Day 31 of our tour
Today we were very successful in getting the burned exhaust system replaced and even got a couple of new batteries that we needed - all in the little town of Homer. The work took much of the day. We finally left Homer at 3PM and got here in Sterling about 5PM. The group had marked our place with flags and bunting (which got pretty wet in the constant rains we've been having), and we got a really warm welcome from everyone. Very nice, indeed. The campground hosts (who also have a small restaurant) had a crab feed that was outstanding - fresh King Crab. We all provided side dishes and some desserts. The owner's wife made several pies that were wonderful. I guess we missed more of the pies last night - everyone said that last night they ate the 4 pies she made yesterday afternoon! I made cornbread and chocolate/cherry pudding-cake as my contribution. The cornbread went over well, but I didn't check the label on the cherries I put in the pudding-cake - there were pits in them!! As soon as I found out, I removed the dish so no one would break a molar :)
We head out in the morning for a one night stay in Palmer,which is a mid-way stop on our way to Valdez. We have to go through Anchorage, so many of us will be hitting Costco or the like on the way through. The little towns don't have a whole lot in the way of supplies. There is beginning to be some serious flooding around parts of Alaska that we'll be traveling through, so we'll all be on the lookout for problems. So far, the road reports for where we're headed are OK.