Since my last update on the birth of grandchild #3, Oskar, we've made the rounds to see the grandkids before venturing on this southern trek. After 2 snow storms and some pretty cold weather last week, we are finally moving south just in time for the warm weather and rain in Delaware. I took full advantage of the warm weather yesterday to put the finishing touches on the new retractable steps for Winnie. During the cold I was able to get the steps bolted to Winnie, but when I hooked up the four-prong connector of the steps to the one on Winnie, nothing happened when I opened and closed the door. It took a fair amount of time on Saturday lying on my back and climbing in an out of Winnie before I finally found a broken ground wire tucked up next to the frame. I fixed the ground and the steps worked when the the door was opened or closed. The only problem was that when you opened the door the steps retracted and when you closed the door the steps extended. This was no going to work unless we wanted to drive to Florida with the door open to keep the brand new steps from being ripped off. After scratching my head, searching the net with Google and watching a bunch of YouTube videos, I wasn't any closer to fixing the problem. The only clue that I got was that the step manufacturer changed the logic of the step controller about 2000, the year Winnie was built. We must have had one of the older controllers that for some reason reversed the position of the magnetic switch on the door which was the only thing I didn't replace when I installed the steps. I installed the new switch and magically the the steps worked the way they were supposed to. I love it when I complete a successful project. It's really nice to have steps to climb in and out of Winnie rather than using as step stool. Its a wonder Sue or I didn't fall and break something.
I'm amazed as we were able to leave home at 1030, only a half-hour behind the planned departure time. Credit goes to Sue for actually packing her stuff a few day early and avoiding the last minute rush the night before and the morning of departure. Our departure wasn't devoid of drama however. We almost left without Ringo. Sue was about to lock up the house when she realized we hadn't loaded Ringo into Winnie. He's getting better at making the transition. We didn't have to chase him around the house to get him in the carrier and when we got out of it in Winnie, he recognized where he was and his favorite spots. The other bit of drama was I left my handgun at home. I didn't realize I hadn't packed it until we got to Dover and passed the shooting range, too late to turn around and get it.
Our route today took us down US 13 on the Delmarva Peninsula. Along the way, I saw one of those historical marker signs near Delmar. It was for the "Transpeninsular Line". Looked it up on Google and found out that it was name given to the boundary between Maryland and Delaware that was established about 1751. It started a disagreement between Lord Calvert of Baltimore, the governor of Maryland colony, and William Penn of Pennsylvania of which Delaware was a part. The dispute wasn't solved until 1763. Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, of Mason-Dixon Line fame, were engaged to survey the boundary. It runs from the Fenwick Island Lighthouse on the east to a point half-way between Delmar, MD/DE and Mardela Springs, Maryland. This point is the southern end of the Mason-Dixon Line. I always thought the Mason-Dixon Line was the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, but there is more to the story. Mason and dixon also survey a line that ran from the midpoint marker on the Transpeninsular Line to a point that is tangent with the 12-Mile circle that established the northern border of Delaware. It a confusing story, but there were land disputes among the states that lasted until 2007. This boundary dispute shaped the eventual borders of five states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia. Your history lesson for today.
We stopped for the night at Cherrystone Family Campground in Port Charles, VA. It's one of the few campgrounds in this area of Delmarva that is open all winter. It's right on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The rain held off until after we got hooked up and then the sky opened up. We'll be crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel tomorrow hopefully the rain stops and there's no wind. Stay tuned.