Sunday, February 27, 2022

February 2022

We came back to Tennessee after our Freightliner service in Red Bay Alabama. The weather has been cold and warm, typical Tennessee weather. On March 1st, we head to Indian Springs Campground at the Indiana/Ohio state line. Diesel fuel here is $3.69 and going up. Our Freightliner with the Cummins engine averages 8 miles per gallon so fuel is a big cost if we travel a lot of miles. We will be stationary most of the summer, being camp hosts at Versailles State Park starting April 1st. We applied for the host position two years ago so this is good timing with the high fuel prices.

It will soon take all body parts.

Two Rivers Landing is a favorite place.
Spring and summer rates double so we are leaving February 28th.

We always make good friends at Two Rivers. Bruce and Lois are work campers
this winter and are great people. We hope to see them again next winter. 

I saw a tv show about Mountain Dulcimers and a man in Townsend that
sells and makes them. I decided to buy one and learn to play it.
They are a string instrument and I need a lot of practice.

Two Rivers garage burned down in November.
The new garage is being constructed.

Versailles State Park C Area Host Campsite. We will be there April 1st.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 2022

 Plans changed for January. Out trip to Alabama for Freightliner service was delayed by snow. Tennessee seems to be in line for snow while Indiana has missed most of it. Another rain and snow storm is forecast for Sunday January 16. Our next appointment in Red Bay Alabama is now January 25th. We will head south when the weather is clear the end of next week.

As seen in Pigeon Forge

It has been in the 60's so the snow did not accumulate very much on the roads. Kentucky received most of the snow since the storm was west and north of us.

The snow was gone quickly and the temperatures are now in the 40's. The wind has been strong but it was calm for this photo of the French Broad River in front of our motorhome.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021

 Christmas in Tennessee has been warm and mostly dry, no snow this year. Last year was a white one. This morning, it's already 66 degrees and windy. We will be heading to Alabama on January 1 for annual service work, then returning to Tennessee for a while, staying at Two Rivers again. Maybe it will stay warmer than usual this winter. We still limit were we go, avoiding crowds due to lots of Covid cases in this state. We believe in vaccinations and have had all three doses but are still cautious. We may return to Indiana in March, depending on the weather. We will be campground hosts at Versailles State Park April through August.

Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are all decorated for Christmas.

Last year, it was cold and snow was about 5 inches deep for Christmas.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Tennessee December 2021

We are in Tennessee for December, staying at Cove Creek in Wears Valley. The weather has been similar to Indiana so far, lows around freezing, highs sometimes near 70. Another wind and rain storm line is due tomorrow with the usual threat of severe weather. No snow but tornados for Christmas? The usual crowds are here for shopping so the traffic is heavy day and night.

Our view of the mountains.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Southern Indiana

 We have been in Indiana since our return from Alabama. While staying at Starve Hollow SRA in Valonia, Indiana, we went on a short drive to see friends in French Lick. Valonia is west of Seymour, located in Jackson County. Another stop was Spring Mill State Park where the Gus Grissom Memorial is located. 

We will be in the Indiana area until mid November, depending on the weather. Snow, not cold, will make us head south.

Corn, called maze in many areas, is ready to harvest.

Soybeans are very colorful as they dry out.
They are ready to harvest when they are completely dry.

The Medora Covered Bridge from 1875. It's the longest covered bridge in the United States, spanning the White River. It is closed to traffic.

We found these odd remains south of Medora. Searching the internet, it 
was a brick factory until 1992. These structures are the twelve kilns where the bricks were dried in fire. More information about the plant is located here:

The state fish hatchery is located just south of the campground.

Grissom Memorial. He was from Mitchell Indiana, just west of the park.
He died in the Apollo 1 fire at Kennedy Space Center. We attended the 50th anniversary of the fire at the Kennedy Space Center launch site. See our post with photos from January 2017.

Gemini III on display.

Flag from Gus Grissom's funeral.

French Lick Casino

French Lick railroad rides on the weekends.

West Baden is next to French Lick. The West Baden Springs Hotel was
rebuilt in 1994. We were there when a helicopter replaced the top structures. 

You can stay here in the hotel. More information is here:

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Leak Fixed - Heading to Indiana

 We found a local service husband and wife team, Chad & Ashley Robinson, that replaced the leaking hose on Friday morning. Ashley folded herself into the smallest cabinet under the motorhome and was able to change the hose. I doubt anyone else could have managed to do that. Seeing her in there worried me that she could never get back out! The other way would be a major project to disassemble the plumbing panel to reach the hose. 

This was the shortest stay, three days, we ever had in Red Bay Alabama . We leave Sunday morning to drive to Indiana. This worked out great so we will not be here when the storms from hurricane IDA arrives in Red Bay by Sunday evening. Tornados are usually a threat when hurricanes strike the Alabama Gulf Coast and head north.

We always go to Red Bay when we need a repair. It's worth the drive to go to Red Bay. They have the parts and knowledge to handle anything we need. We do not go to any other RV dealers or RV repair shops.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Illinois and Alabama

 We left Kansas last week and went to Illinois, southeast of Springfield at the Bo Wood COE Campground. We intended to visit the Lincoln Museum and Home but did not get there. I think it may have been closed due to the virus. I had to get my every 8 week infusion of Remicade at a clinic in Springfield. That takes planning ahead a few weeks when we are traveling so I had that appointment arranged a month ago for Springfield.

When we arrived at Bo Wood, I discovered a water leak from our hot water system. I was working for a few days trying to locate the source of the leak. Yesterday, I figured out where the leaking hose was but I could not reach the hose. Today, we drove from Bo Wood straight to Red Bay, Alabama where I can have this repaired. It was a 450 mile drive through Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi to reach Red Bay, just across the state line from Mississippi. I don't trust other places to repair anything on our motor home so it's worth the trip to have it done correctly. Someone is stopping tomorrow morning to look at it but everyone here is very busy. I hope he can replace the hose quickly so we can head back to Indiana. The hurricane coming into the New Orleans area will push some bad weather in here by Tuesday so we would rather not be here then.

Here is some good advice.

When you think YOU can fix something, consider this!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Greyhound Hall of Fame

 The Greyhound Hall of Fame is in Abilene, across the street from the Eisenhower Library. Greyhound dog racing started in the early 1900's in the United States, in the Abilene Kansas area. This Hall of Fame is for the dogs and people that were famous in the dog racing years. Today, only a few tracks left among four states, West Virginia, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas. It was popular in Florida but all tracks were closed. The racing seems similar to horse racing with tracks and grandstands looking the same. We were the only people at the Hall of Fame, except the lady at the front desk and Ginger, a retired Greyhound that lives at the Hall of Fame.

You can find information about adopting a Greyhound at this link.

Ginger greeted us at the entrance.
I had never been close to one and she was quiet and friendly.

This is the "lure" that ran ahead of the dogs on a rail.
This kept the dogs running forward as they chased the lure.

The original "mechanical lure".

This was the starting gate. The dogs were loaded into these and released all at once, just like a horse race. The lure was just ahead of them when the gates opened.

Abilene Kansas, Home of Dwight D. Eisenhower

 We are at Abilene Kansas for three nights. Abilene is a nice clean town of 6800 with many large old homes that are maintained in great shape. Most are wood sided and painted, not vinyl sided. Abilene is an old western town started in 1860 when cattle drives came north from Texas. The Chisholm Trail ended in Abilene. Wild Bill Hickok was the town marshal for a short time in 1871. 

We stopped here to see the Eisenhower Presidential Library but of course it was closed due to the Covid-19 virus. We could only walk around the grounds to see the buildings. The most famous person was General Dwight D. Eisenhower from WWII, then became President for two terms, leaving office when John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960. I-70 is named the Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway. He started the interstate highway system in the 1950's. He knew that major roads were needed, as he learned from WWII when trying to move the army across Europe.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home

My photo through the locked door of the Library.