Come out of Your Shell

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Saturday, June 7, 2008 8am we decide to replace the GFI outlet in bathroom.  Sparky is a wonderful electrician.  All is well, and we are back on track and only 2 hrs behind the original schedule!  Not bad and just in time as Johnnie O's moving Vegas Lingerie Boutique just pulled in.  We decided to fuel in town before going down more narrow small town roads at the recommendation of the RV Park's customer relations gal. We found a Shell station 2 miles down the road.  We pulled in and were forced to go to the wrong pumps due to a truck.  We didn't realize this until we had turned off the RV and were ready to pump.  We got back into the RV to move it and ........ dead in the water.  Generator works, but nothing on the chasey - not even hazard lights!  Tried the axillary start....Nothing.  Tried to jump it traditionally.....Nothing.  We were sitting in the middle of the gas station cutting off access to 4 pumps and couldn't move.  We decided we would call roadside assistance.  We were told 1 - 1/2 hours max and someone would be there to help.  2 hrs later we were still waiting in our Shell for Roadside assistance.   Good thing the grumpy old owner isn't in today.  Tommy (roadside assistance) arrives and an hour later we still don't have power.  We decide to eat lunch and play some cards all the while watching people coming and going and filling their tanks with gasoline.  The kids were wonderful through it all.  Ellen decided to take the kids to Bridal cave for a change of scenery.  Clarkism "kids there are 5,380 mapped caves in the Ozarks."  It was much cooler amongst the stalagmites and stalagmites. Lets not forget the PT doesn't have air conditioning.  When they replaced the timing belt they removed the air conditioner and evidentially didn't put it back so that it still worked.  Anyway, after the tour, we found out that Tommy had called the technician at Monaco RV and figured out that the internal connections in a switch between the batteries to the starter had lost contact.  Whew!  5pm and we were back on the road.  Zoom, zoom, zoom around the windy roads.  We are going 35 miles under the speed limit, not because of our size but because that is how they drive here.  We are on our way to Eminace and realize that it is eminent that we don't stay there.  We move onward to Poplar Bluff and look for Wally World again.  We found it and also found that the parking lot is the turn around for the high school cruise. Hundreds of tricked out vehicles going around and around.  The next door neighbor decided to move on down the road it  was so noisy.  The traffic here, one might think it a parade!  Not sure when the excitement comes to an end here on "Cruise Row", but we are here for the night.  Good Night.  2 am and they are still racing by................
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