Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Short Ride

Friday, March 27, 2020

We decided to take a ride around the area and check out a couple of RV Parks nearby. We hope to come back this way and explore the history of the Civil War that is plentiful in this area. 

Stepping out our door this little circle of sunshine
was looking up at me.
Yes, I truly do think dandelions are beautiful

We took a quick ride downtown on Thursday I just forgot to put them in the blog.


Friday's ride took us on back roads.

So many of the churches in the southern states have steeples.

We went by some obvious wet areas.

We did find one small park that we would consider staying at when we come back this way. It was a quiet ride down some narrow roads and enjoyable couple of hours.

Today, Saturday, March 28, 2020

We paid the bill at Pro-Fleet Truck & Trailer Repair today and the Stinger "B" is presently parked across the parking lot. We will be on our way in the morning. Tom and I will have a few more things to say about this business in the next blog. For now I will just say we feel totally fairly treated by the owner of this business. No one who has ever done work on any of our vehicle we have owned has ever followed us home to make sure everything was working properly and to ask how the vehicle was driving. Today this gentleman did just this.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Delayed in Mississippi

Thursday, March 26, 2020

We are still at the Quality Inn in Corinth, Mississippi. It seems we were a little optimistic about leaving here on Friday. Tom got a call to come over to the diesel shop this morning. When he got there they showed him our manifold and the several cracks that are in it. Tom made the decision to replace versus repairing. At this point we feel this decision will be less stressful. So there is a chance we will be leaving Saturday but the part arriving will dictate our departure. 

We had the opportunity to see and talk with our grandchildren on a video chat today and that  certainly brought brightness into our day.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 (Catch up post)

Another rainy day but we decided to take a ride.

Raindrops on the front windshield. It was raining when
we started the ride.

This is were we turned around today.

The rain had stopped and with no one around
we decided to take this walk .

Wildflowers along the path and a new tree. (Upper Left)

This is a damp area and there is a lot of moss on the trail.

Clicking on the picture will enlarge it to read about this spot.

Just liked the look of this very large tree.

More views as we head home on the Natchez Trace.

This dome house was near the Natchez Trace RV Park
we were staying at.  We did see several of these in the
area . Googling the only thing I could find is that this
shape of a house is safer in a hurricane and a tornado.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Today and Last Saturday A Visit to Elvis's Birthplace

(Clicking on the pictures should open them larger in a new window.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Today was a quiet day in our life. Tom took a run over to the diesel shop to see what was happening and to pick up a few things out of the Stinger "B". Other then that we watched some television. It looks like they may have the Stinger "B" back on the road tomorrow afternoon sometime. If not then we are looking at Friday. They are going through everything including our generator to make sure there is no other damage in the engine. At the same time they are servicing our engine so we will be good to go for awhile.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Yes, I am again doing a catch up post.)

It was not raining and we decided to take a ride north on the Natchez Trace. It really is a pretty road and as we ride we see the trees starting to bloom. There are a lot of Red Buds blooming and occasionally we see a Dogwood tree. Plus, there are fields filled with golden yellow wildflowers. I have said most of this before and probably will again as I have one more post about the time we spent there.

Not sure what highway we were on
 by Tupelo but the semis are moving.

Presley Heights Water Tower

This is a really pretty park but a little ways off the beaten
path. It would be a wonderful place to sit and relax or bring
a family for the weekend. There was a nice playground area.

We then decided to take a ride by and check out
Elvis's Birthplace.

When we pulled into the parking lot there were only two
other cars so we decide to get out and take a walk around
the grounds. Everyone we saw while there kept a good
distance and like us seemed to be enjoying the day.

There was no way we could have skipped taking this selfie.

It was interesting to read what those who knew him
had to say about who he was.

This 1939 green Plymouth sedan is a replica of the car the
Presley family drove when the left Tupelo for Memphis.

We could see this from down the hill and decided to take
the stairs up to check it out.

Flowers on the way up the hill.

This is what was on top of the hill.

Tom reading one of the panels.

This is was also at the top of the hill.

Looks like this would be a wonderful place to just
sit and relax.

One thing we talked about as walking around was how visitor friendly this place is. There are benches all around to sit and relax as you tour the grounds. Plus, it is nicely laid out and well kept up. I am sure the inside displays are worth the cost of a ticket. We plan on coming back this way again and will certainly come back to see the inside.

The rivers are high.

Heading back to the RV Park

the sun was trying to make an appearance.

The Natchez Trace RV Park

and there is the Stinger "B".
We are home after an enjoyable day.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sixty Miles and Things Came to a Screeching Halt Or In Reality a Whistling Stop

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

When we arrived at the Natchez Trace RV Park in Shannon, MS we had planned on staying a week on Sunday we decided to leave a day early. The internet signal at this park is poor at best and inconsistent. With everything going on in our country right now because of the Coronavirus we felt the need to be in a place were we could get the latest news and keep up to date. Fortunately, we did have cellphone service, along with the ability to text and messenger was working. Sunday we were able to secure a place in Hanna Indiana for two weeks so our goal was to take three days and arrive on Friday.

It was cloudy and wet when we took off early this morning. For about fifty-five miles things went really well.  Then we saw the Mississippi Welcome Center and stopped to eat breakfast around 9:30.

A nice perk for RVer's we noticed  a place to get water
and on the way out a Dump Station.

For the first ten miles we were on the Natchez Trace. The plan is to come back this way in the future and next time we plan on checking out the entire 444 miles. Between the weather and so many things being closed this was not the time to do it.

Top Left: The Bridge we are about to go over.
Top Right: Looking back at where we spent the last six days
as we drove over the bridge. The trees are starting to bud and
the fields are filled with golden wildflowers.  

Merging on to US-45 we noticed three things.
First there is not as much traffic.

Secondly, the semis are definitely still out there.
The third  thing was that several of the rivers have gone
over their banks. 

Back to what happened after about sixty miles. We pulled out of the Mississippi Welcome center and as we merged into the traffic we could hear a distinct whistling sound coming from the engine. Tom pulled off at the weigh station, While he got out to check things out I did a search for a nearby diesel repair shop.

When I stepped out to see what he had found a Patrol person from the weigh station came over close and personal to see if we had an issue and could he help. So much for social distancing. Not being able to see any issues and there was no smoke Tom decided to start back up while the young man watched to see if he could see anything unusual. Still no smoke and while we were not moving no unusual noises so we slowly took off.

Merging into traffic he immediately knew there was definitely something wrong. I pulled up the directions to the diesel shop, we took the next exit, and headed back three miles to the repair place. The closer we got the more he noticed we were losing power.

We pulled in and the two gentleman immediately said it sounds like there is an issue with your turbo. We unhooked the Jeep and they got us pulled into their garage where they could take a better look. After checking things out they showed Tom with their Snake Camera just how bad it was. A hose had disconnected and something, probably gravel, had gotten inside and all the blades on our Turbo were "chewed up". It sounds like we were lucky to have gotten there and this is going to be one of our more expensive weeks.

The  New Turbo is on its way and should be here Wednesday and they will be replacing our air filter. He showed Tom the air filter and his guess is the shop that has been doing out servicing has not changed the air filter ever. Tom will be addressing that issue with the diesel shop when we get home.

That was our morning. We are presently at a Quality Inn  in Corinth, MS and the Stinger "B" is in a garage at Pro-Fleet Truck & Trailer Repair. The estimate is two to three days before we are back on the road.

If it is true things happen in threes we should be good. The refrigerator, then the fan belt and tightener, now the Turbo.

FYI:  "a Whistling Stop" that was the sound, a loud whistling sound the Turbo was making.

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