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Old 08-12-2018, 02:10 PM   #5433
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Hi Maggie!
Estes Park is a nice town with great views. Deer walked through the RV park regularly when we were there. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 08-12-2018, 04:31 PM   #5434
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Thanks, Jane.

We are back in our campground, with modest signal, and after dry camping 5 nights are looking forward to the comforts of amenities overnight.

We were four volunteers this week, including a man a bit younger than me who brought his 15 year old grandson, plus 5 young men from a Virginia Job Corps Site.

With two leaders, I was the only female with 10 men of varying ages. They do get female volunteers, I’ve just mostly missed them.

I mostly did windows, setting of glass, caulking, glazing, painting and staining, also got in some hand chipping and trimming of logs and assorted other tasks that did not include the stripping and replacing of the roof which the smallest and most agile of the men did.

The roof work was hard, hot, dirty work, and these guys looked like they’d been in the coal mines by the end of the day.

We had good weather, home cooked meals and plenty of hard work in the fresh Colorado air.

I was a bit Mama and Grandma to some, did some mending of torn pants, encouraging and nurturing where needed, and was treated with respect and courtesy.

One of the leaders had a dog, Odie, which Lily took to immediately. They quickly became a pack of two, and where Lily went Odie wanted to be, including accompanying us on our early morning walk. They were cute.

The young man in this picture is Nick, one of the Job Corps kids, who were all in their early 20’s, and these are two of the 5 windows we made this week and then installed this morning.

Nothing in this old cabin is symmetrical and true, as one would expect with a modern home, so there was a fair amount of jimmying and manipulating, trimming of this and adding shims under that, to get the windows in place. It was interesting.

I stained replacement parts of an outside door, also shutters others made, which we made to blend with the old parts by rubbing dirt into the paint while it was still sticky...and it worked very well.

The Interstate is filthy, inside and out, so I’m going to clean today and find a carwash tomorrow...it’s very dry here, with lots of dust.

I couldn’t be more pleased with my summer adventure, and hope to do several of these projects next year. There’s a lighthouse in Louisiana in the works, I’m hearing.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:42 PM   #5435
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Lily has been an outdoor dog these past 5 days, and she is very tired...
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:43 AM   #5436
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I had a pm early evening from Debbie Ray, who was riding her bike in my campground and spied what looked to be my new Interstate...which it was.

I told her if she didn’t mind I was already scrubbed head to toe and in my pjs to come on over for a visit...so she did, and we had a face to face chat, which was great.

Nice lady, and thanks for reaching out.

We’re going to do laundry and labs this morning, also find a car wash, then plot a course into the Black Hills...

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Old 08-14-2018, 11:53 AM   #5437
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Got my choring done yesterday morning and began heading north.

South of Cheyenne I began experiencing intermittent loss or reduction of engine power, then the check engine light came on.

I limped into town, made some phone calls from the wait line at Blue Beacon...after being told by Freightliner and Peterbilt here that no one in the area but MB in Loveland, CO could even diagnose much les do any work relative to my engine problem, I was referred by one independent place to Haller’s Repair in downtown Cheyenne.

Haller’s actually works primarily on these vans and small RV’s on these Chassis, and not only can repair them but took me in off the road for service this morning and we are sitting here as I speak.

The air filter is full of dust, and there is also a split in the “charge air cooler pipe”. The notoriously faulty turbo resonator is okay.

They are getting parts, I stayed in a campground last night but will spend tonight in their parking lot...and be back on the road tomorrow.

Debbie and I were talking the other evening about on the road repairs, and agree they are part of the privilege of travel.

It is a pia, but I am grateful it happened here and there is a competent repair shop to fix it.

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Old 08-14-2018, 12:03 PM   #5438
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Hi Maggie,
Tincampers had a similar problem on his recent Alaskan venture. Same with me several years ago on my Jeep diesel. Apparently goes with owning a Mercedes Diesel which is a wee bit unfortunate. Parts are normally slow to arrive but it sounds like you are in good hands.
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:38 PM   #5439
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I feel in good hands, they are a reputable shop, and the owner has showed me everything, explained things thoroughly, etc.

Were it up to the first two places I called, I would have headed back into Colorado...maybe had to have been towed there.

I learn something new most days.

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Old 08-14-2018, 03:53 PM   #5440
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Hi Maggie,
Tincampers had a similar problem on his recent Alaskan venture. Same with me several years ago on my Jeep diesel. Apparently goes with owning a Mercedes Diesel which is a wee bit unfortunate. Parts are normally slow to arrive but it sounds like you are in good hands.
Reading Tincampers Alaska thread, and his turbo hose issue, very similar problems and looks like IB recently had one, too.

We love our older rigs, but things do predictably wear out and need replaced, so going with the flow is important.

I not only have a spot in Hallers parking lot for the night, the owner practically insisted I accept electricity.

Repair shops making space for travelers with emergencies is so very appreciated, and very good business...I will do a nice review on this place after I leave.

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Old 08-14-2018, 08:12 PM   #5441
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The Mercedes Diesel that was in my 2008 Jeep GC now has about 300,000 miles on it and it still works fine. The key is doing what you have always done and that is keeping up with the maintenance, going with the flow. Well done. Incidentally, I just counted them up. 12 nights total in dealers lots for 3 separate repairs while travelling. The price we pay for fun.
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Yes...we do it willingly, and we embrace it.

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Old 08-15-2018, 06:58 PM   #5443
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UPS didn’t arrive with my new turbo hose til just after noon today, but oil, filter and air filter were already changed so we were on the road in time to get a few hundred miles under our belt this afternoon.

We spent about 48 hours in Cheyenne, but it could have been worse.

Skipping the Black Hills, which I was looking forward to poking around, we are due in MN on Friday so charting a course north and east.

The young man who serviced my Interstate this morning complimented me on how nice it was, and how clean , also said that mechanically it was in very good condition.

The manager also told me that replacing the turbo hose is the most common problem they see with these rigs....which, in the great scheme of things, doesn’t seem too bad.

I like places that look everything over carefully, check the pressure in your tires, etc., as part of their service, whatever it is you are in for.

Hallers Repair in Cheyenne, Wyoming...I would go there again, but hope I don’t have to.

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While we were driving today...8 hours on the road, with a couple of quick stops ...Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died.

I liked Aretha, and greatly appreciated her music and vocal talents, but Doug loved her.

He knew every word of every song she ever sang, and could/would bop enthusiastically around the kitchen whilst singing them at the top of his lungs.

I imagine his spirit watching her final hours, waiting patiently to greet her once she arrived in heaven, then gently taking her hand and bowing to kiss it, professing his longstanding devotion and adoration.

Doug loooooved Aretha.

Once she’s settled in up there, I hope you two get a chance to dance together, honey.

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Old 08-16-2018, 06:26 PM   #5445
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That is a nice image!

Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin.



How about posting a tune of hers on the Music Choice thread, to go along with Change Is Gonna Come, just posted?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...is-129121.html
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I don’t know how to copy a video to post, Peter, but one of Doug’s favorites was “Chain of Fools”....he would pretend he was holding a microphone, sing and dance.

He danced well, too, taught by the brothers at Iowa Wesleyan.

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