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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall 2014 Trip

Fall Trip to the Gulf Shore

September 23

Our trip to the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi started with all the usual excitement and anticipation of any other trip except this one started with a 55 mile one way trip in the wrong direction. Our first two days will be spent in Rogers MN at Camping World. We are parked in the rear of the building where they maintain six spots for people having service performed or those just needing a place to park for the evening. We knew that before we could travel again we had to make a change as to the vehicle we would tow behind the RV. Our little Saturn just didn’t have it anymore and we didn’t feel it could take another trip. We have known for some time now that our next tow vehicle would be a jeep and a couple of weeks ago we found the one we wanted. We are at Camping World now because they are installing the necessary equipment required to enable the jeep to obediently follow us around while attached quietly to back of the RV.  

September 24

We woke this morning after a cool rainy night. We had to have the jeep ready for Camping World at 8:30. So we drove around front and gave them the jeep and we walked over to MacDonald’s for coffee. We are now back at the RV where we are grounded until sometime tomorrow. Fortunately we have an electrical hookup which means we have TV.  Update: we got a call at 3:00 saying they were finished with the jeep and ready for the RV. I asked how long they needed and was told that without any problems they would finish with everything by 5:00. They were finished at 5:00.
We decided that it was too late to head out so we decided to spend the night again. We drove over to Applebee’s for super and then back to the RV for some TV and an early bedtime.

September 25

We were very anxious this morning to first see if we could properly hook up the jeep to the RV and secondly to get on the road and get out of town. Everything worked as planned and we hit the road at 7:00. Traffic was very heavy all the way to the Mall of America where it thinned out enough to drive the speed limit. It was a beautiful drive as we made our way down to Red Wing and picked up the   river road. The sun finally came out in southern Minnesota and the temperature climbed to 75, perfect. Many of the trees have begun to change and the colors were beautiful.

We are staying this evening at Miller Riverview Park in Dubuque, IA. We are right on the river with great views.