Quoted From A Fellow Traveler:

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Still Raining

Yup, it's still raining. They say we MAY see some sun by the weekend but I don't believe it anymore.

I have been working on loading the remaining stuff into the coach, and adjusting the storage compartment doors to close a little tighter. Whereas the coach was driven from Alabama to New Hampshire in the rain, I wasn't surprised to find three compartments wet. The flaps at thr rear wheels don't cover the wide of the rear tires 100%. This drives the water right at the base of the rear storage compartment doors.

This is something that I would rather fix myself because I don't want to wait weeks for the dealer to do it. I will only bring it in if I have something that requires a major repair.

We will be dog sitting for some friends this weekend while they fly to Florida to pick up their Phaeton that they just purchased from Lazy Days. Then we will be heading out for Vermont for the July 4th weekend with them and our other friends down the street. Should be a fun weekend.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Here's wishing a Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there.

Now for some Fathers Day Quotes!
  • He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew
  • One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters. ~George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640
  • Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
  • Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth
  • Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland
  • A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold

Friday, June 19, 2009

Picked Up The Coach

We did the PDI while the coach was parked in a garage out of the rain. Took three hours to go over everything and I still have a lot to learn about the entertainment system, and the programming of the inverter.
This is like going back to school. Anyways, here we are at the campground at about 5:30 PM and it was raining pretty heavy.
After going out for pizza, Joyce decided to chek things out as to where she can put her kitchen stuff.
We made it home Saturday about noon time and worked till 8:00PM loading stuff. Still have lots to do before we take off in two weeks for a long weekend trip with friends.
We are dog sitting next weekend while some other friends fly out to Tampa to pick up their 2007 Phaeton that they purchased.
Now if we could only get a couple of sunny day to dry things out and lift everyone's spirits.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Spent Saturday Checking out New Coach

The coach was delivered to the dealer Friday morning. Joyce and I took a two hour ride to NH to bring our solar panels for installation.
We arrived at 11:30 AM and spent five hours going over the coach, checking everything out. I found five small things that needed attention so I taped the list to the dash.
I was surprised to see some optional upgrades that were included without extra charge. Example, we have (6) house batteries whereas we were suppose to have (4), this means plenty of reserve power for boondocking with the solar panels. We were also upgraded to hydraulic leveling jacks rather than the standard electric jacks. Looks like we possibly received some of the 2010 model improvements.
Next week the solar panels are scheduled for installation on Tuesday, then the prep will be done on Wednesday, and we pick it up Thursday.....Finally!!
We will be spending the Thursday night next door in their campground, playing with the gadgets and learning how things operate. If things are ok, we will be heading home Friday.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coach Is Back On The Road

Received a call yesterday at 4:30 PM stating that the driver and coach is back on the road. If the coach is delivered by 8:30 AM this morning, we will still be on for our pickup late today.
Now we just sit with the Jeep packed and ready to leave if we get the call.
........Anticipation, anticipation, is driving us mad!!!!!!

Just got the call and it ain't gonna happen today! This throws there service schedule off so we will have to reschedule for next week, ugh! We plan on taking a ride there Saturday to drop off the Solar Panels for installation. At that time we can check out the coach.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Coach Is Delayed

Oh man, if it wasn't for bad luck I swear we wouldn't have any luck at all. Got a call from the dealer that the coach is at Freightliner somewhere in Maryland.
Seems that the check engine light came on while it was on route from the factory in Alabama and the driver took it in to be checked. Better it happened now than when I had it. Now the dealer is waiting for a call from Tiffin so we can find out how long the delay will be. At this time we don't know if we will still be on for Thursday....Bummer!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Just Got Finish Pictures Of The Coach

Kenn Shotts, the gentleman that took all the pictures of the coach for us during it's construction, just sent us a set of pictures of the finished coach prior to shipment. Thanks again Kenn, I owe you dinner and a drink.
And it only took five weeks to build!
Joyce and I can't believe it's on it's way.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Coach Is On It's Way

It's still raining here but it stopped long enough for me to mow the lawn which is growing like crazy because all it does is rain.

Joyce called Tiffin yesterday to check on the progress of the Coach and they told her that it's scheduled to be at the dealers by Monday. Today I received a call from the dealer for a 1:00 PM Thursday appointment to install the solar panels and pick up the coach, YAHOO!!!!!
The dealer has a campground so we will be staying at least Thursday night to check everything out to insure things work properly.

I just hope I can get the two solar panels, wiring, controller, bedding, pillows, and essentials packed in the Jeep for our trip to the dealers on Thursday. Can't forget the camera!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Software For Our Future Trips

Whereas we will both be online during our travels and my free 90 day trial of Norton 360 was running out on the new Gateway, I had to make a decision on what to do for Internet security.
After doing some research, I decided on Kaspersky Internet Security 2009. The program will cover up to three computers and it received a good rating. Hey, it's a Russian company so I figured what the heck!!!

Our Delorme Street Atlas was also becoming outdated so I picked up the 2009 edition. Now we just need to get out and try things out!

Visited my Cardiologist for my yearly Echo Stress Test. To my surprise, things have improved. Seems that my heart runs smoother when I exercise than when I'm at rest, now if I could only get into the exercise thing!

Joyce has Cateracts and has to schedule surgery to have both eyes done, at the time of surgery, she will also have lens' implanted in both eyes to improve her vision and reduce her need for glasses. The bummer is that the insurance doesn't cover the good lens', only the basic ones that will require that she uses glasses.
Oh Well, All I Can Say Is........