8-14 Jan 2015; Survived the Cold, A Quick Visit, Moves, and a Contract!

What a wild week!  I know I said last time the posts would be more frequent, but it’s been kinda crazy around here.

We came through the cold temperatures in grand shape. No freeze problems at all. As I was afraid of, a few of the folks that didn’t disconnect their water lines and didn’t have heated hoses or bibs did freeze up. Thankfully that didn’t cause all of the park water to freeze up. I do have a nagging air leak again, and think I can get it to where it needs to be for the trip back to Florida. I think most of the issue was the freezing temperatures. The system airs up fine, but degrades to about 90 PSI fairly fast at which time the pump kicks in and gets me back up to my nominal 120 PSI. I certainly don’t want a major leak while traveling. Hopefully we will be in good shape before we pull out.

On Saturday we took a trip up to Winnsboro, SC. It is about an hour and a half from Sumter, and is where Justin and Mandi were staying for the weekend.  Justin’s Uncle and Grandfather have houses there. It is a fantastic property, and loaded with history.

Terri, Justin, Mandi and Peyton on top of the piles of granite left from the Civil War.

Terri, Justin, Mandi and Peyton on top of the piles of granite left from the Civil War.  This pile is about 20 feet high and goes for at least a quarter mile.

There is a railroad track that runs on the border of the property, and it is apparently from the Civil War.  According to Justin’s Uncle, a lot of the stone was left behind after the war.  His Uncle has done some absolutely remarkable things with the stone…everything from gardens, to fire rings, signs, markers, planters, and on and on.  It was a real treat to see this piece of history.  While we were walking near the tracks, we heard what sounded like an old John Deere tractor, and it turned out to be about 5 “mini” engines with repair carts.  We talked to one of the workers and learned they are trying to restore the track so they can extend the current train tour that currently runs near a town called Rion.  If I get back here again some day, I really want to learn more about the track and the stone and all.  We were lucky enough to have Peyton with us, as Jason and Meghan were busy packing for their move and Jason had a going away party at his work later that night.

Peyton loved the lake on the property, and was thrilled to see her Aunt Mandi and Uncle Justin again.

Peyton loved the lake on the property, and was thrilled to see her Aunt Mandi and Uncle Justin again.

Since that time we have all been in major move mode.  Jason is finishing up his deployment here, and he and Meghan have been busy as bees getting everything in the house packed for the trip back to MD. We have been able to spend a lot of time with Peyton and Logan as a result, not to mention spending a lot of quality time with Jason and Meghan.

Well, the truck arrived today, and Jason and I got busy loading it.  We made a good dent in it all before it was time to call it a night.  If all goes well, their plan is to hit the road on Sunday.  They are using ABF U-Pack for the first time.  It seems pretty neat  they drop the truck off, you pack it, and they drive it to where you want it.

A lot of truck to fill!  We got most of the heavy stuff loaded tonight. Just a lot of odds and ends yet left to figure out how to piece into the puzzle.

A lot of truck to fill! We got most of the heavy stuff loaded tonight. Just a lot of odds and ends yet left to figure out how to piece into the puzzle.

Let’s see, what else is happening?  Oh yea, we got A CONTRACT ON THE HOUSE!  What an answer to prayer this whole thing is.  I’ve mentioned several times that the house not selling was becoming a bit of a drag on our budget.  Everything seems to be on track for a 30 Jan close, so pray all goes well.  For this reason we will try to break camp here a bit early and hope to head for FL on Saturday, as we have A LOT to do.  We need a larger storage unit, so we will need to transfer everything from the storage unit we have, as well as move everything from the house there as well.  We also have physical and dental appointments scheduled, and I’ve been busy making address changes, insurance changes, etc., etc.  Those of you that have ever moved know what all that entails.  If you would like our new address, please e-mail us at ronandterrirvlife@gmail.com, our personal e-mails if you have them, or message me.

We are thrilled to be entering this next stage, but a bit overwhelmed as well with all that needs to be done in a couple of short weeks.  I also have an appointment for the coach with my favorite maintenance guy to take care of a few lingering issues that I have not been able to take care of.  We hope he doesn’t have the Coach too long, as we will need to load it for the long haul midway through the last week of Jan.

Thanks to all of you for the prayers and good wishes over the past four months, they have been greatly appreciated.  Also thanks for all of the offers for places to park along the way as we make our trek to TX in March.  We are looking for suggestions on which way to head to Oregon in Mid April or May, so if you have any good ideas, send them on!

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