Today was a scheduled rest day to allow time for the RV to get the check engine light cleared once and for all. Keith the mechanic starts work at 5 am every morning and suggested we “bring er in” as early as possible. So much for sleeping in on our rest day but getting the RV ready for the trip back is the priority. 5 am was a little too early but we did wake up, disconnect, dump the tanks and have the RV at Hilton Truck Repair by 6:30 am. Not bad! We also asked Keith to do some general maintenance like oil change, lube, check all the tires etc so we were ready to go. As luck would have it, the check engine light cleared last night coming back from dinner and the RV was actually running pretty well. It’s done this before which doesn’t bode well for Keith’s diagnostics.
Just as I returned with a coffee refill my phone rang. It was Keith telling us the RV was ready. What? It’s only 9 am? He changed the oil and completed the other maintenance items and since the RV is running better and the check engine light is off there isn’t much he could do. I sort of see his point but seriously? That’s it? He mentioned burning good gas and fuel additives. Come on, use your imagination Keith, Coffman already has the rights to that.
There was a beautiful campground 18 miles down the road, so we decided a short ride was in order making sure we ease into the finish and not over exerting “the ticker.” This will make the final day 36 miles. Low impact, easy last day, just the way my cardiologist likes it. It was an uneventful ride except the road was really busy and the shoulder for 8 miles was awful. I did manage to get what will probably the last barn picture John. Took it for you! Oh yeah, and the check engine light started flashing again 5 miles down the road. This RV has an evil sense of humor.
We rolled into the Natures Wilderness Campground and it is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of room, a lower lake with kayaks and paddle boards and an upper pond. Our site was next to the upper pond and it felt like being next to a painting. Wild flowers and a mirror water reflection. We wanted to take a dip but Kim the manager said, “I wouldn’t, there are leeches in the upper pond.” Leeches? When was the last time I thought about leeches? A horror movie? It was pretty warm and humid and we were primed for a swim, so we decided on a refreshing swim in the pool instead. Fortunately, nothing latched onto my leg and started sucking my blood.
There was no WiFi or cell service at the campground and being it was the last night of the ride, it provided a good opportunity for Cheryl and I to reflect on the trip. We knew we were starting with a blank canvas back in June and boy what a picture that was created. Tomorrow is the LAST DAY! I get a little emotional just thinking about it.