Monday, June 29, 2015



I knew it was 3 a.m. in the morning because I saw the big red numbers on my digital clock as I bolted out of bed & made for our front door.  Had just been suddenly awakened by an all to familiar clatter on our steel roof.  Rain!!  We have all been awakened by an unsuspecting rain in the middle of the night & immediately panicked when it happens..........did I close the car windows, the outside shed door, did I leave my camera sitting on the deck???  My mind right away went to the driver's window in the Motorhome.  I know I had put it down in the afternoon but did I remember to put it up.  Knowing me as well as I do I knew I it wasn't likely I had remembered to close it.  It was pouring rain like nuts when I stumbled through our front door onto the porch grabbing an old baseball hat along the way.  I was in my jammies as I slogged my way across the already sodden front yard.  My legs are too short for my pyjama bottoms so I was trodding on them all the way to the rig.  Luckily I didn't have to fumble for keys to unlock the door so I sailed right in & up the steps.  Imagine my surprise when I found the window closed.  Now how did that happen.  Surely I wouldn't have remembered to close the window.  Well sometimes I just have to give myself the benefit of the doubt I guess.  Score one for AL. for a change  Now a mad dash through the rain back to the house.  Squish, Squish, Squish, as my soaked pyjama bottoms became one with my thoroughly soaked slippers.  Didn't really realize how wet I actually was until I got inside.  Well no point in going back to bed so I just sloshed my way through the living room to my recliner, poured myself into it, drew a blanket over me, turned on the mind numbing TV, closed my eyes & I was gone in minutes.  Somehow woke up dry about 3 hours later & it was the start, or second start to another Bayfield Bunch day. 
We loaded up the Pheebs in the RV & headed out by 7:45 this morning.  Under sunny skies we had an uneventful but scenic drive all the way to London.  Cities are cities so we just gritted our teeth, thanked the powers that be we didn't have to live in a city & bulled our way right through London & out the other side.  Another 20 minutes of driving & we were pulling into Gammons RV Sales & Service at the east end of St. Thomas Ontario.


On the phone earlier AL from Gammons had asked us to turn the fridge on when leaving Bayfield so we had done that.  Although the fridge sorta worked a bit on the way down it was not as cold as it should have been when we got there.  Preliminary checks were made as the process of elimination procedure was followed.  Everything seemed to be in order.  Al said to leave the rig for a day or two & he would monitor temperatures & see if he could get to the bottom of the on again off again problem.   Unhooked the Jeep & with Pheebs in the back seat we headed back to Bayfield arriving home sometime around 1 p.m. 



Don't know what's got into me about keeping this Jeep Liberty of ours all shiny & sparkly but no sooner home & I had a bucket of soapy suds & the garden hose out again.  Filled up the vacuum with muffin crumbs & that was about it for the day.  Temperatures turned muggy & I heard my relaxing recliner & cooling fan calling my name. Gotta love those short afternoon Siestas:))


Upriverdavid in our Shout Box asked, 'did you ever post how your new TV antenna is working'? I'm assuming URD is inquiring about the magic jack antennae we put on the Big EEE last summer.  Can't remember if I posted about it or not but it's a bit of a tough question to answer because we rarely watch TV when we're on the road & if we do it's generally hard to get any channels anyway because of the remote spots we usually like to boondock in.  Not as easy to pick up multitudes of channels on the west side of the country as it is on the mid to eastern side.  Far more big cities in the east & with no mountain obstacles TV signals travel further unimpeded. 
Had a photo of Kelly's sewing machine cabinet project last week showing the color she had painted the top.  An obvious long time reader noticed the color then remembered back to last winter & the winter before when we were trying to decide what color to paint the white front door in our adobe ranch house in Congress Arizona.  Reader suggested the color used for Kelly’s cabinet top could also be used to paint that white door.  Great idea & that is exactly what we intend to do.  We'll be taking that can of paint with us in the Fall & I intend to paint that door not long after we get there.  Thanks for that suggestion reader:))

Nice to see Lynda & Howard from Stillhowlyntravels had a post up on June 25th.  They had been out of touch for awhile but soon as I saw they were back up & active again I quickly had them back on my blog roll Sunday night.  We met Lynda & Howard this past winter in Borrego Springs.  Truly nice folks:)) 


UPDATE::: Just before posting this tonight AL from GAMMON'S RV SALES & SERVICE called saying he found the reason for our refrigerator problems.  When the previous owner installed the fridge himself a piece of insulation was scrunched back blocking the vent.  The blockage was not visible with a mirror looking up the vent from the bottom but when Al climbed atop the rig & removed the large vent cover & had a look down he saw the problem right away.  The previous owner was an RV Park person so always had the fridge plugged into electric & probably never ever ran it on propane so therefore was unaware of the blocked vent.  Al said as soon as he cleared the insulation blockage the fridge worked perfectly for the rest of the day.  We are a little disappointed with Camping World in that they obviously never removed the roof vent cover & checked the vent for obstructions when they did a ‘refrigerator service’ a few months ago.  It is something they should have checked knowing we were having a problem.  Cost us $65 in Congress for a fellow to tell us he couldn’t find anything wrong with it then another $88 at Camping World to tell us they couldn’t find anything wrong with it either.  For $65+ tax Al from Gammons has not only located the problem but has fixed it as well.  Two thumbs up for Gammons RV Sales & Service in St. Thomas Ontario.  We will roll out in the morning & head ourselves back to Gammons & pick up the rig:))


GROANER'S CORNER:((  Three elderly gents were talking about what their grandchildren would be saying about them fifty years from now. "I would like my grandchildren to say, 'He was successful in business,'" declared the first man.  "Fifty years from now," said the second, "I want them to say, 'He was a loyal family man.'" Turning to the third gent, he asked, "So what do you want them to say about you in fifty years?"  "Me?" the third one replied. "I want them to say, 'He certainly looks good for his age.'"


My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs.  She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"  "What's the matter?" I asked.  "There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they're eating the tuna casserole I made tonight."
"That'll teach them!" I replied.


  1. Thank goodness it was an easy fix but ouch to Camping World. Wouldn't hurt to call the manager and relay the details to him. Maybe you'll get an in store credit.

    Don't know how you do it but those butterfly photos are beyond stunning.

  2. Great news on the fridge. It's so hot around here that the fridge doesn't have a chance unless everything is perfect - which reminds me - I need to go check the temps. We're loading tomorrow.

  3. We had the same problem in our old 5th wheel. One fellow wanted $1400 to repair it. When I told another repairman about it, he said he could do it for $750. I said go ahead and do it. When he came over to get the model number, he said I didn't have a problem (can't remember what it was) He said I had an air flow problem. Removed the cover and the insulation had fallen down. He didn't charge me a dime.

  4. Had a problem with our fridge and the same thing....took it in, they found nothing and charged us of course. I did some research and went back to the same dealer and got a new burner, David installed it and we were back in propane business. These guys are slack. What a waste of time and money to take Winnona in there. Glad you found a good service place and they actually fixed your problem. Thanks for the comment. Great to see you out there. I've read Bryson's AT book and many others by real through hikers. He is funny but having read so many of them, there are quite a few untruths in Bryson's.

  5. Nice to finally get your fridge working properly, such a small easy fix too.
    Have always like the small shops for better service than the big chain stores and places, usually much better service, word of mouth it what they rely on for business.

  6. Great pictures of that Swallowtail tonight Al!

  7. Isn't that always the way? Such a simple fix that no one could find..Glad it wasn't a new refrig that you needed!

  8. Love the butterfly. I'll look forward to seeing that painted door when we find our way to Congress :-) It seems too many service places are ready to just say they can't find something wrong these days. I know some of the systems are more complicated, but something like air flow seems pretty standard to check. Glad your guy figured it out and you know it's fixed now.