Happy Halloween all! We are currently enjoying the day, and likely a few more in the Cummins parking lot in Kenly, NC. We broke down shortly after hitting the road from Raleigh, NC on Saturday headed to FL. We will get to that story later, but first we’ll cover the past couple of weeks.
We headed out of VT as planned on the 10th, and took a longer route up and over Lake Champlain near the Canadian border and turned south in upstate NY. What a nice drive with all the color, and little traffic. We made it to a very busy campground and tourist area in Lake George, NY for the night.
We spent the 11th and 12th mostly in the area around Falls, PA and Tunkannock, PA. We were able to find the cemetery where Terri’s Great Great Great Grandfather and Grandmother are buried. We also spent quite a bit of time at the Wyoming County Historical Society in Tunkhannock, getting copies of old wills and newspaper accounts from the early 1800’s, all dealing with Terri’s relatives.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and dates are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder as you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
We were able to find Jacob’s will. We are stunned at how the wording of wills have changed over the years. It took us a while to get it typed out, and it was of course written in long hand, and kind of hard to decipher off of the microfiche. The folks back then stayed true to their faith for sure. It is a great read, and typed out exactly as written with their punctuation (or lack of it) as well.
Jacob Sickler’s Will
In the name of God amen. I Jacob Sickler of Falls township Luzerne county and state of Pennsylvania being sick and weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding (praised be God for it) and considering the uncertainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and to the end I may be better prepared to leave this world whenever it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say, First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator, hoping for free pardon and remission of all my sins and enjoy everlasting happiness in the heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ my savior, my body I commit to the earth at the discretion of my executors herein after named, and as to my property I dispose of as follows, I give and bequeath to my dear wife Hannah one half of the house where I now reside to her own proper use as long as she remains my widow, if she marries she is to have two beds two cows and other furniture necessary in proportion for keeping house. To my son William I give one bay horse that is called his and one hundred dollars to be paid to him in one year from next spring. It is my wish the two oldest sons William and Jacob Jr. should stay at home and take charge of the property that now is, likewise to take care of their mother and the young children, it is my wish that my son John should stay at home until he is of age, and then to fall in shares with the two oldest in taking care of the property, then my oldest sons William Jacob & John are to have all they can make with the property over and above supporting their mother and the young children comfortably until her death or leave them by marriage. It is my wish that when Miles my youngest son is eighteen years old the property should be divided provided his mother should be dead at that time, I give to my daughter Elizabeth two beds, two cows and furniture in proportion for housekeeping when she gets married if she does not marry to receive the above mentioned property at eighteen years of age likewise at the final division of the property Elizabeth to receive one hundred dollars, and I give to my daughter Hannah in equal proportions with Elizabeth my three oldest sons as above mentioned to have the one half of the dwelling house where I now live together with all other privileges of buildings, mills, farming utensils oxen cows and all other property to use occupy and enjoy as to therein shall seem proper until the day official division then to return their goods as they were or the value of them in proportion to the inventory when taken. The household furniture that now is to be in possession of my wife Hannah to use occupy and enjoy as to her shall seem proper while she remains my widow that is for her and the little children, at the decease of my wife the household furniture to be equally divided between my three daughters, it is my wish that Elizabeth have three months schooling at the expense of the three oldest sons, the other children younger than Elizabeth are to be sent to school to learn to read and write and cipher? sofaras the single rule of three at the expense of the three oldest sons. When Miles is 18 years old, should his mother be dead then the final division is to take place and the property to be equally divided between my seven sons, I now nominate constitute and appoint Luther Dailey, Isaac Smith & Jacob Sickler Jr. sole executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and former wills by me at any time heretofore made, in witness whereof I have heretofore set my hand and seal the fourth day of November AD in the year of our lord 1830.
[Luzerne County Wills Book A Page 369 Dated 4 November 1830]
It was really a lot of fun researching this with Terri and actually walking the ground her ancestors walked. After those fun two days, we were off again on the 13th, headed to the Twin Grove RV Resort in Pine Grove, PA. It was a really nice place, and easy access to bike trails, Gettysburg, Lancaster, and Pottsville where the Yuengling brewery is located. Here are some shots of our many days in that area.
The 14th was Terri’s birthday, so we headed over to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster for a great meal and a great show.
We had a great time! The weekend was spent touring and biking, as well as into the next week. The colors were not very visible when we first arrived, but that changed daily.
Later in the week we made it to Gettysburg. What a great tour back in time to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
Gettysburg is another must see if you get the chance. We spent most of the rest of our time in PA hiking and biking.
And just like that, our time was up and we headed on down the road. We landed at the Endless Caverns RV Park in VA for one night. This campground is very steep and very dusty. We could not get level in the fist site they gave us, so we found one that we were finally able to get level in.
We were up early on the 25th headed south. Terri found out that the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh, NC had full hookup sites for a fair price (HA HA). We always wanted to see this area, so we spent four days. I guess we never realized how close NCSU, UNC and Duke all were to each other. We traveled to each town (Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham) to see each campus. Really nice!
The above happens to be the only pictures I took for some reason. Our timing getting to Raleigh was just right, as the state fair had just ended. While the fair is going on, (most of October) you can’t stay at the campground. We also made a couple of trips to the state farmers market. Great produce and other wares to be had there. They are open 7 days a week. We got some great apples, butter beans, cabbage and other trinkets.
We were on the road at 0900 this past Saturday, and we were off of the road and broken down by 1000. We usually try to stop at a rest area after we have some miles under our belts just to be able to do a walk around of the Coach, check the connections to the truck and check the bike straps. Good thing we did that this time! When I got to the rear of the Coach, I noted the front of the truck was all wet, and when I looked under the rear of the Coach, I could see radiator fluid spraying out from who knows where. I ran back inside and shut down. After we let the engine cool for a bit, we got underneath and determined where the leak was. It looked like some kind of pump, so we dug into our tech manuals and determined the leak was coming from our Heater Booster Pump. Our Coach had three pumps that circulate the radiator fluid throughout the Coach for both cab heat (like the heater in your car) and the hydronic heating system. This pump is the one for the cab heat. One thing you gotta love about Terri is her desire and ability to jump into anything (most anything anyway.) The pump is located in a position on the Coach that I could not get into to see exactly where the leak was on the pump. Terri was able to slide underneath, and actually sit upright and get some good photos and determine exactly where the leak was.
Now that we were armed with as much info as possible, and knowing we could not fix it on our own, it was time to start figuring out what we were going to do. We did a search for Cummins Service Centers, and found out there was a Cummins facility that is also a Coach Care facility only 30 miles away from us in Kenly, NC. They are closed on weekends, but Cummins always has an emergency number. In short order I was on the phone with a nice guy named Jay. I explained the issue, and he stated he could send a mobile repair man out, but it would be a waste of money, since Cummins does not carry the pumps in stock. Not knowing how much coolant I’d lost, we decided to call Good Sam Roadside Assist and get towed to the Cummins facility.
Now the long wait really started. Good Sam was not able to find a company that was willing to tow us on the weekend. We figured we’d get some antifreeze and put some in to see if we could possibly determine how much we lost, and if not too much, try to drive to the Cummins facility. After adding two gallons, we still could not see any coolant in the reservoir…not good. We were getting ready to determine how we were going to spend the weekend at the rest stop, when Good Sam called back and said they had found a tow company in Durham, and Good Sam also approved the tow to Cummins for no extra charge. This roadside plan paid off again, as the tow would have been $1,500.00.
The tow truck was dispatched at 3:00. We were hoping to get on the hook and in the Cummins parking lot before dark. He showed up at 4:30.
Yesterday we went back to the state farmers market and checked out the thriving metropolis of Kenly. We found a really neat antique shop in Selma that had tons of things to look at. When did stuff that we had as kids become antiques??
Well, the technician just came back…they got the old pump off, and now they can order the new one. The Coach is back parked in its spot, and now we wait for how long it will take to get the part in. I called the campground where we will be staying in Orlando to see if I can get a rebate for a few nights since we will not be there tomorrow, and of course the answer is no. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.
That’s all for now…hoping for a quick ship and a quick fix and looking forward to getting back on down the road. As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!!