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Three Unusual Happenings That Ended In Hastings, Nebraska

Jim says:

Today was a rather unusual day. We departed Maryville, Missouri at 9:00 AM and I was at the wheel as we went down U.S. Highway 136 West. About 1.5 hours later we passed through the last town in Missouri by the name of Rock Port. We were expecting to cross the Missouri River into Nebraska in just a few miles when we came upon a huge fluorescent orange warning sign that stated…

MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE…8’6″ MAXIMUM WIDTH.
(It didn’t say why this was so…just those words)

Before we knew it we were passed the sign and did not get a picture of it. Nonetheless…we had a problem as our motorhome is 8’6″ wide…not including the mirrors! What to do???

I pulled into a large gas station parking lot to assess the situation. Since we could not cross the Missouri River on Highway 36 I decided to head northwest on Interstate Highway 29. On we went for 20+ miles until we came to U.S. Highway 2 which finally allowed us across the Missouri River. Mary snapped this photo of the Missouri River with my camera. This is the very river boated by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Once across the river we followed Highway 2 for a quite a while which unfortunately heads North to Lincoln…and we wanted to go West! Finally I found a way to avoid downtown Lincoln and got on U.S. Highway 6 headed West. That detour took us approximately 100 miles out of our way and was the first of today’s three unusual happenings.

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Next happening was the weather. Once across the Missouri River a light misty rain began and continued off-and-on for the remainder of the day. The unusual part was the temperature which was a high of only 70 degrees! The most delightful temperature we’ve experienced in a LONG TIME! It was wonderful not being in all the heat and humidity we’ve experienced for so long! That was unusual happening #2.

I drove 165 miles in 4.5 hours when Mary took over the wheel in Friend, Nebraska heading for our day’s destination of Hastings about 65 miles distant. The terrain in Nebraska so far has not been as hilly as Missouri. Pretty near every little town has some of these huge grain silos…

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Finally we arrived in Hastings and pulled into the parking lot of American Legion Post #11. I went inside to ask permission to park for the night. I was greeted by the Manager Deneeta Svoboda who readily granted permission. She soon was telling me the story of how this American Legion Post will be closing on September 30th. I found out she had a beer that Mary would like and went out to the motorhome to fetch her. To make along story short, Deneeta turned out to be a bubbly, effervescent type of gal with whom we were soon chatting like we had known her all of our lives. A really fun gal…Mary and she hit it off just grandly. We were the only customers in the place so it was really easy to chat.

Among the things we talked about was Deneeta’s cleanliness of the place She proudly boasted of the cleanest public bar restrooms we could ever find. I checked out the mens room and by golly you could eat off of the floor. Here’s the photo to prove it…

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Here’s the unusual part…I stayed two hours and had two Miller Lites in that time then left to go out to the motorhome to get something to eat. You need to understand…Mary is a one beer drinker. By time I left she had had two beers, a shot of Irish Whiskey and was drinking a scotch and water. After a total of 4.5 hours she finally returned to the motorhome! She confessed to having two more scotch and waters after I left. So, that’s unusual happening #3. Mary just does not drink like that. She told me more than once…”I’m smashed”. She said she drank a lot of water during the night but appears to be fine this morning. Here’s a photo of Mary and Deneeta…

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I got the feeling Mary must have really been needing some girl time instead of hanging around me all the time!

Another fun day in the full-Time RVing lifestyle. As I’ve said before…it’s a lousy job, but someone’s got to do it!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Maryville, Missouri

Jim says:

Yesterday was another about 200 mile driving day with Mary driving about 100 miles.

Before I tell you more about our drive. I wanted to show you how Mary does Yoga in the motorhome. First she stands the mattress on the side of the mattress platform…

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Then she puts down her yoga pad on the mattress platform. She sets her computer off to the side so she can follow her video instructor. She performs this activity pretty near every day. Good for her!

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Okay finally on the road at 9:00 AM. Within five minutes we crossed the Mississippi River into the southeastern corner of Iowa.

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Within five minutes thereafter we crossed the Des Moines River into Missouri and headed west on U.S. Highway 136 West. Still lots of corn!

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As we progressed the terrain became rolling hills and always gently rising as we head towards the Rocky Mountains still several hundred miles away.

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While at her turn behind the wheel we came across a closed road ahead sign on Highway 36. We ended up taking a detour which took us about 30 miles out-of-the-way we wanted to travel. Some of this detour road was quite narrow and rough with a number of potholes..but Mary handled it just fine. However I must confess I’m not yet comfortable about taking a nap while she is driving. She’ll get lots of practice on this part of the trip heading back to California. I have no doubts she’ll end up becoming a fine motorhome driver.

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Because of the slow going on the detour road we fell short of our intended destination. So we spent the night in the American Legion Post #100 parking lot in Maryville, Missouri.

A couple of interesting facts about Maryville are…it’s the birthplace of Dale Carnegie and also the home of the Energizer Bunny…we went by the factory on the way into town.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Maryville, Missouri…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryville,_Missouri

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Hamilton, Illinois

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I drove the motorhome about 250 miles to Hamilton, Illinois which is about two miles from the Mississippi River before crossing into Missouri. We spent the night in a VFW parking lot.

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For only the second time on the trip Mary drove the motorhome yesterday about 150 miles. Now that we have left the densely populated east coast and traffic is lighter, it’s time for Mary to get accustomed to driving the motorhome.

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Along the way we saw lots of corn!

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Mary has decided that unless there is something unique/special to stop and see, she’d just as soon we continue on our way to her home in Murphys, California where she has lots of stuff needing her attention.

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Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty…

Jim says:

In yesterday’s Blog entry I ranted and raved about the U.S. Postal Service. and it was well deserved.

When I went to the Pensacola Post Office on Friday in search of my package and it wasn’t there…Sandy (who would be the only employee working there on Saturday), volunteered to call me if it came in. She did call and it did come in. Hallelujah!

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Sandy – A service orientated postal employee.

The Priority Mail package that took five days from St. Louis, Missouri to Pensacola, Florida, a distance of 734 miles. I think it must have traveled by Mule-Express!

Back to the motorhome…time to install this puppy dog. Its function is to take the 20 volts created by the solar panel and reduce it to 14.1 volts so the coach batteries do not boil. Once the batteries are fully charged it shuts off the current flow. When I use the batteries for a function like watching TV, the controller once again allows the current to flow into the batteries until they reach full charge.

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Not a very complicated device…just have to be sure to get the wires in the right connection.

It took about one-half hour to install properly. The reason it malfunctioned was because the original installer did not properly secure the wires to something stable. While bouncing down the road the wires jiggled around and broke the connector off of the circuit board. I’ve got the wires secured now and hopefully I’ll not have to deal with this issue again.

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Installation complete…functioning properly.

Sandy retires in one year, two months and two weeks and wants to go RVing! Happy Trails, Sandy!

Thanks, Sandy for going out of your way to assist me!

Thanks to American Legion Post #240 in Pensacola, Florida for allowing me to park in their lot for the last 13 days while I took care of this matter.

I’ll be back on the road again soon.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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A busy day…

Jim says: To start the day, the solar panel charge control unit which regulates the amount of electrical charge going from the solar panel to the coach batteries in the motorhome decided to stop working…looks like a defective solder joint on the circuit board. Fortunately right now I’m plugged into electricity and don’t need the solar panel. I contacted the manufacturer in St. Louis, Missouri who instructed me to return the unit to them for repair or replacement. Then to the Post Office to get it on it’s way.

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The defective solar charge controller.

The heater core in the Bronco decided to start leaking a couple of weeks ago. I bypassed the heater core so that it would leak no further. Fortunately it’s not been cold and the heater was not needed and I’ve not been in a convenient place to work on it. So I set about removing it from the Bronco so I can replace it with a new unit. After a couple of hours of selected cussing (have I told you before the that Bronco is a real pain in the butt to work on?), I finally got the defective heater core out. I’ll pick up the new unit at NAPA tomorrow.

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The leaking Bronco heater core.

On my way to Walmart to pick up a few items, I saw a Teen Challenge group doing hand-washing of vehicles. So, I got both the motorhome and Bronco washed…they both really need it.

That’s how I spent my day. How about you?

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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