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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kellogg, IA, Elkhart, IN, and the Arrival of a New Little Princess to our Family!

We left Kellogg, IA Monday morning heading toward Joliet, IL for the night. The trip was pretty uneventful…


passed some beautiful old barns…




Mississippi River…




until we were approaching Joliet. There is major road construction on I-80. Mac was trying to be careful with all the holes in the road and large drop offs from new highway to the old one.

Needless to say, we hit one of those large areas where the new road ended and the old highway was really bad! The little trailer hit really hard and one of the tires started wobbling again….darn. Now we needed to get somewhere that we can pull off to check it out. We had already decided not to stop for the night in Joliet but continue on to Elkhart but we had to find a place to pull over. We decided that we could pull off at the Casino that we had originally planned on staying at. Mac looked at the tires and all looked ok now, so we decided to go on. We were wanting to stay out of anymore of that construction so off we went on highway 30…big mistake! It took us right through all the little suburbs, stop lights, and MORE road construction! Evidently the little trailer tires were not ok. We had someone pull up beside us and tell us that the tires were wobbling again….darn. It was ruining the new tires that we had just put on a couple of days before. Mac pulled off again and decided to lock the tires so that they wouldn’t swivel. That’s not really a good thing to do since when you make turns the tires won’t swivel..they are just drug around the corners.




the trees are starting to turn here…


After hours of going through all the suburbs, we finally made it to Elkhart about 7:30pm…we left Kellogg at 9am….9-1/2 hours…now that’s a LONG day. We were exhausted!



We got checked in at Elkhart Campground and set up. Chuck & Kathy were waiting for us with big hugs! That was a great way to end a terrible travel day! We were so tired that we didn’t cook dinner or even go out. We just sat down and tried to unwind.

Tuesday morning, Chuck & Kathy had an appointment with Mor-ryde and then moving over to Goshen for the Montana Rally. They stopped by later in the afternoon to visit and we all went to Bob Evans for dinner.

Wednesday, we had made plans to meet Chuck & Kathy at Shipshewana and go to the Flea Market…so off we went…decided to take the toll road so it would be a quicker trip…No Way!! LOL…the road was backed up for miles! So I called Kathy and told her that we were going to have to back-track and take another route. We finally made it about 45 minutes late….lol. We spent a couple of hours at the Flea Market and bought some Fruits & Veggies. Kathy bought some of the same, plus these beautiful pots of Mums!! They are big & full of blooms…none for me though.  :(

We left the Flea Market and headed to Rise N Roll for some lunch. Their sandwiches are really good. We also bought some Caramel donuts, and some cookies…yum, yum.

When we left, Kathy and Chuck were headed one direction and we were headed toward to Goshen so we could find where Lippert is located. They still had not called to set an appointment time and Mac decided to just go and see them face to face. That worked! We had an appointment time set up. We just had to print and sign some paperwork that they had emailed to us.

Thursday, Mac was up and out of the RV headed to have some blood work done. He was gone a very long time and I was beginning to get worried. He drove over to Michiana to a Lab and when he got there it was closed down, so he had to drive all the way back to Elkhart and go to the hospital. He also went by Heartland and bought a new ladder for the back of the RV that had gotten broken…

Chuck & Kathy came by in the evening after they had been to a Rally Dinner somewhere herein Elkhart. We visited for a while and then they took off to head back to Goshen. They are having way more fun than us even though they are going to have some work done on their RV also after the Rally is over.

Friday, we were in waiting mode….we were expecting a new little princess to enter the world and join our family. Cody had taken Britny to the hospital and they were going to induce her…

Carley Nicole Eakes arrived at 1:23pm…9-lbs 3-oz and 21” long! Welcome to our family Miss Carley!!

Carley Little Diva 092311

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proud parents Cody, Britny and little Carley!

Cody Britny and Carley 092311

Mom and baby were doing good! Congratulations Cody & Britny! She is adorable!! Can’t wait to get back to Kansas to hold that little one close and do some snuggling!!

Mac worked on the little trailer doing some adjusting that was recommended. I went through a lot of stuff here in the RV filling bags of stuff to take to Goodwill on Monday. We headed out to a little Mexican Restaurant for dinner. Mac had found it online and said that it was authentic Mexican food. Well, it was pretty good. The Burrito that Mac had was huge!

Saturday it rained off and on all day…we pretty much stayed indoors. It was cool and really gloomy…

Today, I  had decided to make some home made Chicken & Noodles. I got things going and just let them simmer most of the afternoon. Mad some mashed potatoes, and green beans…turned out pretty good.

We have just watched TV most of the day…NASCAR….congrats to Tony Stewart!!

Tomorrow we need to check on having the tires installed on the RV and get it ready to move over to Lippert on Tuesday morning for them to replace the axle and get everything aligned. Hopefully this will fix that problem.

We will probably be here until Thursday or Friday when we will start making our way toward Defeated Creek COE for “Lisa’s Campout”

Stay tuned…..


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Deadwood, SD, Dinner with Friends Valentine, NE, West Point, NE and Kellogg, IA

On Monday, Sept. 12th, Mac and I took a drive…


out to Lead, an old mining town….





and then on to Deadwood….






Nice town but doesn’t even compare to Cripple Creek, CO….

Then we were off to Sturgis, SD to check things out…




Imagine what this street looked like a few weeks ago…



and then we were headed back to Hart Ranch. We had dinner plans with John & Bridget and Mike & Leslie to say our farewells.



Mac’s plate…


After dinner we visited for a little while and then headed back to the RV to start packing up for our trip to Valentine, NE. We will be traveling with John & Bridget.

When we got home, I started on the inside, and Mac on the outside…it didn’t take long to find out that Mac had found a flood in the bay. There was water everywhere. After sopping all the water up, Mac found that the Water Pump was leaking(Pouring)….so John came over and helped for a little while and then at Midnight, Mac ran to Wal Mart to see if they had anything to stop the leak. No suck luck…so we tuned the water off and went to bed.

Tuesday, Mac was up at the crack of dawn on his way to a RV Parts store to see if they had the fittings or a new pump. He was very lucky. A very nice lady working there found a water pump for him and told him that it should be covered under the 3 year warranty.  YEAH!!  So he got that installed, packed up, and off we went.

We stopped at Wall Drug to look around. Had to take a few photos…











Then we were off to stop and see Chuck & Kathy in Kadoka, SD. They have been stuck here for about a week having their truck in the shop being worked on.





The trip was pretty uneventful and we made it to Valentine, NE about an hour or so after John & Bridget, got all set up and John sent us a message that Bridget had dinner for us. Thanks for the dinner! It was great!!






On Wednesday, we were up and off to go and see Ray & Dorothy Darnell. They are the parents of our friend Ronn Darnell. We had a great visit with plans to have dinner together later that evening. They treated us to a Prime Rib Buffet at the Rosebud Casino…It was wonderful. Thanks so much Ray & Dorothy! We took our camera and never even got one photo.

Thursday it rained all day and we didn’t even leave the RV all day. I had made dinner for John & Bridget. Tips with noodles, Cheesy Corn Casserole, and Brownies & Lemon Bars for dessert. This is our last night together. On Friday we will head south and east toward Elkhart, IN and they will head south towards Branson. We had had such a great time traveling with these two and will see them again in Branson the end of October.

Friday we were up and on the road by about 9:30am. The trip seemed pretty uneventful until we were stopped by a Sheriff’s Officer on the other side of O’Neill, NE.


No ticket, she said that she had heard a noise and saw that one of our tires on the little trailer shredded off and it was riding on the rim….Thanks so much! She waited while Mac changed the tire. We were back on the road again for just a little while when Mac noticed that the spare was really wobbling. He stopped to check it out and it was almost ruined so we limped into West Point, NE to find the City RV Park for the night.

Saturday morning Mac was up bright and early and headed toward Fremont and got 2 new tires and rims. He came back and changed out the messed up one and now we even have a good spare.

We were on the road again!


Missouri River….really high


and flooded for miles and miles…








We drove to Kellogg, IA and stopped at the Kellogg RV Park. We will stay here until Monday morning since we don’t want to try to find an RV Park in the Chicago area because of the  NASCAR races this weekend.

Stay tuned…..


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