Monday, March 10, 2008



The coyotes woke me up around 2 a.m. & the diesel freight trains kept me awake for a long time after that. In other words, a poor night's sleep. Not a good thing when your traveling!!

We pulled out of the Percival Air Park about 7:15 heading into Effingham, Indiana & found our way onto I-57 north heading to-wards Chicago. Weather was good, roads bare & dry, & the traffic was actually rather civilized for being so far east. At Gillam we climbed off the interstate heading east on 24 & then north on 421. Just figured we'd take a break from the interstate for awhile. Picked up a toll road near Chicago heading east through South Bend to Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart is the capital RV manufacturing place in all of North America. Our Damon Challenger was made here as well as most all other RV's on the road. We couldn't get a new screen door directly from Damon but had to go through their dealer, Total Value RV. Found the facility alright about 2:15 this afternoon & within half an hour they had our coach inside & nice courteous young fellow was replacing our old twisted screen door. Too bad we couldn't have had this door replaced at the beginning of our trip instead of the end. Oh well, at least it's done now.

Because of my lack of sleep the night before & the lateness of the afternoon we decided to take advantage of the free RV site that True Value had on their premises here & stay for the night. Nice clean little area with electricity & water. We've been very fortunate with the weather ever since leaving the west but the days & days of steady driving have sure knocked the stuffing's out of me. I'll be glad to get home, flop into my big cushy recliner & once again vow to never ever leave home again. Well...... for a couple days anyway:))

I'll do a final blog to-morrow night after we get home & then within a few days I will do a short summary of our trip listing likes, dislikes, ideas, opinions, thoughts, etc. I will also do some snow pictures because I understand that we have a totally huge amount of snow at home. I will probably be spending a bunch of time on the end of my trusty old snow shovel for the first few days.
Anyway, stay tuned for a couple more blogs...... & thanks everybody.

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