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Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 5, 2019 at 7:20pm

So we are safe and sound at an RV park for two nights, just north of Richmond, VA. What a posh RV park! They even come by and collect your garbage every day from your!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 5, 2019 at 7:14pm
It sure did feel GREAT to strap on my Walther PPKs after spending the last couple of months in the Northeast!  New York, New Jersey, and Maryland do NOT reciprocate my Arizona conceal carry permit.  Virginia does!

It isn't easy locking my sidearm up when traveling to these anti-Constitutional states.  But business and family...and these anti-2nd Amendment laws make it necessary.

I'm so used to carrying my sidearm (for like the last 30 years), that NOT carrying feels like forgetting to put on socks...or getting a!


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Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 5, 2019 at 10:24am

So it looks like Hurricane Dorian picked up speed and is now a Cat 3 again...and it looks like it is going to SLAM into the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area tonight and all day tomorrow. So yeah...we are going to stay inland until Saturday morning. We found an RV park 17 miles away, made reservations, and will be heading over there shortly to stay for a couple of days. We considered just staying at the Flying J...but it is hot and humid and the generator is currently in need of a control board. So RV park and air conditioning it is!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 4, 2019 at 6:11pm

Safe touchdown at the Flying J in Ruther Glen, VA for the night! There are actually TWO Flying Js off this one exit...which is weird. We went to the one that had the Denny's and the RV parking spots, so we don't have to sit in between the idling semi trucks all night.

WOW was it hot again today! 90 degrees as I type this, but at least there is a breeze, unlike yesterday. I filled the fresh water when we filled the diesel tank...and after parking the rig, I took a nice cold shower to cool off. I'm still sweating, but at least it is clean sweat.

It is supposed to be much cooler here and less humid tomorrow...which is great if we have to stay overnight again waiting out Hurricane Dorian if it lingers tomorrow around Virginia Beach.

We are only about a hundred miles or so inland from where my daughter lives in Virginia Beach...but I'm not about to go there in the middle of a Cat 1!

Also...Virginia and Maryland drivers are literally the WORST drivers I have ever seen. Utterly incompetent morons. Just sayin'.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 4, 2019 at 9:53am

After getting lost on back roads in south New Jersey yesterday (it has changed so much in the last 20 years my wife just couldn't remember how to get onto I-95 to avoid the Turnpike or Parkway to avoid as many tolls as possible), we ended up finally finding the Parkway, paid a bunch of tolls, and finally ended up on I-95 much later than we had planned.

While driving through those hilly back roads with stop lights every 100 feet, the brakes faded out! Yikes! They came back, but it was scary!

We pulled into the nearest service stop, and the rear wheels (rims and hubs) on both sides were HOT!!!

Now the brakes are working just fine. I have no idea, but I'm going to guess that since the front calipers are new and the rears are original, maybe the rear pads are worn down enough that the pistons got stuck. When I get to my daughter's house in a couple of days, I'm going to pull the rear wheels and inspect the pads and calipers. If I need to replace the pads, I'll use a big C clamp to push the pistons back in on the calipers and inspect them closely to make sure there isn't a ring of rust on them like the Jeep had, which required me to replace the calipers on the Jeep. There is only around 60K miles on this rig...but it is a 1995. I hope I don't have to replace the calipers though...they are HUGE!...and since it is an Oshkosh/Freightliner chassis, I am sure that they would be EXPENSIVE to replace!

We made it all the way to the Flying J in Elkton, MD with no further brake issues, and when we arrived, I checked the rear rims and hubs, and they were no warmer than the front...not HOT like when we pulled into that service stop.

I don't know if ALL of Maryland smells this way, but Elkton smells EXACTLY like a stairwell in a parking garage in a major city, where all the homeless people go to pee. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Today's destination is a relatively short the Flying J in Ruther Glen, VA, around 180 miles. We are going to stay the night there and then see what the weather forecast is for the following day. My daughter lives in Suffolk, VA, right near Norfolk and Virginia Beach...and so far, Hurricane Dorian looks like it is going to hit that area tomorrow as a Cat 1. If the hurricane is past, we'll head right there tomorrow. If not? We'll stay another night at the Flying J (or an RV park if it is too hot out, as our genny still needs a control board, so we can't run the AC without shore power). Then we'll drive the last 115 miles to my daughter's driveway to visit for a week.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on September 1, 2019 at 9:54am

The new coax port is installed! Woohoo!!!

Today is going to be another lazy day...and tomorrow we are going to the New York Renaissance Festival as patrons! We aren't going to dress up in costume though. We are mostly going to see old friends we haven't seen in years.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on August 31, 2019 at 8:11am

The local shop did an amazing job repairing the bedroom shades...which I installed and adjusted yesterday. They work like new again! Sweet!

The little coax port I bought on Amazon also arrived yesterday, so I'll be installing that sometime today.

There was a mix-up with our reservations at this RV park, as they came over last night to our camp and thought we were leaving yesterday. Patti made the reservations through the holiday weekend, so hopefully we can stay until Tuesday morning!

And then our next door neighbors that just arrived at their campsite STOLE the picnic table out of our campsite! It was sitting BETWEEN our Jeep and our RV, so it wasn't a mistake of "oh, they aren't using it" or "maybe it was supposed to be in OUR camp." Nope...they just took it without even asking. When we go to the office this morning to straighten out the reservation confusion and pay the extra days until Tuesday, we are going to mention it to the office. Etiquette people!!!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on August 31, 2019 at 8:11am

Thanks Jimco!  We will definitely see you guys next year!


Comment by Jimco_W001 on August 30, 2019 at 9:37pm

Your welcome Kev. Stop by anytime you are passing this way!

Comment by Kevin F Smith on August 28, 2019 at 6:34pm

Screens replaced!  Thanks Jimco for the screen material you gave us!!!




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