Wow, what a vacation. Busy, busy, busy but very rewarding. We spent the first week, from the 14th to the 19th or so, catching up on things at home. Collecting the mail, making emergency well repairs, again, and finding someone to mow the unkept mess that we call a lawn.
The second week, at least the first part of the week was spent getting ready for the "Restoring Honor" rally in D.C.. Words are inadequate to make known the true impact of this event. The estimates as seen in the Lame stream media of 87000 to 300,000 are absolutely ludicrous.
Though I have no experience or hidden abilities to count or estimate a crowd size, I can tell you that I think even I can tell the difference between 87000 "normal roamers" on the mall and what is to be believed as well over 600,000 attendees standing around enjoying an onstage event. Never the less, here are some pictures so that you can decide for yourself.
While we were away from home for the rally, we stayed at a lodge type resort in Gordonsville VA, about 90 miles or so south of D.C.. This lodge was amazing. We had with us my sister, her husband and a long time friend and his wife. We rented a 2 bedroom 2 bath log cabin with a hide-a-bed couch at the resort which was called "Shenandoah Crossing". Man, what a beautiful, well kept, scenic, even all inclusive resort.
The top picture is of one of the three pool areas. Obviously, this is one of the outside area, but there also 2 others and they have indoor pool areas as well.
The next photo is the view from our living room area at or near sunset. We had a screened in deck with a barbecue, a full kitchen, all the amenities for which you could ask. The third picture down is a picture of the outside of the cabin we rented. Honestly, this place was phenomenal. We could not have asked for a better place to stay, or for better company with which to spend our week of solitude. An entire week of no truck talk, very little political talk, no work, no worries other than where to go, what to eat, who's historical home site to visit, and where to spend next years time off.
We met some great people in and around Gordonsville VA and Charlottesville VA area while we were there visiting Thomas Jefferson's palatial estate and James Monroe's place as well. It seemed that everywhere we went, we met and spoke to several people that were going to attend the "Restoring Honor" rally in D.C.. Even though we were at least 90 miles from D.C., there was no shortage of God fearing, Bible toting, America loving Patriots ready for an amazing day of "Restoring Honor".
We met Charles F Knight and his wife of Cedar Log Systems who came all the way from Colorado to be at the rally. Again, even 90miles south of D.C., it was as if everyone we visited with came for the rally on Saturday.
The third picture here is a picture in this group of a couple of young ladies we met while touring Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville VA. They are Alyssa on the left and Angie on the right. What a great couple of nice young ladies touring and learning about one of America's great founders and presidents.
On Sunday morning, after the rally on Saturday, it was time for us all to head our separate ways. Head for the house. After breakfast at the lodge restaurant, we, Tina and I, took the other four in our party to the airport in Charlottesville VA and we headed south in our rental van from Enterprise RAC. The other flew into St Louis and then drove the last 50 miles or so from there to their respective houses. Tina and I arrived home on Monday morning at about 0200 and went directly to bed. We needed a day or so to catch up on rest after our time in D.C..
Just like a punch to the jaw, it was back to reality, back to working on the truck, and getting things ready for another four months on the road. As stated in an earlier post, I had a lot of repairs and maintenance to perform on the 912 truck. I designed, built and installed a remote lube system for the rear suspension so that I no longer have to crawl around on the ground to lube the S-cam brackets and the slack adjusters, I had to replace the air drier filter, which turned into a fiasco all it's own. I had to repair the vent hose for the holding tank, repair the generator to run no matter how hot it gets outside, I changed the oil and filters and much, much more, including a hand wash.
I actually finally finished the majority of the work at about 0500 on Thursday morning, the 2nd. Now I could take Friday off, completely and enjoy my time on my own. Well, not exactly.
When we called dispatch on Wednesday to remind them of our would be readiness on Friday, they asked if we would leave early on Friday, empty move up to Jacksonville Fl and pull a load that night back to Orlando before leaving for Las Vegas on Saturday morning. We agreed, so that we could have the Las Vegas load on Saturday morning. We went and had our ritualistic last leisurely set down meal at about noon Friday and then came home and left the house for Jacksonville at about 1400.
The load from there to Orlando was ready at 2100 and off we went to Orlando after our pre-trip inspection. We arrived in Orlando at about midnight and went to bed to rest up for the trip to Vegas. Our load to Vegas was ready at 0500.
We had to make 3 fuel stops on the way to Vegas. We stopped in Reddick FL at the Petro and then Pearl MS and Albuquerque NM at the Flying J travel Plazas.
The heat in Vegas on Monday was borderline oppressive. At the heat of the day the temps topped 110 deg and there just is no shade...not that it would have made any difference. Incidentally, the repairs to the generator to make it run no matter how hot it was outside, completely unsuccessful but I'll keep trying.
We are now sitting in Salt Lake City UT. The weather is far more comfortable here than it was in Vegas. Currently, 1600 est it is about 60 deg. Brrrrr, I might need a jacket.
I have no idea to where we are headed from here. I'm sure we will know soon though. Our west coast dispatch is very much on the ball so they will get us moving soon.
As a quick programing note here. We have been invited to speak at a Tea Party event in Collinsville IL. at the American Legion Hall. We will be there, with the 912 Truck and it would be great to see some of my truck driving friends and area 9/12er's and Tea party Patriots alike.
I will be speaking on honor and honor in activism. I hope to see some of you there.
In the mean time...Here is a novel item for the coming election year. When The Politicians Are On TV, Blowing Hot Air And You Want To Scream, Just Grab Your Doll And Give It A Fling, Let Them Know...Hey, You Work For Me.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND A useful, bipartisan doll to give you something to throw while watching the news and listening to the politicians lie with every motion of their lips. Throw your doll and scream while never causing any damage to your television. These dolls now come with a retrieval string for retrieval without moving from your perch on the couch.
All Dolls are bipartisan, Republican on 1 side, Democrat on the other.
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In God I Trust Have a Great Day and a Better Tomorrow ADW