Monday, November 25, 2013

Finally Time to Update!!!!

We are finally at our resort..after being on the road since Oct. 31st..we sure covered a lot of visiting on the way south this year. Now I remember why we used to wait and do the visiting on the way was cold on the way down.

We had a wonderful visit with our daughter Becky and SIL Matt in VA...we stayed a week with them. It was 2 years since we saw them so we crammed quite a bit of visitation in our one week with them. We shopped, visited, shopped, visited, shopped some more and we also toured the Monticello house which is the estate of Thomas Jefferson. Definitely a must see if your in the area.

Our Beautiful daughter Becky

Becky myself and our son in law Matt

Nothing like a mama -daughter hug

Monticello a must see if your in the area very interesting history here

We left the Richmond area on the 11th and motored over to Shelby NC to visit with Cathy Brent and Duffy. Altho Brent was still in New Bern we had a great visit with Cathy and Duff and as an added bonus Tina Cathy's sister was visiting from Ontario. We were pleased as punch to be there to celebrate Duffy's 15th birthday. What a special boy McDuff is..he was out of one of our litters 15 years ago. 
The Birthday boy-Happy 15th Birthday McDuff you are so special

He's definitely a 'superman'

After a wonderful visit there we motored onto Hendersonville NC to visit with my dear Aunt Kay, my cousin Pat and her Hubby Steve. 
Even tho Aunt Kay is 86 she moves like a 40 year old and I can't keep up with her. 
My wonderful Aunt Kay 86 years young

From there we met up with our friends Larry and Marilyn at Walkabout Campground in Woodbine GA. and spent the weekend together. Mar had a great supper all ready for us upon arrival...thanks for the great weekend...
Marilyn and I

Hows that for a cool a pub the four of us had supper at

After woodbine we were Florida bound...stopping in Lee Florida to visit friends Jeannie and Buck...always a great time at there place for sure. Buck has a great setup with full hookups. We left there on Thursday and arrived here after a long drive day. Did the basic hookup, and went out to supper with friends here in the resort. 
Friday was a deep cleaning day, laundry and organizing of the cupboards, closets and dressers...and we finished setting up the outside. Then it was off to Clewiston for supplies at walmart and the liquor store of course.

Today, dear friends Debbie and Kenny came to visit us and brought their new fur kids...two darling yorkies!! And what cuties they are. 

Saturday evening we played cards with Cheryl and Cal, and now we're crashing for the rest of the evening..
The weather has been excellent, hot and sunny, in fact its 9:54pm and Rick just left for a quick dip in the pool to cool off.
Sunday it was back to town to grab some forgotten supplies, and hosted our first dinner party, full roast beef dinner, wine and desert then a round of card playing.

I see some of you are at your winter homes safe and sound, and others are travelling, while some are still on the count down to leave. 
Be safe out there everyone...!! 
Elaine Rick Tucker and Lilly

Thursday, November 7, 2013

We are in Ashland VA and new wiper motor is installed

We arrived in Ashland VA which is just north of Richmond on Monday afternoon and were greeted by our daughter at the campground. We are staying at the "Americamp Campground" just off I95 at exit 89.

We have spent the last few days visiting and catching up with our wonderful daughter that we have not seen in almost 2 years since our trip to Mississippi.

The new wiper motor for Ossumer arrived as scheduled on Wednesday afternoon from Portland Oregon. This morning although it was cloudy and looking like it might rain I decided that I would try to get it installed. First we had to make room to work so Ossumer had to loose his front door to the generator.

We got the door off and a tarp down to catch any bolts or such that we might drop and loose in the gravel. The step stool is for us to sit on with our back to the genny and then reach up inside to install the motor.

The pic above shows the new motor installed. This was only a 10 minute job and went really well just a little uncomfortable reaching up to get the 3 bolts installed that holds the motor on the bracket and one nut that holds the linkage to the motor.

While trying to source a supplier for this motor I found that this same make "Denso" supplied the motors for many different motor homes so if others ever have this problem this could be a good starting point , just Google Denso wiper motors.

We are here in Ashland till Monday when we head to North Carolina forsome more visiting with friends and relatives then it will be off to Georgia to meet more friends we may never get to Florida.

Rick Elaine Tucker and Lilly

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Carlisle PA

Had a nice drive today from Fishkill NY to Carlisle PA. We are parked at Western Village RV Park a place we have visited before . The fall foliage is still beautiful here compared to home in NB where all the leaves have been on the ground for a few weeks.

This is the wiper motor that gave us all the grief on Thursday sure did not need it today nice sunshine although a little cool.

Tomorrow morning we continue south with a stop in Chambersburg PA to have a quick visit with Debbie our neighbor from The Glades Resort, then on to Richmond VA for a weeks visit with our baby girl Beck.

Safe travels to all the snowbirds making the migration south.

Rick and Elaine Tucker and Lilly.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wally Docking in Fishkill NY

Hi Yall we are finally in Fishkill NY...wally docking! 

Rick took the wiper motor off yesterday and we called around and toured around looking for a replacement but that was not to be. The Guy at Napa was wonderful he called anyone and everyone he knew, sadly it was to no avail. So we came back to the rig and fired it into the underbelly, cable tied the wipers together in the center of the windshield and said ok it is what it is. I did find the motor online in Portland Oregon, ordered it (great pricing 112.00) and we are having it delivered to our daughter and son in laws in VA. We plan to arrive there on Monday (weather permitting).

So we hunkered down for the day in Lewiston yesterdatm because of the nasty weather, we all ran to walmart for groceries, then back had supper and play mexican train for the evening.

Today we motored out of Lewiston toward our goal destination of Fishkill NY. The weather was suppose to be clear and cloudy all day with a 0% chance of rain. Murphy's law...

About 1 mile from our exit to Fishkill we had a bad traffic snarl (we think it was road work past our exit). We were 1.5 hours travelling that mile..and of course about 1/2 hour into the inching along it rained a shower. Wouldn't that just be our luck. At one point I was getting pretty freaky (it doesn't take much to make me nervous)...and Rick hopped out of the rig cut the cable ties and worked the wipers manually. Yesterday he talked about rigging up a rope and brining the ends in the window..but I wasn't sure that was the answer. 

Upon arrival here we ran into Walmart and picked up some Rain X..cleaner and invisible wiper stuff and he did the windshield while I made supper. We met a really nice guy in there auto department shopping, who saw us reading every bottle with Rain X on it..I was ready to buy them all..bless his heart he told us he has a hotrod with no wipers and that it was the greatest stuff. He told us what to get and how to use wasn't that nice of him.

The weather looks clear for tomorrow so our goal is to arrive in Chambersburg PA for the night. While there we hope to see our dear friend Debbie (our florida neighbour)..and our boy Fritz, who is at the vet as I type this he's had a pretty sick week of it and has been at the vet almost as much as the poor boy has been home. Thankfully it isn't life threatening it is severe gastritis and they will rehydrate him and settle things down. He's such a dear boy. We are all praying for a speedy recovery for him.

After supper Arch and Annie joined us and we played cribbage. Of course the boys beat us 2 games to our 1...Arch starting out of the gate with a 24 count hand sure helped them out.

The furkids have been wonderful travellers as usual...sleeping the time away on the sofa, waking only for quick pee breaks and treats.

Ok I'm off to shower and crawl into warm jammies and snuggle in with my book. Keep 'sun' dancing for us little friend back in Canada has been sun dancing for us all day..thanks Linds...I'm sure your pretty tired!!!!

Take care all...and be safe out there!!!

Elaine Rick Tucker and Lilly

Friday, November 1, 2013

We Are on The Road...But Sadly Not without Incident

We are safe and sound in Lewiston Maine, arrived late yesterday afternoon...

We left Riverview at approximately 7:30 yesterday -Arch and Ann and Rick and I....smooth sailing and no problems or holdups crossing the border, and stopped in Bangor to activate mifi and our cell phones. It was a good smooth travel day, no wind..but we hit rain between Bangor and Lewiston..

About 30 miles outside of Lewiston the rain started and a while later we heard a massive groan and crunch and our wiper motor fried....we limped the rest of the way into Lewiston without wipers..ughhh...

The important thing is we arrived safe and sound, went to supper in the hotel where we are parked up, and had a great nights sleep.

Hopefully today we can hit the Napa store after Rick takes the motor off and find a new one without too much of a hold up and once again be on our way. It could have been a lot worse than it was for sure!! So we are thankful...

We are all staying put today, due to the major wind and rain storm on the eastern we will hopefully get fixed up and be ready to roll out in the morning.

Have a safe travel day for those of you who are on the road..and we will update later today..

Rick Elaine Tucker and Lilly..