August 29, 2014 – Leaving Michigan

We woke to a campground of strangers this morning. After juice, coffee, brushing our teeth and getting dressed, we began our routine preparations to get underway:

 Outside chairs, tables and mats in – CHECK
 Loose inside items stored – CHECK
 Antenna repositioned – CHECK
 Slides in and locked – CHECK
 Jacks retracted – CHECK
 GPS Programmed – CHECK
 Jeep hooked up – CHECK
 Brake and Directional lights checked – CHECK
 Started the coach to get on the road – CHECK
 Steps in – OOPS … OUT AGAIN?

Fortunately, the “override” worked … but instead of heading for Ohio, we made a return call of General RV … arriving 4 minutes before they opened … and pulling up directly in front of one of their first-come-first-serve service doors. When it was suggested that we pull in, we did not hesitate.
General RV Service Bay (a), Wayland, MI - 2104-08-29Over the course of the next hour, five service technicians and two service managers gathered around, looked under the coach,
General RV Service Bay (c), Wayland, MI - 2104-08-29checked various fuse boxes (one of which I didn’t know existed), replaced one fuse (which solved another minor problem having nothing to do with the steps), scratched their heads … occasionally bumping them when climbing out from under, and discussing the problem.

Finally, I was told that the problem was fixed … and it appeared that was the case.

As we drove out the service bay door, Debbie and I noticed the steps which had been retracted suddenly extending. Egads!

Several of our new found service friends watched as I jammed on the brakes … and walked slowly up to our coach door, obviously thinking, “What now?”

After rechecking whether the door was tight when shut, which was the case, it suddenly hit us that one of the wires connected to the magnet on the door frame (which had been replaced during our prior visit last Monday) was loose due to a single screw which had not been properly tightened.

By 10:30, we were finally on the road.

Entering the Indiana Turnpike (I-80/I-90), we headed for the EZ-Pass lane only to discover the lady ahead of us either had no idea she was in an EZ-Pass lane or was actually looking for a receipt.

YES ... She was a Blonde!

YES … She was a Blonde!

Aside from two 20+ mile detours through fields of soy and corn
Soy and Corn, US-127, North of Van Wert, OH - 2014-08-29our drive was relatively uneventful … with the highlights found in Van Wert, Ohio where we passed

A flying fish

A flying fish

Old fashion town clock

Old fashion town clock

Colorful building mural

Colorful building mural

Architecturally interesting homes

Architecturally interesting homes

And the Van Wert County Fair … where I had to restrain Debbie for entering in one of their featured events.
Van Wert County Fairgrounds Sign, Van Wert, OH - 2014-08-29arriving at a KOA in Wapakoneta, Ohio around 4:30 PM.
2014-08-29 - Wapakoneta KOA, Wapakoneta, OH - Site 94However, all’s well that ends well … as is a safe trip which ends with a glass of wine!

 

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