Time to play catch up in the world of blogging. We’ve been busy the past couple of day, bust’n butt getting Dotty ready for our first boondocking experience. We also made a mad dash to say goodbye to friends and family over the weekend. Friday was laundry and shower day while we still had water access. Writing our list and checking it twice making sure we didn’t leave anything behind and thanking Bob for putting up with us over the past couple of weeks.
So heading out early Saturday morning, traveling north, to Madison Heights, Mi. for a goodbye breakfast with dear long-term friends, the Wagner’s, and their brood. Jeff is another good friend who has always helped in times of need. He was the first person to offer help when this journey started. We appreciate all you’ve done and offered to us over the years. Keep that steel polished and well oiled, Jeff, and hugs to you and yours.
Heading back to home base it was dinner with, Mom. It’s been years since Bill and I have had contact with his Mother. It sure was nice to spend a couple of hours catching up on life and having a wonderful steak dinner. We love you and promise to be in contact more often even if we are miles away.
First night boondocking wasn’t as restful as we would have hoped it to be. We pick a less traveled parking lot with a Dollar Tree store (we needed more plastic containers). I spent an hour playing, stakeout, looking out the windows watching the police patrol the strip mall. I thought to myself, “How long will it be before we get a knock on the door?” Not interested, we never got that knock. The next morning we woke up to McDonald’s coffee, not a McDonald’s fan, but I never knew I could appreciate McDonald’s, however, I will say they have damn good coffee.
Next day, Sunday, more family visits, my son Ray, who I will miss dearly and Bill’s brother, Dougie. Dougie’s visit was exceptionally nice and entertaining. Bill’s sister, Marge, and niece, Kristin also dropped by. We enjoyed all their company and were glad we were able to see them before we left for the road.
The evening was spent with Pops and his wife, Wanda. We went to dinner at a local diner and had a very pleasant visit while giving the waitress a hard time. Don’t worry, she got a fat tip for putting up with us, cha-ching.
Another night of boondocking, this time at the ol’trusty Wal-Mart parking lot. Low and behold, there’s a Tim Horton’s next store. Gotta look out for those coffee spots since we’re without shore power. I don’t think Wal-Mart would appreciate us building a campfire to heat water in their parking lot. It would draw a lot of attention.
Well, in between all the visiting, we managed to get someone to look at Dotty’s suspension. She is ass end heavy and needs new shocks and a rear seal replacement. We went to a local RV repair shop under the recommendations of a national RV chain store. Now here is some cool advice for those looking for repairs on your campers/vans. Make connections with a good honest mechanic, ask around, get advice, this relationship is priceless. We received the estimate for repairs at $1600.00. Ummm…not gonna happen. So, what to do, what to do? Our first thought was to call our long-time diesel mechanic to ask for advice. Happens… that they are willing to do the work and can get us in tomorrow. Whoohoo!!
One more night boondocking in amongst the semi-trucks, buses and dump trucks, lol. Don’t think anyone will find us after being locked in the yard at the repair shop. Parts already delivered, repairs start yearly in the morning. Should have a good night sleep tonight. Keeping our fingers crossed. Eight o’clock comes early, looking for freshly brewed coffee with the staff at DRS.