of cards, and Paul placed second. (Marsha says…Who cares!) The girls settled for the bottom three places. (Marsha says…That is not nice!)

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!