On Thursday, November 8th we departed the Winston-Salem area. While we were in Pennsylvania this summer Marc installed all of the needed equipment to flat tow our car. In Winston-Salem we sold our tow dolly, so this would be our first trip flat towing, which so far is much easier than using the dolly.
We spent the first night boondocking at a Walmart in Lebanon, Tennessee. The next day we made it to Tom Sawyer Campground which is near Memphis. This campground has great views of the Mississippi River. While we were there we were able to see my high school friend Connie and her family. We were thrilled to catch up with them again.
Early Sunday morning we headed west again. We were able to watch church (except for Marc who just listened.) I even tried my hand at driving. I drove about 100 miles that day so that Marc could have a break. We made it 414 miles to Miami, Oklahoma. We stayed at a casino that had free electric which we were very thankful since it was getting cold.
When we woke up the next morning it was snowing. We made our way to the Newell factory where our bus was made more than 35 years ago. When I knew we would be close to the factory I scheduled a tour. Brian, the salesman who gave us the tour took us to the file room first. The have a record of every Newell ever commissioned. Each of the approximately 30 Newells that are built each year are designed by the new owner and the engineers there. Each one is individual. We were able to see the file and blueprint from 1983 for our Newell, which was really cool. Brian took us through the process which takes about 6 months from raw metal to finished product. He even showed us a new bunk model. We really appreciated his time and knowledge. The new ones are really nice!
After our tour we decided to keep moving west. Marcus and I drove the car because the tow bar needed some work. That is one thing I have learned on the road. Things don’t always go just as planned, but God is always there and Marc can fix almost anything. We made it to El Reno, Oklahoma to another casino with free electric. In the morning, Marc was able to fix the tow bar and we were on our way.
We were able to make it to Amarillo on Tuesday. We had a late lunch at the Big Texan and made a quick stop at Cadillac Ranch.
I was very cold Wednesday morning. We chatted with our neighbors. They were headed to Arizona, too. Before we could get on our way Marc did some work at a truck stop to fix a transmission fluid leak on the car. At least it was warming up.
We made it to Albuquerque by late afternoon. We were excited to meet up with our traveling friends and their family for dinner. It was so nice to see them!
On Thursday we were up early and on our way. Marc and I took turns driving and we made it around 400 miles to our home for the next couple of weeks, Usery Mountain Regional Park. This is the park we hosted at a couple of years ago. The views and the people can’t be beat. It is such a blessing to be here!