About Me

Lee Creek, North Shuswap near Chase, B.C, Canada
We went full-time Rving in October of 2005! We retired from full time to part-time as of the end of 2015. Our present "small but comfortable" Wagon is a 2008 Camper trailer(TravelAir Rustler), pulled by a 2008 Dodge Dakota, 4X4.l. Our home base is a resort Park, in Oliver, British-Columbia, Canada. I retired in 2005 and my Life Companion, Valerie, retired October 1, 2006 from nursing. We invite you to follow and share our new adventures and mishaps. Life is but an adventure full of dreams yet to be fulfilled!

Friday, October 31, 2008

October 31, 2008, In West Virginia

OCT. 31, Friday to West Virginia,

Why does everything that can go wrong, always happen on Fridays?

We were on the road by 9 a.m., stopped in Front Royal to get the tires changed then onto I-64 by 10:30 a.m. We headed west then south-west on I-81. The scenery was absolutely breath-taking. We were driving over rolling hills through the Shenandoah Valley. We stopped at Staunton, Virginia for fuel @$3.139 then stopped at a rest area for lunch. We finally headed west on I-64 and climbed to a height of 2600 feet going through mountains full of autumn color. Gorgeous! (SEE PICTURES)

Our stop for the night was Beckley, in West Virginia, at the Coal Mine Campground, a coal mine museum and campground run by the city. We paid $22 for full hook-up in a very nice and quaint setting. I went into town to get propane ($33) then found the Ford dealership to have the truck look at. The throttle is acting up and causing a lack when I coast. I have to let go of the peddle and then press on it to get it going. This actually started a couple days ago but was very sporadic. Hope it can be fixed tomorrow.
Very warm day and sunny. It got up to almost 70*F

N 37* 47’ 01”
W 081* 11’ 49”
Alt: 2467 feet
Av speed: 52 MPH
Dist. Today: 402 KM

Thursday, October 30, 2008

October 27 to 30, 2008, in Front Royal

OCT. 27, Monday, wash day

We got up to a very cold and cloudy day…the sun was too good to last, I guess. While Val did the laundry, I went to town to the tire shop and ordered a new tire for “Q” and while there, the truck got a lube and oil change.
I took some pictures of the damage to the roof on the small slide and then went to the office to post my pictures in Picasa, update the blog, download all our e-mail which were mostly jokes and sent an e-mail to Fleetwood with the pictures of the damage area. It was worst this time around. It even ripped the duct tape I had put on. Have to get that fix soon.

OCT. 28, Tuesday, in Front Royal

Cloudy, cold and very windy was our day. We went back to Winchester to Camping World as I couldn’t find my membership card for Camping USA. When we got there, I took my little membership folder and opened it to retrieve my Camping World card and found the card that I was missing. How silly! I had looked everywhere except in there as I didn’t remember putting it in there. So we looked around a bit then left without buying anything which is really good for me. We stopped at Wal-Mart and bought milk and wine ( 15$ a keg compare to 32$ in Quebec) and some pajama for me
The wind is really gusting right now…up to 40 mph (60KMH) Pretty strong! Came home and relaxed.

OCT. 29, Wednesday

It is sunny this morning but the wind still is gusting pretty strong but not as strong as yesterday. I am glad not to be on the road with the rig as it would be really hard on fuel unless it was behind us.
The afternoon brought calmer winds so we decided to do the Shenandoah Skyline Drive today. It begins about 6 miles from here and we climbed to about 2900 feet then leveled off for a while before climbing again. The highest we went was 3500 feet and we had a view of the valley on either side of the mountain ridge. The highway is built along the ridge or near it so the views are absolutely breath-taking and awesome. It was cold though! It went down to 38*F at the top…BRRRRR! We drove for about two hours then came home via the valley floor where it was much warmer.
Val cooked a nice meatball stew which warmed us nicely.

OCT. 30, Thursday, last day in Front Royal

We got up to a warmer day and sunny sky. It went up to almost 60*F. Val did another load of laundry and I put everything away outside then checked the internet for mail and downloaded more pictures and the blog
I wrote a letter to Fleetwood in California where the HQ is situated about our rig...It will be interesting if we get any response.
Tomorrow, we leave for West Virginia

Monday, October 27, 2008

October 22 to 26, Pennsylvania to Virginia

OCT. 22, Wednesday to Harrisburg and more problems

We were on the road by 10 a.m. A late start but we are in no rush to get anywhere. I got propane before leaving @ $24. Then we continued on Hwy 209through some very awesome scenery. The Pocono Mountains here are in full autumn color and it makes the drive very pleasant to the eyes. The road was tortuous at some places and the streets in some of the villages were quite narrow but we took our time and had no mishap.
We stopped for lunch and took on fuel. $3.529/Gal. We saw fuel as high as $4.09 on the highway. I don’t know how they get away with this!?
We arrived to I-81 and turned left (south) towards Harrisburg. We got off at exit 90, Lickdale, near Harrisburg and camped for the night at Lickdale Campground, a GOOD SAM park. Paid for two nights. We are stopping here to shop for groceries and visit the town of Hershey where they make chocolate and other places.
As we put the slides out, I found a rip in the roof of the office slide, same place as before so will call Fleetwood on this. Obviously, St-Cyr didn’t check the slide as I asked them to do.

N 40* 27’ 11”
W 076* 30’ 35”
Alt: 458 feet
Av. Speed: 36.4 MPH
Dist today: 146 Km

OCT 23, Thursday, sightseeing

A cold night but it did get up to 60*F during the afternoon. After a late start, we headed south on hwy 72 through Lebanon, all the way down to Lancaster, the centre of Amish County. The country side was absolutely spectacular. We saw lots of horse drawn buggy and Amish men working the fields. Farms were really neat and clean and manicured.
When driving through Manheim, we stopped for a break and I met a guy with a Canadian plate on the front of his car. He was a local man but his wife was from Chilliwack, BC, of all places. Her family name is Schultz. What a small world!!!
We had lunch in Intercourse (Please no smart aleck jokes!!!!), and walked around the town. There are two theories as to where the town got its name. One is that in the early days of 1800, intercourse was an expression meaning “talking between people” and eventually the town was called that as it was known as friendly people place; the other theory is that there was a race in town and the start of the course was “enter course”. People began calling the town “Enter Course” which eventually became “Intercourse”… so there you are!

We then drove back home via Hershey where the chocolate factory is located but unfortunately it was closed.
We had a drink then dinner. It’s cooling off very quickly at night now.
As a side note, Fleetwood finally called back and Fran will call me back with more directions later. In the mean time she wants me to send her pictures of the damage.
Tomorrow, we move to Gettysburg, PA

OCT. 24, Friday to Gettysburg

We were on the road by 10:30 a.m. We headed south west on I-81 then turned south on I-83 in Harrisburg. Once across the Susquehanna River, we took Hwy 15 south and headed for Gettysburg. We arrived there about 2 hours later and stopped at Artillery campground only to find out they were full. We called a couple of other places which were also full due to the Halloween week-end. We finally found another site at Gettysburg’s Campground and were told it was $37/night so we headed there only to find out that it was actually $47/night. After arguing we lost and so we took it for one night only. (And then campgrounds wonder why we go to Wal-Mart…what a rip-off!) We got a site with water and electricity only for $43.
After setting up, we went to the Military Museum, watched a movie on the battle and then were taken upstairs to the Panorama encirclement which consisted of a huge painting of the battle rounding the whole dome and we re-lived the battle with the help of lights, sounds and narration. It was extremely well done and we were both impressed. We visited the museum and then took the Auto-self guided tour where we got a map then drove around to look at all the memorials and history. It was very impressive and I couldn’t believe the amount of memorials and dedications for all the Regiments involved on both side. It really was awesome! Over 51,000 soldiers died, were wounded or went missing during that battle. What a waste of youth. A real carnage!
Gettysburg is a really picturesque town and worth seeing. Lots of history and they have retained a lot of their heritage.
We came back to our site after stopping for a couple of grocery items and found the place busy with Halloween decorations, lights, dozens of kids running around and activities everywhere.

We would have like staying longer but I resent paying these outrageous prices.

N 39* 48’ 54”
W 077* 17’ 08”
Alt: 535 feet
Dist. Today: 118 Km
Av. Speed: 40.9 mph

OCT. 25, Saturday, to Front Royal, Virginia and a minor problem

There is rain this morning but it’s much warmer than it’s been. We left at 10:30 a.m. and headed south on 116 then turned right on 16 to I-81. We stopped for fuel just getting on the Interstate. We paid 3.52 for 10 gals. It began raining in earnest and at times it was so heavy that I had to slow down just to be safe. I find it always amazing how some people drive in that stuff with NO LIGHTS ON!!! Anyway, we crossed into Maryland and 15 minutes later, we were driving in West Virginia. Couldn’t take any pictures due to all the rain. We stopped at the West Virginia Info Centre for some information on Charleston when we go there. It took about an hour to cross W.V. and we finally arrived in Virginia and eventually Front Royal off I-66. As we got off the highway and I made a turn, I looked in my mirror and to my horror, saw a HUGE bulb sticking out of the wall of the rear tire on the 5th-Wheel. I stopped to investigate and saw that there was a 6 inches bulb sticking out of the tire. We drove on slowly to Skyline Ranch Resort where we will be staying for the next 5 days. The bulb blew on the way there but the tire stayed inflated, thank goodness! We will get that fix this week, for sure. Now it’s time to set up and relax. It has been a good day but I am tired and it’s time for dinner.
Oh yeah… I found out that I lost my awning rod. I think I lost it back in Pennsylvania when we were driving on back road and the storage door came open. One more thing to buy!
There is WI-FI here but I have to go to the office so will probably do that tomorrow.

N 38* 54’ 20”
W 078* 17’ 24”
Alt: 804 feet
Dist. Today: 189 km
Av speed: 38.3 Mph

OCT. 26, Sunday, in Front Royal

A beautiful sunny and warm day greeted us this morning. The temperature went up to 66*F in the afternoon. We went to Winchester, about 20 miles from here, to Camping World and bought a few necessary things and awning rod for “Q” (our Quantum). We took Hwy 340 which is very picturesque and also stopped at Costco and Wal-Mart for groceries.
We came back to Front Royal, found out where the tire shop is then came back home to put the groceries away and relax.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October 20 & 21, 2008 In Pennsylvania

OCT. 20, Monday

A sunny day greeted us at 7:30 a.m. I got dress and went to visit with Gilles and Lise while Val got dressed. We said our goodbyes to Lise as she had to leave for an appointment by 9 a.m. After this, we put everything away and unhooked all the hardware such as hoses, power and internet cable. Hooked the truck and pulled into the street and by 10:30 a.m. we were ready to leave. We said our goodbyes to Gilles and Anthony (their son)
We hit the road and eventually made our way to Hwy 55 south, crossed the border with no problems and no search and were on I-91 by 11:30 after a 15 minutes delay at the border. We found Vermont very beautiful and scenic. We stopped for fuel in Ascutney, a town built in 1777. We took on 25 gallons @ 3.799 ( I was running on fumes, I swear) then went through Massachusetts and headed West on I-90 then south on 202 to Southwick. We stopped at Veronique and Stephan’s place ( my niece) and spent the night there. We had a very nice visit and went out for dinner. They have 2 girls who are marvelous and spunky! We hit the bed by 10:30 p.m.

N 42* 03’ 37”
W 072* 45’ 39”
Alt: 262 feet
Av. Speed: 51.7 MPH
Distance today: 517 KM

OCT. 21, Tuesday

We got up at 7:30 and after breakfast and saying our goodbyes to everyone, we went south on Hwy 202 by 9:30 a.m. We drove through Connecticut, a very small State, and after a fuel stop where we took on 15 Gal. @ 3.959, we were in New-York State in no time on I-84. We continued to Pennsylvania where we turned south on Hwy 209 and followed the Delaware River.
We arrived at our night destination in Brodheadsville at a “P.A.” park named Silver creek campground. We have WIFI here so I was able to download this. It’s really windy, gusting to 30 mph at times but we are cozy warm.

N 40* 56’ 39”
W 075* 22’ 32”
Alt: 789 feet
Av. Speed: 44.3 MPH

Dist. Today: 335 KM

Sunday, October 19, 2008

October 12 to 19, 2008, our last week in Dr'Ville

OCT. 12, Sunday. In Drummond’Ville

We got up late to a beautiful day again. We’ve sure been getting the weather lately. I cooked breakfast then we went back to work on the renovations. Varnished the doors and put the final touch on the small trap door in the bathroom. Sure looks great
A good day overall!

OCT. 13, Monday

Gaetan and Diane came out for a visit so we sat by a nice fire. Val cooked Chili for everyone and it was a success. Everyone left around 9 p.m. and Gilles had to get ready to leave for his work.
A good day overall!

OCT. 14, Tuesday

Had a good night sleep and after breakfast, Val did the laundry and I began to pack the bikes and our stuff. Organized the basement and then washed the bugs off the front of the truck and cleaned the inside.
It was sunny this morning but it’s cloudy now, late in the afternoon but it sure is warm…19*C

OCT. 15, Wednesday

We had a bit of rain overnight but right now it’s cloudy with sunny periods and much colder than yesterday. Forecast is for 14*C today which isn’t too bad.
I installed the doors for the new cupboard under the TV. It took this long for the varnish to dry properly. I was going to wash the truck but decided to wait as the forecast is for rain.

OCT. 16, Thursday

It rained overnight and still raining right now at 9 a.m. I sent an e-mail yesterday to Fleetwood again. This time, I made threats to seek outside help and…hold and behold…they finally answered this morning via e-mail. She says she will call our cell later so will see how good she is with her word.
I did a couple chores for Gilles, washed the truck and packed the rest of stuff. All that’s left now is loading the kayaks and step-ladder.

OCT. 17, Friday

Not much to report. I helped Gilles around the yard, took Tucker for walks and packed the BBQ and table.
After dinner, Val made apple crisper dish and we went to share it with Gilles, Lise and Anthony. Came home around midnight and straight to bed.

OCT. 18, Saturday

A very cold night…-5*C! Definitely time to leave.
Big day! Everyone came over to say their goodbyes. It was wonderful. Everyone started arriving around 2 p.m. We had a big fire going outside and then a wonderful dinner. The girls danced inside in the evening while the guys stood outside by the fire chatting and telling stories and lies!
It ended too soon and tears were shed as everyone left. Johnny and Ginette slept over our place and the six of us continued the party until 1:30 a.m.

OCT 19, Sunday Last day in Dr’ville

We didn’t get up until 9:30 a.m. Sunny outside but very cold. Still -2*C and the water line is frozen. It finally thawed about an hour later. We went out for breakfast then Johnny did a couple of touch-up in the rig and then we visited. They left around 5 p.m. and we had dinner with Gilles and Lise then came home and hit the hay by 10 p.m.
Tomorrow, we head south!!!
Downloaded a few pictures in a new folder #23 (Last day and heading south to Vermont)

Monday, October 13, 2008

October 6 to 11, 2008; Drummond'Ville

OCT. 6, Monday,

It was sunny today but cool again. We went into town to get propane and some food, picked up a water bottle at the corner store and came home.
I moved the sewer hose container under the rig so that it was easier to reach then I built a shelf for the front locker. Re-organized a couple of containers and re-sealed the shower stall. (I noticed a leak this morning)
Called the kids in the evening but missed most of them as they had gone out to watch Vanessa play however Hayley was home so we chatted with her for a good while. She has started dancing lessons and likes it a lot. Talking to her made me miss them even more but it was great chatting with Hayley all the same.

OCT. 7, Tuesday

A very chilly night…-1*C (31*F). BRRRRRRR!! It is a sunny day and it’s supposed to go up to 11*C
I fixed the bed frame so that the corners are now rounded and it fits the mattress. Also put the small TV away in its place and picked the leafs outside.
Made a few calls to Insurance office for Insurance into the States and Mexico; Fleetwood (still trying to get an answer on the landing gear motor)…they are ignoring me now that the warranty is over; and our storage at home.
We called the kids again tonight and caught up with Rochelle and Graeme. We wished Graeme a very happy Birthday….he’s 19 now! WOW! He said he was going out with a few friends to the pub as he is now legal. Told him to have fun but DO NOT DRIVE! Actually, he’s fairly responsible so I don’t think he would. Anyway, we spoke at length with Rochelle also but unfortunately, Kevin and Vanessa weren’t home. They sure lead a busy life these kids!
A good day overall.

OCT. 8, Wednesday

It went down to -2*C overnight but it’s supposed to warm up quickly and go to 12*C. Another sunny day and the temperature did go up to 17*C; pretty warm. We went grocery shopping then came home and fixed the satellite reception on our dish, too many trees around.
Got our mail today so catching up to all the magazines I received.

Oct. 9, Thursday

It rained overnight and in the morning but did clear up in the afternoon. It was 11*C first thing this morning and went up 18*C; what a crazy weather but no one is complaining!
My sister Therese came over and spent the afternoon and night with us. Val cooked a stir fry for dinner and we had it with Lise and Anthony. Gilles came home around 7:30 p.m. and he had a small plate that we had saved for him. It did rain in the evening again and over night.

OCT. 10, Friday

Sunny again today. I cooked breakfast then we just sat around and visited with my sister and Gilles’ family. We had dinner together and Therese went home around 7:30 p.m. and we went to bed early today.

OCT. 11, Saturday

Cold night,,,,2*C! But sunny this morning with a few clouds. My brother Johnny and his girlfriend, Ginette, came out from Longueuil and spent the week-end with us. We worked on the rig replacing the fireplace for a storage cupboard, putting the satellite receiver up and out so that we could access it easier, making a hole in the wall in the bathroom for easier access to the shut-off valves for the washer/dryer and a few other odds and ends.
Afterwards we sat around the fire and visited and had a few laughs

9 days to go!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Octobre 1 to 5, 2008, in Drummond'Ville

OCT. 1, Wednesday

We woke up to rain but it stopped later in the morning and was on and off all day. Went to the bank in the afternoon then just relaxed and read. Val cooked a delicious stew for dinner.

OCT. 2, Thursday

Val did the laundry and I put together our medical claim for BC. We also got a call from Joanne (Val’s daughter) with wonderful news that she was pregnant with twins. She is due next April, so another reason to get home next spring.
I got a call from a guy whom I knew when I was an Army Reservist (16 to 18 yrs old). I met him in town and we had a coffee together and brought back so many memories that I felt overwhelmed. It was neat and I am glad he called. I felt kind of bad because as we talked, I really didn’t remember him from that era but he sure did!
Gilles came home tonight and we all had a drink together. It was very windy today. The leafs are falling in droves

OCT. 3, Friday

It was sunny with cloudy period today so we worked on putting all the summer equipment away for the winter and we put up the tarp garage for Lise’s car.
Windy again today and the yard is just covered in leafs and pine needles. Gilles got a call from Johnny to come down and give a hand building an addition to his shed so we all agreed to go.

OCT. 4, Saturday

We left the house around 9:30 a.m., stopped for breakfast and drove to Longueuil to Johnny and Ginette’s place. We spent the rest of the day working on the addition and got it all finished except for the siding. It was sunny and cool which made for a pleasant day.
Ginette cooked us all a marvelous pork roast dinner and we made pigs of ourselves. It was delicious. Afterwards, we visited and finally came home around 11 p.m.
A long but productive day!

OCT. 5, Sunday

Sunny again but very cool. It got down to 2*C (34*F) overnight. We spoke to our friends in Idaho, Steve and Linda, on Skype in the morning. The neat thing is that we were able to see them on our camcorder. Modern technology!
A lazy day sort of, Gilles worked on his lights and I raked the yard. Afterwards, I moved all my stuff in the garage ready to be loaded on the truck as soon as I can wash it.
Andre and Claudette came over from Montreal for a visit. We all had dinner together as Val cooked a lasagna; another success.
Gilles left for Latuque around 8 p.m. and Andre and his girlfriend also left. We cleaned up the dining room and also turned in.
15 days to go to our departure!