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Old 09-14-2016, 01:06 PM   #2961
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It's fine, this is a good time to pick up the next bunch of things and be in charge of them. Mimi gives good advice.
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:09 PM   #2962
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She does give good advice, and goodness knows I don't have trouble taking charge of things.


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Old 09-14-2016, 09:28 PM   #2963
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After 3pm when we left the MB dealer in Eugene and headed back to Gail and Bay City. Yikes.

It has been an intense couple of days, but lots is now done and the Interstate should be good to go for quite awhile.

Altho costly, I am comfortable with what the service guy recommended, and think it fortuitous that Cummins couldn't service this engine and sent me there...things needed tended to, and it was a wake-up call for me to get on top of the mechanical things.

Unfamiliar to me, I have been in denial about the necessity of learning.

He did say several times that the engine looked great for 176,000+ miles, tho, and pointed out that I drove onto their lot so apparently have been taking care of it.

Tomorrow we're going to drop it off to have the black tank looked at, and do some poking around antique shops in the area.


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Old 09-14-2016, 10:05 PM   #2964
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So, aside from the mechanic's bill, your Interstate is doing just fine. Yay!
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #2965
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Dropped the Interstate off at Tillamook RV this am, where they predict a new valve is needed, and are going to get it done today so that I can start I heading inland as planned in the morning.

They were a bit horrified at the location of the sewer connection in this rig...something Doug cursed often, and I have done the same.

Gail and I got a Starbucks....she is addicted to Starbucks ...then took Lily for a run on Rockaway Beach.

Dogs can run loose on the beaches here, and she has had a blast.

Poked around a few shops and had lunch at the little restaurant overlooking the beach...lovely.


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Old 09-15-2016, 08:12 PM   #2966
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Kudos to Tillamook RV, who got the valve replaced for me and I now have a fully functioning sewer connection.

The moral to this story....don't wait, it will only get worse.

They recommend dumping a couple of gallons of hot water with 1/4 cup vegetable into the (empty) black tank periodically, to keep the valve lubricated and working properly.

This one was 10 years old, tho, so Doug would say it didn't owe us anything.


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Old 09-16-2016, 07:57 AM   #2967
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We met some of Gail's friends for coffee late yesterday afternoon, and one of them snapped this picture of she and I...which I sent on to Lili-in-England/TinCrumpet, another remote friend of both of ours, who I have yet to meet.

I've especially enjoyed this time with Gail, who it feels like I've been friends with forever.

With some people, you just connect. You get them, they get you, your souls speak to each other, and in the same language.

Doug and I had that, and I have that with some others in my life. It is a gift, to be recognized, embraced and grateful for.

Those who believe in past lives say that people who are important in our lives today have also been so in other lives...friends, enemies, foes, family.

I rather like the idea that we love and caretake each other thru many lives, not so much that we are fighting battles today with those we have fought and have unfinished business with from the past.

I'll focus on the former, not the latter.


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Old 09-16-2016, 11:22 AM   #2968
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Great picture of you and Lily on the beach. There is a book someplace or on the internet of what needs to be done when on your Interstate. When I worked my drivers and mechanics were anal about the books - now out on our own, running on our own I picked up their habit of reading the books, our diesel has two, and following them to the letter OR sooner.

Safe travels, we left Spearfish and slowly heading home, by way of North Carolina to see my father who is 93 and just got a new hip.

Abby and Hopey (Alice and I too) say HI
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Maggie, I finally got a signal, so on forum, for now, anyway.
I'm about 500 miles from the PWC, O'n @ a Walmart....free is good! Glad all is repaired in your interstate. $$$?! YIKES! Say hi to Gail, glad you girls had a good time.

I'm working my way home...one night at a time. I'll get there, hopefully before snow comes to Colorado! It can come early some years. Safe travels, my friend.evelyn.
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Hi Evelyn... glad you're doing ok out there... Maggie is heading east... yes, we did have a great visit... keep having fun!! Gail
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Great picture of you and Lily on the beach. There is a book someplace or on the internet of what needs to be done when on your Interstate. When I worked my drivers and mechanics were anal about the books - now out on our own, running on our own I picked up their habit of reading the books, our diesel has two, and following them to the letter OR sooner.

Safe travels, we left Spearfish and slowly heading home, by way of North Carolina to see my father who is 93 and just got a new hip.

Abby and Hopey (Alice and I too) say HI
Hi Bud, good to hear from you.

I've had this passive approach to some things, apparently, that they will take care of themselves....going to do a better job.

Have a safe trip home.

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Old 09-17-2016, 11:40 AM   #2972
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Glad all is well, Evelyn.

What an adventure you've had!

Gail and I made the last of my bread dough from the weekend into pan bread for breakfast yesterday morning....yum! She had not had this before, but I think now is a believer.

Loaded up on pears from her tree, did a small bit of choring, and made a beeline for Silver Falls SP, which Gail said was a can't miss, and was fortunate to find a spot for the night....first in the horse camp, then in a cancelled site with W/E, which was great. A bit of heat from the heat option on the AC is much appreciated these cool Oregon mornings.

Followed for awhile yesterday a boxy old aluminum Vagabond trailer, which I don't think I've seen before....reminiscent of our first RV, a 77 Barth. Cool.

4 Airstream trailers in my loop when I got up this morning, no one I knew.

Got a little water and a hot shower, on the road in light rain thru the narrow and twisty back roads to Hwy 22.

A beautiful time of year here, lots of Christmas tree farms and bushes full of fuschia blossoms, something I haven't seen since the last time we were in Ireland.

We get fuschia only in hanging baskets at home, and must keep it in shade and tended carefully to keep it alive.

I am enjoying the Oregon interior.


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That's a great picture of you and Gail! Both of you look very happy.

If you send something to TinCrumpet, give her my regards. I was an avid follower of her thread, and almost cried when she quit posting. Hope she and her family are doing well.

Glad to hear you moving toward "ownership" of vehicle maintenance. Knowledge is power, and there are a few safety-related things you shouldn't trust to just anyone.

Have a great trip home.
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Maggie, you were SO CLOSE to us! Augh! You could have stayed here instead of the horse camp and had almond and pear pie! Darn! We live right outside of Silverton.

Happy Travels to you on your way home!

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Hi Mimi, it was great meeting you.. I always hope all our paths will cross again.. I did cry when Lili quit the forum!!! Thank goodness Maggie was there to save us all!!! I'm emailing Lili today... I'll tell her you send your regards... hugs and love and pats for the pup... gail
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The pup has been petted, and I threw in a few for the old yellow tomcat as well.
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With some people, you just connect. You get them, they get you, your souls speak to each other, and in the same language.

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Maggie, you were SO CLOSE to us! Augh! You could have stayed here instead of the horse camp and had almond and pear pie! Darn! We live right outside of Silverton.

Happy Travels to you on your way home!

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Booooo....I didn't realize that!

Would have much rather stayed with you guys, didn't have you marked on my map and just didn't think about it.

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So true.
Hi FaN.

We were all hoping you would quietly appear at our Fort Stevens gathering.


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Old 09-17-2016, 04:32 PM   #2980
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Had the most beautiful drive from Silver Falls to Bend today....road snaking thru the forests of the Willamette and Deschutes NF, along rivers and creeks. Slow going, but lovely.

Lots of little NF campgrounds right along the river... if I was not due to meet Bob & Page tomorrow, I might have tried to find a site.

Made a stop at TJoe's in Bend, and then lucked into an empty campsite here in one of those "Resort" places I tend to avoid to keep travel costs manageable.

However, not much east of here on the road I'm traveling, but here there is not only a campsite but cable tv, wifi, and all the other amenities....so, I'm in.

I've done enough mooch-docking the last couple of weeks that it is justifiable.

Right in town, but well off the main highway, and no concern here of cougars wanting to snack on my sweet Lily.

A cougar-sighted-in-park notice was posted at Silver Falls, and those warnings have been almost everywhere I've stayed out here. Yikes.

Going to have a glass of wine and watch some mindless television tonight.


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