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Jul 15, 2019 - Day 60 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

After the big day yesterday, things are moving VERY slowly at site #25 this morning. Even the dog takes his time getting out of bed. It's 9am before there is any serious activity, mostly involving teeth brushing and hair combing. Hey, we're on vacation. My sister and I settle on a plan. Michaela, Wendy, the dog and I will go visit mom while my sister stays home to monitor the progress of their new HVAC system installation. Then we'll drop the dog back at the RV and Ann will join us for lunch at The Grumpy Goat. Her husband Fred will take...

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Jul 14, 2019 - Day 59 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

It's a big day. We're really excited that our granddaughter Michaela is driving up for a visit from O'Fallon IL for my sister's birthday party. It's a solid 4 hour drive, but she leaves at 4:30AM! We're expecting her around 9, but she gets lost. Google maps takes her to the wrong place (it did that to us too the first time we tried it), and then she tries to find it on her own and ends up about 5 miles away. It takes multiple phone calls to figure out where she's at and get her turned around and she finally arrives about 9:30. But it's...

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Jul 13, 2019 - Day 58 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

By the time LJ and I take our morning constitutional, it's already getting warm and sticky. Forecast is for low to mid-90s with plenty of humidity. The original plan was for my brother in law Fred and I to go to his son's house to paint, but about 9am we get the word that plan is off; something about they're not ready for us. Plan B is for me to hit a bucket of golf balls and then head to my sister's place for lunch. That plan comes off without a hitch. With no plan for the afternoon, Fred and I settle in to watch the Cubs and the golf...

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Jul 12, 2019 - Day 57 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

It's another sunny, mild morning. After so many weeks of constant rain, it's really drying out in the midwest - at least in northern Illinois. We haven't seen a drop of rain since leaving Virginia - although there seems to be plenty of rain everywhere else. The Fox River is still REALLY high, but the grass in some areas is actually starting to brown out. The first order of business (after walking LJ) is to dump our waste tanks. That evolution goes very smoothly; we button up the RV, drive it over to the only dump station inside the...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Day 56 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

A mild cold front blew through the region last night and the temperature drop is really noticeable on the morning walk. LJ and I are up early because I'm meeting my brother in law for a round of golf at one of my all time favorite courses - The Highlands in Elgin. I'm at the course early and, after some confusion about our tee time reservation, we tee off a little after 8. The course is in immaculate condition, it's sunny and not too warm with a light breeze, and the pace of play is very nice. Both of us play reasonably well, so the whole...

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Jul 10, 2019 - Day 55 - Paul Wolff Campground, Elgin, IL

I think it's already about 83 degrees by the time LJ and I take our morning walk. This park is really nice - they are clearly working hard to restore about a 10 square mile area to make it look like it did 200 years ago. Great big areas of tall prairie grass as far as the eye can see. My only complaint is that the only trash bins are about a half mile from our site. They could do better. We get underway just after 9am. The first 50 miles northbound on I-65 is very nice, new asphalt; LJ appreciates it. But then it's back to the old...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Day 61 - Elgin IL

Cool, clear, calm morning equals long walk with the dog. The drive to church takes a lot longer than I estimated; I think we caught every yellow light possible. After the service, Wendy and I visit my Mom. When we get there, she's sound asleep and can barely keep her eyes open when I wake her up. We're thinking it's going to be a short visit (and the last one for a while since we head out in the morning) when she suddenly rallies a bit and gives us a big smile. I get her a cup of water and that really perks her up. We end up spending a...

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Jul 28, 2018 - Day 60 - Elgin IL

Even colder this morning than yesterday. 62 degrees in the RV. I actually turn on the electric fireplace / heater. After a very active day yesterday, the dog is out cold, so I don't have to walk him in the cold and instead enjoy some coffee and quiet time. Same plumbing anomaly that occurred in Ontario happened again this morning. Since we don't have a dump station at the site, I check the tank levels regularly. They're all fine at 7am, but when I check them later in the morning, all the waste tanks show full and the fresh water tank...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Day 59 - Elgin, IL

Woke up to the coolest temperatures we've seen since we started this trip. Don't think the ac ran once all night. It was 65 degrees in the RV. Must have been low 50s outside. I put on jeans and a sweatshirt to walk the dog. It's warming up slightly by the time I get to the golf course so I leave the sweater in the truck and decide to walk rather than take a cart. Join two other guys about my age (i.e. old) and, other than hitting at least 6 balls into hazards, I enjoy the round. Apparently they did too. On 18 they tell me to call the pro...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Day 58 - Elgin, IL

It's another travel day, so I take LJ on a long walk around the lake. We've collaboratively figured out how to get him the most exercise while on the leash. He stops, I walk ahead of him as far as the leash allows, then he sprints ahead. He even slows down just before the leash hits the stop. Like he knows just how far he can go. We ease our way out of the park about 9. The east bound side of main road (US 6) has a large, deep trench that we ease our way over. The whole east bound side has been dug up for a mile or more in preparation for...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Day 46 - Elgin IL

Rained a lot during the night and was still pouring when I wake up. Luckily LJ is still wiped out from playing with my sister's dog yesterday so he's not interested in getting outside. Rain tapers off about 0730 so I get the dog out for a quick walk and then we close up the RV and head to the industrial park to change the oil. Wendy follows me in the truck in case I screw things up and immobilize the RV. This is the first time I've ever tried to change the oil in this RV. The first thing I notice when I get underneath the engine is that...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Day 45 - Elgin IL

Another laid back day in northern Illinois. Played 9 holes of really bad golf with my brother in law. Very disappointing after playing pretty well the day before. Back to the driving range I guess. Rest of the morning spent getting stuff to change the oil in the RV. Can't find any place around here that services RVs on short notice. Since you're not allowed to do maintenance on your vehicle in the park, the plan is to drive it over to a big industrial park about a half mile away tomorrow and change it there. Should be pretty deserted on a...

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