Lets see where are we at...When you reflect back on the Rally - it seemed like we were there forever and that we knew each other forever too.
Sunday came with more rain - drizzle just to annoy those who had to hook up.
Steph had the hardest hook up cause my little LB was right in her straight line But that did not stop Steph from handling that big 2500 Ram right into place the first go!!! With several walk arounds - lots of hugs and well wishes for a safe trip home - Steph was the first to leave - (except L&L of course who left the day before)
Then came Suz - a stella performance and proably the second hardest line up as she had both Paulas and Jamies rigs infront of her. Not too mention the shelter real close by. The only hiccup was the camera - that I had placed on Suz bumber - as it was sitting on a chair - it got squished - I did a bit of magic on it to get the lense to work - but not sure if I wrecked it or not - so I am sure SUZ YOU WILL LET ME KNOW!!!! so that I can replace it if it is broken - PLEASE! A small back up and off Sue Went - behind Vickie who was quietly hooking her beautiful rig up with no fuss no muss - hmmm you would think she had done that before
That left Carol, Jamie, Paula and myself. Karen had the easy exit - with no trailer. Jamie would have been hard pressed to leave without a TV
Next was Paula - another one quietly hooking up her baby with lots of experience. I had sneaked my hook up in while Steph and Jamie were checking the hensley - just incase Steph wanted me to pull forward out of her way.........
....and then there were three - we spent the afternoon packing up our own babies - some just putting things away in cupboards (oh how I wish) while I had to transfer the contents of LadyBug back to the Yukon. It was a really hot afternoon and very humid - so it was another adventure to the shower room - wow I would love to say what happens in a rally stays there on this comment BUT - they were probably the worst I have been in. And we will be letting them know on their website.
The AC in Carols trailer was a welcome safe haven - and we chatted while Jamie and her family reunited - I think they were relieved that Jamie had survived. They had dinner together. Jamie popped by with some wings that were great - I did feel like I was in a silver jail being served my ration tee hee - just kidding - it was a funny feeling - where the rally had finished - but we were still there.
Along came a camp fire, marshmellows and oh boy the bottles that did not get opened for the wine tasting. The three of us along with Doug just felt compelled to taste them - as they had travelled all that way. There was the Kawartha Riesling, and BlackCurrent Merlow. The Workikng Girl Merlow, The new England Merlow and one that was tempting us but we did not know how long it had been opened.
There are no pictures of this event girls nor will there be any commentary - let us just say that we had a great hurrarrr to end the rally....
Monday morning - almost afternoon and I felt I really was in an oven. It was damp when I went to bed so the buddy heater went on and stayed on! The FFVent was pulling air in and that air already at 11:00 had to be 90 plus the humidity...I was dying, dehydrated and was having flash backs of the night before.....I have arrived home with some bruises because Carol was pushing me around
Then it came - the big reality check - I had a porta potti that I had to empty - another first - pulling a leever on the trailer is one thing but actually taking one of them things apart and tipping it into a hole is another!!! The sign in the bathroom said you can not do it in here so it was the BRIDGE or nothing.
And Paula knows all about the BRIDGE - in fact just before we left for the trip - the big RED flag was sent to us all - it was like hearing it on the radio - War of the Worlds.....
I was chuckling at that before I left because I knew I had no tanks - so it was not going to be an issue and I would not have to deal with the BRIDGE.
At 1:30am Thursday Night I had my first encounter with the BRIDGE - why? because I had no idea where to go when I got the campground - I turned a corner and staring me in the face was a little bridge - I was not about to turn around so onward I went - then seeing the dump sign I knew I was in the wrong section of the camp - so back I went over the bridge.
Now daylight and with a mission the bridge was the least of my worries.
And just to put you all at ease here is the LadyBug saying "what was all the fuss about"
When I returned to the camp Carol was all hooked up and we were finally ready to pull out. We were getting a really early jump - 4:00pm
Yeah as if I was going to start my trip back to Canada at that hour. We set our sites for the Terra Port.
Just in case you think we might still be there - here is the pic of us on the Poor Farmers road at the stop sign heading out....
Only Carol and I will truly understand how we were feeling in that terribly hot afternoon. And felt it necessary to set up the squackers for a 1/2 hour trip up the road to JC
We were on the road lets see - 15 minutes (half the trip to JC) and I squacked - you go ahead I will meet you at exist 102 - my battery compartment door is open and the battery has jumped out about 6 inches.
Could just here what the people behind me were saying.....
I pull over on the I75 and of course stopped the door right over the remains of I have no clue but it sure stanKKK - got the battery back in and clips now duck taped but the tape was in the trailer and I had to unlock the door - now being a female persuasion you can guess where the keys stayed ----IN THE DOOR and where was I when I noticed them - back on the I75.
Getting back on the interstate with a pepi little Yukon and pulling a feather was tough enough and I thought an exit would be much better for this next impromtu stop.
Exit 99 a lovely on and off place - but the keys in the door was a sign to let me know that the pin on the lower door hinge was only 1/4 inch from becoming another projectile - I never knew ladyBugs could be such vicious insects..
I finally hooked up with carol at exit 102. We sauntered to the Terra Port - wow being on the partied out side - hungry and almost 5:30 the prospect of heading home to Canada with the possibilty of every concievable part falling off the trailer like in my dreams earlier that morning - I pleaded with Carol to stay the night and deal with some warranty issues on her BEAUTIFUL AIRSTREAM!!!!!!!
My battery had died and I brought no charger with me and wanted to pick up the two items from Wal-Mart - battery and stabilizers - oh yes ran out of clothes for the trip why - cause my trip was extending by the minute - so picked up some T's and shorts. Then headed to the Terra Port - I think???
Got settled and was overheating from the humidity - and bribed Carol for a cold shower but I had nothing to bribe her with. Just as we pulled in we met Michael - Artstream. He has been faithfully following this thread. I felt sorry for him and threw cautionn to the wind. I had one more bottle of Merlot to dispose of and thought it might be a really really good idea to pawn the stuff off on some unsuspecting Airstreamer
But really I did it because I wanted to get home some time this summer.
We got a great tour of Michaels set up and was checking out his art. I fell in love with it and the colours were just so perfect in the LadyBug
. that was the vintage luggage I actually packed my stuff in - and Annie found special little lady bug tea towels. There is Michaels print on the shelf and the T-shirt I bought too. Good salesman that Michael!
Hey look way off in the distance on the right side of the fence - who would have figured the Airstream Factory.....
We had a nice evening - the heat cooled somewhat. Then Carol discovered her Water heater was not working. Something to keep us there in the morning....and add yet another first to our adventures....Carol learned how to change out the fuse in the Water Heater!!! and was proud to do the victory dance.
Finally it was time to actually head home from a great Rally. With both squakers dead (yeah another woman thing - we never seem to put things back on their chargers do we). Trying to figure out the phones was a lost cause - so we settled for the flashing to get off if either was in trouble or needed a break.
We took it nice and slow and made several stops mostly I think for me to reasure myself that everything was okay with the ladybug and nothing was going to fall off.
And so it was - we parted ways at 196
and I thought that was the last I would see of Carol for many months to come....Sad but still Happy as I was now headed to see Stephanie AGAIN Poor Steph everytime I visit I am picking up parts - she must think she is the new International Postal service for us. Hopefully one day we can just get together to CAMP! I had a wonderful time again with Steph and her two fellas - and was privilaged this time to play Engineer and build a figure 8 track for Thomas the Train and his friends. It was nice that it was terrible weather as I got to spend a couple of extra hours with Steph. But I was getting ancy to get my trip underway - it was already 11:00am.
If I thought the storm at Stephs house was bad - when I got on the I69 it was awful - it was the only time I was glad that I was driving through construction - SLOW!!!!! It cleared just before Lapeer but the clouds did not look good at all - I do not have a weather radio but from my boating experience they were not to be messed with.
So the call was put out - Carol want coffee at Exit 155???? bring the weather report with you. I just kept going once I got to the exit and landed at Carols house instead tee hee
Just for one last goodbye....Checked out the weather station and the bad weather band ran from Carols all the way to my place - decided I'm hanging even longer.
Had a really nice dinner and the privilage of sleeping with Orie - it made my extra night away from my own fur babies that much easier. Brad was a good sport and took me to Wal-mart to check out a window AC that I was thinking of getting - even to the point of getting the manual out of the box - but then came that woman thing again - indecivness so I ended up passing and will have to make another trip to pick one up.
My final evening in Michigan ended with this picture
Almost the Wrath of God hoovering waiting for the moment to snap LadyBug right off the ground - the lighting and stillness was so erie.
As Carol has already mentioned - my trip started with a BANG - it was here my punishment already...
In my house the dogs would be freakin and I would have jumped out of my skin - although I did - but I had to wake up their dogs and go wake up carol to tell her that there was just and explosion and all the alarms are going off!!!
What a RUSH!!!!