Monday, May 8, 2017

Friends, Family and Fun, but Time to Hit the Road…

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Wow, I can’t believe our month has already passed and it is time to leave College Station, Texas. We always look forward to stopping by our former home town for a lengthy visit but this year we spent most of the time battling illness. No fun!

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At least during our stay I mostly completed our flooring project. I still have to replace some trim and we will have the remaining carpet replaced in the near future. One thing I did solve was a way to make a floor runner which fits underneath where the slide out rollers roll across the floor. These rollers left black streaks on our old carpet and flooring so I sure did not want that to happen on our new flooring.

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After shopping for solutions at Lowe's Home Improvement,  I purchased some thin Rubbermaid plastic shelf liner and some wide self adhesive Velcro strips. I cut the shelf liner about 10 inches wide and about the length of the slide. I then stuck one piece of the Velcro on the plastic runner and the other on the floor underneath the carpet flap adjacent to the slide. Now when we are ready to travel we simply stick the Velcro on the plastic runner to the one on the floor and pull the slides in. It works like a charm so far but only time will tell if it lasts very long… When not traveling we easily store the runners behind couch against the slide wall.

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We did have some fun while in College Station but we were unable to see everyone we wanted since we spent a good part of our stay sick. Between some small events where we visited with many friends and some weekend visits from our son and his family we had a delightful stay despite the down time from being ill.

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It was nice we were also able to accomplish a lot on our to-do list during our stay which is one of the main reasons we come for a month. Besides the flooring project we ordered lots of supplies we needed, scheduled a haircut for Sharon at her favorite local beauty school, scheduled some doctor visits, had our teeth cleaned, fixed the broken weld on our bike hitch, recalibrated our break buddy after having it serviced and I even had time to sand and paint our awning cover. This made our stay both enjoyable and productive. Although the time flew by, the memories will remain forever…

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We are now back on the road. Where to? Well, because of our recent road issue when leaving Lockhart, we must visit Tiffin Service Center in Red Bay Alabama for some structural framing repairs. Fortunately it will fall under Tiffin’s ten year warranty so it is merely the inconvenience of spending part of our spring season traveling to Alabama. Our plan is to trek slowly through northeast Texas into Arkansas and northern Mississippi then to Red Bay just before Memorial Day.  Once we determine how long the repairs will take we will decide how far Northeast we will travel for the summer.  We hope to see y'all on down the Road of Retirement!-

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NOTE: We are back on the road and are now at Lake Ratcliff Recreation Area in Texas. We will go to Martin Creek Lake State Park next and after that e will be in Texarkana at the Clear Springs Corp of Engineers Park.

4 comments:

  1. When the bottom of our big slide started to bow downwards due to age, it shredded itself when being brought in. That was fixed by screwing two pieces of aluminum onto the bottom of the slide. To keep the aluminum from chewing up the carpet and tile when the slide comes in, the techs fabricated fairly heavy "slide slickers." They have lasted for several years. If you google on slide slicker, they'll come up for sale. Just a thought, if the current solution doesn't stand up to repeated use.

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  2. You just had too much fun there, but sound like your colds are better and new flooring installed, time to move on.

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