Greetings from the Hawkeye State! We left Biloxi on the morning of the 12th as planned, and have had a great trip with great parks so far. So, let’s take a look at the past 11 days.
We were gone quite early, but had gotten to know the nice camp hosts quite well the afternoon before, so there were hugs all around as we departed. Thanks Clyde and Roberta for sharing all of the info on this beautiful park!
We traveled another 350 miles or so and stopped at an independent park in Cape Girardeau, MO. The park wasn’t all that spectacular, but the riverfront downtown was really neat. Was good enough for an overnight, but a bit pricey. One thing we have learned, and most of you likely know, is the independent parks are typically quite expensive, with close sites, and the city, county, state and national parks are cheaper with much more room.
We were up and at it early again on Sunday. Thank goodness for podcasts, as when we are travelling on Sundays, we usually listen to podcasts of churches that we’ve been too and liked over the past few years. We put on less than 300 miles on Sunday, which leaves us about 1.5 hours south of our destination of HWH in Moscow, IA for Monday. We found another gem of a camp ground. It is Wakonda State Park in La Grange, MO.
We departed earlier than planned on Monday, the 16th as some bad weather was moving into the area. We got out in good order and only ran into a few sprinkles on the way to HWH. We arrived just past noon, and were told to park in one of their electric only sites, and we would be seen first thing Tuesday morning. Just as Terri and I were getting ready to head out and explore, a knock came at the door and they said they could get some things accomplished today and hopefully get us on the road early Tuesday.
HWH is the company that manufactures and sells the air leveling system as well as the hydraulic slide outs for our Coach. Things have gone so radically wrong at other facilities, we decided to come to the source. Long story short…they fixed some minor things we knew they could, but stuff still isn’t quite right. May go back next week, as we are only 40 miles or so away. They do a free inspection each year, and found some air leaks that they won’t touch because it is not their components that are leaking. When we park, we are typically at 120PSI, and it used to hold that pressure for a few days. Now, we are down to less than 60PSI in under 12 hours. Not good, and the place that said they fixed all of my leaks, well, they didn’t.
In any case, we got some new manifolds and solenoids installed, and we will see how it all holds serve. So far, not so well.
We were out of there a little after three, and headed over to the north side of Davenport to Scott County Park which is located in Eldridge, IA. Another great place! This is a true first come, first serve park, but the lady at the ranger station was kind enough to say they had plenty of sites available in their full hookup area…$24 per night! She was right, plenty to choose from. Boy are we glad we got here on a Tuesday! Folks started pulling in on Wednesday, setting their rigs up, then leaving to go home and back to work. They come out this early just to secure a spot for the weekend.
We had planned to meet up with Ashley and family in WI for the Memorial Day weekend, but Dumb Ron waited too long to try and get reservations anywhere, so that is not going to happen. We will extend here until the 30th, the day that our reservations start at Cliffside Park in Caledonia, WI where we usually stay when visiting Ashley and family.
We had lunch at a nice place near their store, located in a huge renovated home overlooking the Mississippi. We then headed north along the river, and crossed over the river in Clinton, IA and came down the Illinois side of the river. We got back in time for Terri to start a fire and enjoy the evening.
Friday was spent running a few errands, and after noticing my awning over the living room slide was not working properly, we did some research and called Zip-Dee, the manufacturer. After some troubleshooting, we determined the spring is shot, so we have one on order. We had to go to an RV place to get it ordered, as the park here does not accept packages…and the post offices close at 2PM, so no chance to get a general delivery address. We wanted to get it ordered Friday so we have it early next week and can install it. I don’t want to travel without it repaired, as the spring tension is what helps keep the awning tight against the Coach when we travel. We could travel if we had too, but would need to use various methods to ensure the awning stays tight against the Coach. They last thing you want is an awning to fly out while doing 65 on the highway. Terri also bought her first hatchet today, so she spent quite a bit of time making kindling.
We’ve met some great people here that are from the local area, and were given many suggestions for what to do over the next week or so. Every Saturday morning they have a farmers market in down town Davenport right on the river. It was huge! We bought some cheese and some bread, then headed over to the quaint village of East Davenport. Another nice place with many shops and restaurants. I grabbed a haircut, and Terri shopped. After that we headed back to camp and enjoyed the evening.
Later in the day, we got a photo from Jason and Meghan…and their new camper! Can’t wait to join them in MI and WI in June!
Today has been a bit warmer, but nice once again. I took a bike ride this morning, and Terri has been busy cooking and organizing/cleaning the Coach. We said goodbye to a few folks we met this past week, and are being joined by new friends as we speak.
That about covers the past days. God willing, on the 30th we will head for Wisconsin, and enjoy most of the summer there, with a trip over to Michigan in late June for our nephews wedding, then back to WI for the 4th, followed later by a wedding in northern WI over Labor Day weekend, and then HOPEFULLY on to Maine and Vermont for the fall.
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!