|A very Happy 4th to everyone. Hope you did it all in moderation......
I'm very sorry for the long delay in getting this entry done but it has been a hectic two weeks again. We started as I mentioned in the previous entry with a lot of work done to the coach, $10 300 worth. It was well worth it if you look at the tire photo I have up and Gary just loves the way the coach is handling during driving. Well we left Brazels on Friday last week and traveled to Eugene Oregon and spent the weekend there and then on Monday we went to AM Solar for our appointment there. The appointment was made way back in Wyoming and was scheduled to last for Monday and Tuesday.
We arrived at 9.00am on Monday as planned and were taken straight into the workshop and the work began. Tuesday night most of the important work was completed and there were just little things left to do.
We spent another night in the backyard of AM Solar with a lovely bathroom and shower so it was all good. They finished the work on Wednesday around 2pm and then it was testing and teaching us to use the system and we got on our way.
We have been using the system for 2 days now and we both love the fact that there is no generator running, stinking up the coach and there is absolute quiet when I go to bed. Marvelous.
So all in all I think the $20K we spent was really well worth it. We are both happy with the repairs and are still getting used to the solar system but we'll get there. So with that said Thanks Greg and Deb for the solar and to all the guys at Brazels thanks too.
We decided to go up the Oregon coast on our way to Montana and finally to get to South Dakota to make that our home base since it will save us about $1253 per year on our insurance on the motor home and the Jeep. We have decided that that is too big a saving to pass up so we are going to change all our stuff from Texas to South Dakota. Time will tell whether it is a good choice or not.
Today on our way to Washington we stopped at a truck pull out along the road for a break and discovered the most wonderful little stream. Take a look at the photos which I have included for you. We are in Longview in Washington state at a Wal-mart for the night. Crossing the Columbia river was torture for me and for those of you that know me if you look at the photo you will totally understand why.
Poor Gary is dead tired tonight what with the fog up in the mountains and then slight drizzle to contend with and then Oregon's windy roads it has been quite a trip. But the scenery is totally worth it. The coast route (101) is absolutely wonderful and there are many scenic pull off places most with boards explaining the history of the place. One in particular stands out "Terrible Tille". It is a small lighthouse quite far out in the ocean. Really charming but with an awful history and to think all that work and the lighthouse is no longer in use as a lighthouse but is now used to store peoples ashes as in a crematorium.
Well enough for today its time to kick back and rest.