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Trip Update

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Since I was last able to post pics and blog, we have traveled several miles. We have been to 3 different Corp. of Engineer campgrounds. We really enjoyed staying at Sugar Bottom near Iowa City, Iowa. Did not enjoy roasting out in the open field at the rally so much but enjoyed our time there and picked up a lot of information and ideas for our little Rialta.
For some reason, it is not letting me upload any of my pictures so when I get back home I will try again to do that.
We have had extremely hot weather on this trip and our a/c has really been taxed to keep up.
We have been without a generator so have had to leave our engine running a couple of times to keep Abbie cool while we stopped for a bite to eat. We tried to get it fixed at the rally but no luck there. We are going to see if something can be done when we get back to St. Louis as it would certainly be nice to have the roof air run while we stop to eat.
We got to meet up with a number of other Rialta owners at the rally and picked up ideas that I am anxious to get home and work on. We left the rally a day early because of the heat and went back to Sugar Bottom and it was actually a little cooler there and it certainly made us feel better. I think just having shade helped a lot.
When we left that park on Sunday, we headed over to near Canton, Il to visit some friends who winter in our park in Florida. There were two couples who have campers there and we got to spend Sun afternoon and Mon with them and Mon evening we had dinner in Pekin, IL and another couple who also own in our park but live up here met us that eveing for dinner.
We left very early on Tuesday morning (6 am) for Michigan as it was predicted that it would hit 100 in the afternoon and we had about 360 miles to cover. We got very lucky and it remained overcast and we even had some rain and I don't think it got above 85 for our trip here. Since we arrived, it has been in the 80's mostly. Yesterday I think it was either 89 or 90 but the evening cool down into the 60's. We are certainly enjoying that. Today we had quite a rainstorm as the cold front came down and crashed into the hot air mass. That has really cooled things off and wiped out the humidity so it is almost cold!
We plan to leave here on Tues and head back to Ill for my family reunion on Sunday. We won't rush to get there but want to arrive Thur or Fri so we can visit with family and friends in the area.
I hope I am able to post some of my pics later.
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  • INFLATED
    You are really putting that motorhome to good use.

    My husband loves to drive, but I don't care to ride and travel.
    3110 days ago
  • JANIEWWJD
    Hope you're enjoying yourself even though the weather is HOT!!!!
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    3132 days ago
  • HARPLUTE
    Pat:

    How much longer will you be traveling? It seems you've been away for a while. So sorry you are getting hit with the heat wave and having troubles with your a/c. Wishing you a safe journey and many good times.

    Gail
    3133 days ago
  • OURELEE1
    So glad to hear from you. Hope the ac can get fixed I know both of you will have fun at the reunion. Enjoy and have a safe trip.
    3133 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    Sorry for the heat and AC problems. Guess that is just
    part of the camping experience. We were to take our
    camper to the Black Hills this weekend but DH got cold
    feet about dragging it out and back fro just 2 nights. We
    will stay with his sister in hers. Wish he would have
    decided that before I spent 3 hours making reservations
    and the like.
    Have a great rest of your vacation! HUGS!
    3134 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Thanks so much, Pat, for the update on your trip. It sounds exciting, extreme heat not withstanding. So sorry you're having A/C problems. Ugh! How very nice that you met up with other Rialta owners who gave you ideas.

    Wishing you a safe and fun rest-of-your-trip. Have a good time with your family, luv.
    3134 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I am so glad to hear your trip is going as close to possible as planned, and you are getting in all your visits with friends -- that is always a highlight when we travel. That hot weather is brutal, isn't it? Imagine travelling through September and October? Other than the fact you can't swim ... the temperatures would be perfect and the tree colours beautiful:)

    Hope the rest of your trip is full of fun, friends and family:)
    Deirdre
    3134 days ago
  • BELLAMEMAW
    Stay safe and have fun!
    3134 days ago
  • DMF2012
    Can't wait to see those pics!
    3134 days ago
  • MARCIE_ELAINE
    I am so glad that you took the time to do all of this. Can't wait till the pictures are posted.
    ENJOY!
    3134 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Hot weather for the most part,sounds like things are going well.Enjoy,look forward to the pics,you have traveled some miles.Nice to hear from you.
    emoticon emoticon Diana
    3134 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8667808
    Yay for traveling to see friends and rallies! I hope you're able to get the a/c fixed. Have a wonderful family reunion and a safe trip.
    3134 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Have a safe and fun trip!
    3134 days ago
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