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  • JEBar
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    for the last week since I added to this thread, our time in Estelline had pretty much settled into a routine .... almost daily storms with heavy rain and strong wind come and go .... various family members stop of a visit and "coffee" at mid morning and mid afternoon .... campers come and go .... that all changed shortly before midnight last night .... Maureen began having intense pain from an ingrown toenail .... I took a look at it and yes I could have cut out the part causing the problem .... that said, there is no way to do so without causing her even more pain .... so, off we go to the Emergency Room at the hospital 20 some miles south in Brookings .... road construction down there requires driving a poorly marked path through residential / business areas so as to be able to come into the hospital from the rear ... we did make it .... the Emergency Room staff was exceptionally nice and we were impressed with both them and their facility .... back to the camper and finally settled in for the nigh just before 3AM .... back to Brookings early this morning to pick up antibiotics, pain pills and bandage items .... on the way took on good solid fuel for the first time since the day after we got here .... during those 5 weeks we put 899.7 miles on our truck, over that distance she averaged 12.1 mpg .... that's about as good as she gets .... tomorrow we have to schedule an appointment with a Podiatrist for Maureen so we will most likely go back to Brookings again .... she's doing fine but the Emergency Room doctor said more work needs to be done to help insure the problem doesn't come back

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  • wiredgeorge
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    We owned a Lance 815 a few years ago. Missus HATED the shower on the toilet vibe. We were likely seriously overloaded on our little 1/2 ton chassis.

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  • Joe&Linda
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    Your picture brings back good memory's of truck camper we had when went to Alaska.

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  • JEBar
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    busy, busy day in the neighborhood .... second day of a 10 year old and younger baseball tournament that has drawn teams from miles and miles around .... all campsites are full, families with kids are everywhere .... heavy thunderstorms are all around but its been dry here in Estelline since mid morning ... a big walleye fishing tournament over on Lake Thompson with several relatives participating in it has been stopped early due to lightening .... its spooky still right now, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if a storm moves through here at most any time .... we don't see too many pickup truck slide-in campers back in NC .... one moved in next to us yesterday and will be here for a couple of days

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  • JEBar
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    Originally posted by wiredgeorge View Post
    You travelling seems to bring on buckets of rain!
    that's been often noted over time ....the picture below was taken yesterday .... it shows Highway 81 7.5 miles south of Arlington .... 81 is a main north/south 2 lane Federal highway with a 65 mph speed limit .... that area is about 18 miles south west of where we are camped .... the only thing on our schedule for today is a 40 mile round trip to Brookings for grocery/supply shopping
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  • wiredgeorge
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    You travelling seems to bring on buckets of rain!

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  • JEBar
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    shortly after noon the rain moved on and things begin to dry out .... we were scheduled to drive to at nearby town tonight to watch a couple of relatives kids play baseball ... apparently, their playing field hasn't dried out sufficiently so the games have been cancelled .... can't say that I'm sorry .... we've been here for about a month and I don't recall a single day passing without friends from years gone by dropping in to visit with Maureen .... as noted in post 1 in this thread, we've had to change our route home .... its hard to believe that a road we need to travel on our way home is still closed following flooding last March .... now that reservations have been changed, we can only hope there won't be any further flooding or other such disruptions

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  • JEBar
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    for the most part, today was a relaxing one and for the most part, a beautiful one as well .... 2 housekeeping chores taken care of --- cleaned and placed the Frogmore cooking gear back in storage --- had to drive 3 blocks to town where we refilled one of our camper's 40lb propane tanks .... sadly, refilling tanks is expensive out here but its cheaper than hauling it 50+ miles to save a few bucks at the next place where we can get it filled ....

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  • JEBar
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    its become a family tradition and really went well .... one of those things that we really look forward to and are somewhat relieved once its over ....

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  • Housted
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    Jim,
    Inquiring minds are wondering how it went.
    Been following your adventures.

    Housted

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  • JEBar
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    dead on .... grilling/carving meats was yesterday .... prepping veggies begins about 9AM .... burner will be lit around 10:30 .... cooking begins around 11 .... serve around 12:30

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  • avvidclif
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    Lots of work goes into hosting one of those. Fun while it lasts but glad when it's over.

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  • JEBar
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    today has truly beautiful day in the neighborhood .... its been a long time since we ran our Holland Companion for something over 5 hours .... we are now about as ready as we can get for tomorrow's gathering of Maureen's family .... the plan for tomorrow is to start cooking around 9:30 and eat around 1PM .... after tomorrow our customary organization of July family gathering will have been met .... I always enjoy it but do freely admit that I'm also happy to see it over

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  • JEBar
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    our only agenda items for today have been going uptown to buy ice to precool our big cooler and a trip to Walmart in Brookings for a meds refill and buy groceries needed for Sunday's family gathering .... thankfully this morning's rain has passed .... hopefully things will have a couple of days to dry out before the next storms roll through .... big day on tap for tomorrow precooking and preparing food items for Sunday's Frogmore .... in addition, testing the burner used cooking the Frogmore is a top priority

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  • JEBar
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    its been a beautiful 4th in east central South Dakota .... understand from our kids that they've had pretty strong thunderstorms back home .... at noon we grilled burgers at a relatives and later mowed under our slide overhangs .... we have to get serious in the morning about getting ready for Sunday's Frogmore .... we've been in Estelline for 3 weeks and since our arrival we have put over 500 miles on our truck .... if things continue as they appear, we'll be pushing 4,500 miles covered by the time we get back home

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