Oct 292015

It rained hard all night Tuesday night, and when the alarm went off at 7:30 yesterday morning neither one of us wanted to crawl out of bed. But we had miles to cover in another day on the road, so after snuggling for half an hour or so we finally did get our bodies into an upright position and ready to face the day.

We had a 276 mile trip ahead of us, from the Win River Casino in Redding, California to our friend Nancy Kissack‘s place in Atwater. We are just not morning people and it took us a while to get in gear, but after checking e-mail and answering those that had come in overnight, we were ready to hit the road.

We could have dry camped for free overnight at the casino in the truck parking lot but we have reached the point in our lives where we prefer our creature comforts, so we opted for the full hookup RV park, which was basically 13 pull-through sites on blacktop with 30/50 amp electric, water, and sewer. This isn’t camping in the traditional sense, and RV park is probably a stretch, but included with our overnight fee was use of all the amenities at the casino’s hotel, including the swimming pool, spa, exercise room. and other things we really have no use for. But still, it was a nice secure place to spend the night.

Win River Casino RV park small

Back on Interstate 5 we rolled south, eventually coming to Sacramento, where we ran into a lot of traffic. But we managed just fine and pretty soon we were south of there and in the clear again. We stopped at Flying J to fill our tank, and a little further down the road we turned west on State Route 120 for six miles to hook up with State Route 99 on the south side of Stockton. From there it was an easy run down to Atwater.

Nancy met us out in front of her beautiful home and showed me where to park the motorhome. She has a 50 amp electric hookup and water, it was about 80° and the sky was blue. What more can you ask for?

Well, Miss Terry could ask for a husband who is little more attentive. After I put our leveling jacks down and started to run the living room slide out I suddenly heard Terry screaming “Stop! Stop!” She had this nice heavy-duty Wilton cookie baking pan sitting on the kitchen counter to bridge the gap that the cocoa had fallen through last week. I had not given her time to move the pan nor had I checked, and this was the result. No she didn’t hit me over the head with it. It got crushed when the slide was coming out. But I think she was tempted to hit me over the head with a cast iron frying pan, or at least a rolling pin. And who could blame her? Fortunately, I didn’t do any damage to the slide, so I guess it could have been worse.

Crushed pan

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Big Lake Lyinching Audio cover

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  3 Responses to “Another Day On The Road”

  1. So sorry about the cookie sheet. Now you will have to take her to a restaurant supply store for some shopping for a new one and an additional sweet gadget for good measure. Our loss in a “slide crushing” incident was my husband’s fine, black Stetson! Happily, a talented hat-blocker in Wyoming was able to restore it to it’s former fine shape. I guess if a horse or a bull can stomp on those things, a slide can’t do much more harm!

  2. Welcome to the neighborhood! Aluminum is recyclable.

  3. We tore off a closet door putting a slide out. Twice. Count your blessings!

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