It ‘s a sad day – Pistol died in his sleep from liver disease.  We will miss our faithful traveling companion and RVer.  His unconditional love will be with us forever.

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Heading South

After we met with Ken, it was time to hook-up and hit the road.  We would like to get to Oklahoma City and stay there Thursday night.  After we make the turn on to I-35 south, Donna starts calling RV parks in Oklahoma City that are “big-rig” friendly.  Much to our dismay, every park is full.  We made a pit stop at a rest area and found that the next closest RV park was at the Winstar Casino (one mile north of the Texas border).  I was going to violate RV rule 3 (never drive at night) again.

The Windstar Casino RV Park was quite nice – concrete roads and pads, multiple hookups, and a shuttle to the casino.  When we registered, we joined the “club” and got a free night.  After hooking up the electricity and walking Pistol, it was off to the casino to get some food.  We ate, watched some sports, and came back and crashed for the night – we were beat.

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Friday morning, we decided to go for it – drive all the way to Austin to get home to La Hacienda RV Resort.  We hooked up the utilities, took out the chairs, and relaxed on our patio.  It’s good to be back at Hudson Bend on Lake Travis and see our friends here.

Back to the Factory

On Monday, our new AC units arrived.  Those were replaced, the scratches repaired (mostly), and the small repairs were all completed by Wednesday afternoon.  Ernie did a great job of washing the truck, car, and RV on Wednesday (after work of course) and then we loaded the car on the truck so we could leave on Thursday.  The next morning, we met with Ken and decided that we would fix the rest of the issues on our next trip.  It’s time to head for home.


We were really bored by Friday, so we took off for Abilene, KS to do some sightseeing.  We stayed at the Covered Wagon RV Resort for two nights where we had WiFi in the RV and cable TV (that was the extent of the amenities at this resort).  We drove through “old town” Abilene where there were period buildings and characters in costume.  We toured the Eisenhower home, museum, chapel, and presidential library.  On Sunday, it was back to the factory in Junction City.


New Horizons and Junction City

Our warranty work and repairs were supposed to start on Tuesday, but fellow owners needed repairs so they could get to Texas to volunteer at the Escapee’s CARE facility (where members go to recover / recuperate from medical issues).  So, it was hurry up and wait for the next few days.

Kansas Here We Come (lookout Toto)

We are trying to leave for Kansas, but I had one more task to finish before we could leave.  Of course, it still takes longer than we plan to load the car on the truck.  This combination almost kept us from leaving today, but we decided that we have to get started – even if it’s only a short distance.  So, we made it all the way to Aquia, VA (northern Virginia – about 50 miles north of Ashland).  Sandra stopped by to visit us at the Aquia Pines Camp Resort on her way home.  We continue our trip on Friday (after rush hour) and get to Columbia, OH (Spring Valley Campground) late that afternoon.  The next stop was Terre Haute, IN where we stayed at a KOA Park.  We made it to Columbia, MO on Sunday and stayed at Cottonwoods RV Park.  This allowed us to get to the New Horizons factory on Monday afternoon.  Whew – 1,200 miles down the road, we finally get to relax in Junction City,Kansas.

Visiting in VA

It’s great to be back in VA and see family and friends.  We had a lot of fun with Cene – taking her to doctor’s appointments on the wrong day, then the right day; enjoying Mother’s Day together; taking Bailey & Callie to the groomer and vet; shopping at Costco and Walmart; going to the beauty parlor in Richmond; and whatever else that I have since forgotten.  We went to Sarah Natalie’s college graduation at JMU and the Central Virginia Dance Academy’s recital – with great performances and creative choreography.  We visited with friends and got to spend a few days with Marsha in Nags Head, NC at the cottage she rents every summer (Sandra & Sarah came down too).  Being back at church brought us much joy and re-enforced the special place that Ashland Christian Church has in our hearts – we have not found anything as special in Texas or anywhere in between.