Moving on – to Decatur, IN and Repairs

9/6/13 Friday at Decatur, IN (Fleetwood RV Service)

Took our time saying good by to our dear Lewis and Clark friends, thus we left about 9:30 am. Pretty smooth trip, although, I must say, I-75 is really busy. I’d say it was busier than I-90 through Cleveland! Karen had noted I-75 and I-74 are the busiest interstates in the Midwest. I sure agree. As I typed this, an ambulance rushed past us. I told John I sure hope it’s not going to an accident on this road. The good news: no accident ahead of us and then we turned off onto US-30. Love that road. Quiet compared to I-75, 4 lanes with nice shoulders. Even smooth except for the bridges.

Miles of soybeans and corn. Where do they grow the rest of our food?

Finally got to the Fleetwood Service Center, after noon. I’m not sure I explained why we’re taking our Monaco built Safari rig to a Fleetwood Service Center.  It’s because Monaco, having been bought by Navistar then the RV division at Navistar was sold to Allied Specialty Vehicles,  which is  no longer supporting the Monaco Service Center in Wakarusa, IN (where we had the leaks fixed in the first place).  You could say we blasted their ears off telling Gary and his technician (who will be responsible for our repairs) all the issues we’d like addressed. This strikes me as a very organized, helpful group. They let you watch as they work on your rig – that says a lot. They have some big challenges ahead with those leaks and our 2 touchy slides. It would be nice to be near and watch what they do, but it’s also hard to live on a gravel lot, so we’re fine with heading out to Leavenworth for Dorothy’s birthday celebration. My Internet hotspot works great here, so that’s a blessing!

We basically reviewed routes we’ll be taking in this next group of trips, relaxed, had supper, then had a walk around Building #1. We are parked right next to a busy highway and railroad. Sure hope it’s quiet tonight.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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