2012 Time to Work, Time to Play, & Time to Serve travel blog

Today's route

Crossing the Red River into Texas

Welcome to Texas

Ike's head

MEMC silcon wafer plant Serman, TX

The corn is ready for harvest in North Texas, not sure if...

Lunch at Spring Creek BBQ

Sue leaving Southwest International

Princeton WWII POW Camp

Winnie bedded down for the night at Lighthouse RV Park

We left Oklahoma this morning and crossed over the Red River into Texas just north of Denison, Texas. Just after you pass Denison on route 69 is a giant head of President Eisenhower. Apparently Ike was born in Denison. I always thought he was born in Kansas. The Eisenhower’s actually moved from York, PA to Kansas in the 1880’s where Ike’s father operated a general store. The business failed and the family moved to north Texas where Ike was born in 1890. The family moved back to Kansas in about 1892 where Ike grew up and the rest is history.

Along the way we passed through Sherman, TX. I visited the MEMC plant in Sherman in April 2008 on my first audit assignment after retiring. It looks like they may have closed the plant as there was a for sale sign in front. Even though they made silicon wafers for computer chips and solar panels, business must have dropped off over the last couple of years.

I had called ahead to a Workhorse service center in McKinney, TX in the hope of getting Winnie in to see if I could cure her fever. The folks at Southwest International were kind enough to work on Winnie while Sue and I went to lunch and did a little site seeing. Our food luck is improving because lunch at Spring Creek BBQ was good. I had smoked turkey breast and all the fixin’s (picture posted) and Sue had a Southwestern Salad. I also had a peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Sue was good and didn’t even taste it. If I don’t hold off on some of the desserts, I may weigh 300 lbs by the time we get back in October.

The site seeing involved driving about 10 miles to Princeton to see the remnants of a WWII Prisoner of War camp. All that’s left is a rusty water tower. The POW’s worked on local farms until they were repatriated in 1946. The site was a migrant labor camp both before and after the war. Princeton is a pretty rundown town with a brand new water tower on the outer edge of the DFW metroplex.

When arrived back at the service center, the service manager told me they thought the problem was the condenser fan wasn’t getting power, but they didn’t have electrical wiring diagrams for the Workhorse under Winnie to trace the source of the problem. It appears that all fuses and relays that they could find are working fine. I thought I might have a pdf of the wiring diagram on my computer, but it turns out I have a parts catalogue, a Workhorse Chassis Guide, and various wiring diagrams for the coach part of Winnie. No luck with getting the AC fixed here. The technician spent over an hour trouble shooting, but the folks at SW International were nice enough to not charge me since they couldn’t fix it. The Winnie dealer in Joplin charged me $45 to not fix it. Even though SW couldn’t fix Winnie they were courteous and seem like they were competent. I’d recommend them if you are ever in this area and you need truck repairs.

By the time we left the service center it was about 4:00 PM so we decided to stay up the road in Melissa, TX for the night. Tomorrow we’re off to Arlington for the next 5 or 6 days to attend Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event.

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