Catching Up and a Move

Current Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

On Monday, Malcolm drove the truck in to work. He called the local Ford dealer to check to see if they could take care of a few items on the truck before our trip (oil and filter change, fuel filters changed, tires balanced, air filter changed and shock absorbers checked). They said bring it on in. Malcolm left work at 4:00 and stopped by to pick up Val. We stopped by the local car rental place and picked up a rental car, then drove on over to the Ford dealer to drop off the truck. After dropping off the truck, we had dinner at Taziki’s then headed back to the house.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Ford dealer called and said the truck was ready to go (didn’t need shocks). Malcolm left at 4:00 again, just as a pretty good line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. That slowed him down coming home. The storms had passed by the time he got to the trailer to pick up Val. The power got knocked out during the storm. Traffic was bad getting to the Ford dealer, so Malcolm called the rental car company to tell them we wouldn’t return the car before they closed. They said drop it off and put the keys in the key drop and they’d just charge us for the day’s rental.

We picked up the truck, had dinner at NYNY Pizza then headed over to drop off the car. Traffic was still bad in the area, but we were able to bypass it, fuel up the car, drop it off and drop the keys in the slot, then drive back to the trailer where we found the power was still out. Fortunately, the trailer was still fairly cool from earlier in the day and the recent rain storm cooled the outside air off into the mid-70’s, though it was still humid.

We opened windows and turned on the power fan in the ceiling to draw air through and eventually went on to bed. Fortunately, our iPads, computers and the mifi unit all had good battery charges.

When we woke up this morning, still no power. Malcolm decided to work at home during the morning until his laptop battery ran out of power. We ended up driving over to Camping World (who also was without power, but was using a generator to power part of the store) and bought a small Honda generator and a Fantastic Fan and cover to put in the front bathroom.

Generator in action

Generator in action

We stopped by the gas station and fueled up the new generator, then took it home to the trailer to hook it up. Malcolm couldn’t find his 30 amp to 15 amp adapter, so it was back to Camping World (which fortunately is literally next door) and picked up one of those. Once back, he had the generator running and the trailer powered up. Our EMS initially was faulting saying that the generator power had a floating ground (Honda generators are known for doing that), so Malcolm searched the internet and found the solution and had us powered up in no time. The new generator is only a 2000W unit, so it won’t run an air conditioner, but at least will power up smaller stuff and run the converter which charges the 12V batteries on board.

By mid-afternoon, we still had no power. The outside temperature was in the mid-90’s, the humidity was high and the inside temperature was close to 100. We were miserable and the cat was looking pretty miserable as well. We decided to take a ride in the (air conditioned) truck to the front of Jellystone to check on when power might be restored. They said the power company kept saying they were working on it, but couldn’t make any promises. Best they could say was “maybe tonight”.

We drove over to the KOA and walked into their registration area. We asked if they had power (yes, they did) and if they had a space our 42′ trailer would fit into. The gentleman at the desk looked at the computer for a bit and said he had one back-in space that was listed as 46′ long. We paid for it and said we’d be back with the trailer. Turns out there was a pretty steady stream of campers from Jellystone doing the exact same thing. We hitched up the trailer and moved it to KOA, hooked up and turned on the air conditioners.

Moved to KOA

Moved to KOA

After running the air conditioners for about 20 minutes. Probably was close to 100 earlier.

After running the air conditioners for about 20 minutes. Probably was close to 100 earlier.

While the rig cooled down, we drove up the street to Logan’s Roadhouse for dinner and dessert, then back to the trailer, which had cooled down fairly well. Malcolm got ambitious and went ahead and installed our new Fantastic Fan in the front bath. He will install the matching vent cover at another time, to allow the self-leveling sealant time to skin over up top.

Malcolm up top with the fan removed

Malcolm up top with the fan removed

The old fan

The old fan

New fan dropped in, screwed down and sealed up top.

New fan dropped in, screwed down and sealed up top.

Installing the inside trim

Installing the inside trim

Success

Success

We were fortunate enough to get our site through Saturday, so we’ll be right on schedule for heading out west.

Weekend Wrap-Up

Current Location: Jellystone Park, Nashville, Tennessee

Malcolm is feeling much better now. He felt well enough to work all day at the trailer on Tuesday, but had problems getting sleep that night. He was pretty much worn out on Wednesday morning and spent the day just relaxing. Thursday he was back at the office and worked Thursday and Friday there. He has been driving the truck into town this stay, instead of renting a second vehicle.

The Postcard Map at Work

The Postcard Map at Work

Garage-top Parking

Garage-top Parking

Though our space is sort of small here at Jellystone (about 55 feet long), we’re otherwise enjoying the peace and quiet at the back end of the campground. All of the children-friendly activities and, thus, the family campers are all located towards the front of the park. We are also further away from the traffic noise on the Briley, especially the bridge over the Cumberland River which is close to the back side of the KOA.

This afternoon we enjoyed sitting outside for a while, especially since our entire row emptied out and left us a decent view of something other than the broad side of a Class A RV. Saturday evening, we rode our bikes up to the ice cream shop in the park and had some pretty good hand dipped ice cream cones.

One fix/mod we did on Saturday is to better secure our couch to the back wall of the trailer. The factory had put two screws through the back board of the couch into the wall, but both screws were simply screwed into the wallboard, which did absolutely nothing towards anchoring the couch. During a recent hard braking incident, we found that the couch apparently flipped foward and the back of the couch broke the handle on the window opener.

Broken handle, bent mechanism

Broken handle, bent mechanism

We picked up an eight-foot long 1×4 and brought it home. Malcolm cut it to length between the two “end tables” mounted to the side walls of the trailer. He was able to actually anchor the board to five different studs behind the wallboard, so it isn’t going anywhere now. We pushed the couch back against the new anchor rail and drove screws through the couch board into the anchor rail. The couch shouldn’t go anywhere now.

Rail installed. Callie inspects the work.

Rail installed. Callie inspects the work.

Couch pushed up to the wall and screwed into place.

Couch pushed up to the wall and screwed into place.

Close-up.

Close-up.

Other than that, we’ve just been doing a little shopping and preparing for our trip out west, which starts on Saturday, August 1st. We will be getting the truck serviced in preparation for the trip sometime during the week.

In Nashville

Current Location: Jellystone Park, Nashville, Tennessee

We got up this morning and though Malcolm was moving a little slow and was still running a bit of a fever, we hitched up and headed south to Nashville. Fortunately it was only a four hour drive. Malcolm couldn’t have gone much further. Val did a lot of the outside setup with Malcolm’s direction to prevent him having to do much work.

After we got set up, Malcolm found a nearby urgent care clinic. We headed over there and, after the usual waiting around, we found that Malcolm has a bad sinus infection. They gave him a steroid shot and a couple prescriptions to take. He is supposed to get plenty of fluids and rest until the fever subsides. Hopefully that will be soon. Malcolm will probably work at home tomorrow as he feels like it then play it by ear after that.

Since we are at the Jellystone, which has smaller RV spots, we’ve decided not to rent a car for the time we are here, as we would have to park it far away from the trailer. We might rent one for a couple days and have the truck serviced before our next big trip out west.

Catching Up in Kentucky

Current Location: Kentucky Horse Park Campground, Lexington, Kentucky

OK, yes we were planning on being back in Nashville this evening, but let’s rewind to Thursday (since our last post was Wednesday).

On Thursday we drove around Lexington and visited some of our favorite places, and a couple new ones. We stopped by Failte Irish Shop for our Irish fix, along with some tea for Val and a latte for Malcolm. We went to a record store up near the UK campus and found a few oldies and a new (re-release) as well. We also stopped by the yarn shop and drove by Lexington Cemetery to visit Val’s mother’s grave site.

The one new record that Malcolm had purchased had a huge scratch on it from the factory, so he ended up driving back into town and exchanging it for another. If it was a cheap old record, we probably wouldn’t have bothered.

On Friday, we headed over to the Horse Park and visited the Breyerfest event. Breyer makes model horses and the event is a collector’s dream. Though we don’t collect plastic horse models, we do like to visit the Horse Park and visit with some of the “celebrity” and show horses there. It’s fun to walk around. Kentucky’s weather wasn’t the most cooperative, being in the 90’s and humid each day this weekend.

On Friday night, Val reminded Malcolm that he still hadn’t made reservations in Nashville for us, so he logged online to do that. Turns out we couldn’t get anything for Sunday evening. We did manage to get a spot in the Jellystone park near the KOA we usually stay in starting on Monday evening. So, Malcolm reserved our spot here at the Horse Park for another night while he was online.

On Friday evening we got a call from Val’s sister Anne who has a co-worker whose daughter recently lost a newborn infant after only a couple hours. The service was to be on Saturday morning and they were scrambling to find a photographer. Malcolm gratefully accepted, so we spent Saturday morning at the service and at the cemetery instead of heading to the Horse Park.

We did get over to the Horse Park mid-afternoon and spent a few hours, then went over to the (thankfully) air-conditioned Alltech Arena for a horse show. It was very nice. We parked close to the door because we got there really early and stood in line outside for nearly an hour. It wasn’t too bad and we got to visit with people in line next to us while we waited. When we got home Saturday evening, Malcolm had chills and a mild fever (99.8). He just went on to bed since there were no other symptoms.

He ended up getting up a couple hours later and found his temperature was 101.3. He took some Tylenol and ended up staying up until 3:30 AM. We got up this morning late (or at least Malcolm did). He took some more Tylenol, but the temperature was back down in the 99’s. We ended up over at the Horse Park for a few more hours, then back to the trailer.

Malcolm’s fever has stayed pretty high all afternoon and this evening, in the 101 to 102 range, despite taking Tylenol on a four hour basis. The only other symptom he has is some sinus pain way up inside his head. No discharge, so he’s been spraying saline spray up his nose in hopes to break it up. We’re hoping if he has to see a doctor, we can do that in Nashville Monday evening or Tuesday morning (which means driving from Lexington to Nashville). We’ll see how he feels in the morning.

Enjoying the Kentucky Bluegrass

Current Location: Kentucky Horse Park Campground, Lexington, Kentucky

We made it to the Horse Park around 11:30 after a somewhat short drive today. We got set up and Malcolm took a weekly call for work at noon. He finished setting up things outside the trailer while listening to the call on earphones, then we loaded in the truck and ran into Georgetown for lunch and errands. Malcolm finished up his call over lunch.

Our site

Our site

After lunch, we stopped by Great Clips so Malcolm could get his hair cut. Val stopped by Kroger to get some items on the grocery list while Malcolm waited to get his haircut. Afterwards, we stopped by the liquor store and found out that there is a shortage of bourbon at Buffalo Trace distillery, so we weren’t able to get any bourbon creme.

We stopped by a friend’s house to pick up a new Scentsy device, then stopped by to visit our nephew Jonathan at work. He is working at a shaved ice stand, so we both got a cold treat and chatted with him for a while. We headed on home from there and waited around until closer to dinner time then headed into Lexington. We browsed around Meijer for a bit, then headed across the street to the restaurant where we were meeting Val’s sister Anne and her crew for birthday dinners.

We had a great dinner and all headed back to the trailer to visit for a bit. We listened to a couple records and had a Facetime call with Violet and Scarlet. Anne and her crew headed on home and we relaxed the rest of the evening after sorting out some items to take out west and storing them away.

Tomorrow we’ll be running around Lexington.