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Old 12-27-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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2,486 miles later...

....we're back in Iowa. Our new (to us) and completely refurbished (inside, by me) '93 Dutchmen motorhome ran and performed flawlessly.

When we left Mustang Island, Texas, yesterday at noon, we were "escorted" off the island by dolphins dancing with our ferry boat. What a great way to end a gorgeous 7 days of sunshine, relaxation -- and business meetings. (More on that, later.)

Our drive down was 21 hours straight through, alternating drivers. Knowing that we would be heading into deteriorating weather on the way home, we decided to split the return journey into two parts. So, yesterday we drove until midnight, when I could no longer focus. I found a truck stop somewhere in Oklahoma, gassed up, and parked the RV for a nice six hour nap, the furnace keeping everything toasty inside while the outside air temperature dropped into the teens...

I was back in the saddle by 6 AM. The last 1000 miles were tough, with snow on the ground from North of Dallas all the way to Iowa. I-35 was drifting in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, making the driving less fun, for sure. But we made it, arriving in Iowa City at 4:10 this afternoon.

No dolphins greeted us here. Instead, we found a street too narrow to park on overnight (thanks to the snow plows), and an unshoveled driveway. Ugh.

Thankfully, our business meetings were successful, and we have an accepted purchase offer on a hotel on Mustang Island. With luck we will close in April, and this will be our last winter!

(BTW: We saw HUNDREDS of motor homes and travel trailers heading SOUTH on I-35 today, going the right direction to get out of this deep-freeze. I'm sure y'all thought we were crazy, heading NORTH! )
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Interesting post, good luck on closing the deal.

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Pix from the trip: RV to Texas

It was a great time!
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What a new and exciting change in your lives!! Let me know when you are ready to hire someone who used to work in the hotel business. (You are willing to pay in the 6 digit figures aren't you??! )
Again-Congrats and good luck with your new endeavor.
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Thanks for sharing your adventure. Just think it's only the first of many!!
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Thanks for sharing your adventure. Just think it's only the first of many!!
Yeah!

Today was another adventure -- getting the motor home back down to the machine shed we've rented to store it! What fun, on icy, snow-covered gravel farm roads...

We can't wait until we never, ever have to see snow and ice again!
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If you get a chance, I 'd clean the salt off the bottom before too long if you can.
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If you get a chance, I 'd clean the salt off the bottom before too long if you can.
I wish I could. We're in the deep freeze here now -- there is just no such thing as "liquid water" outside now.

When we arrived in Port A, after that long drive down, the first thing we did was hit a car wash. What a mess! It's even worse, now...
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(BTW: We saw HUNDREDS of motor homes and travel trailers heading SOUTH on I-35 today, going the right direction to get out of this deep-freeze. I'm sure y'all thought we were crazy, heading NORTH! )
Hey, we did almost the same thing 2 years ago heading north on I-35 before Thanksgiving after the Balloon Fiesta, Grand Canyon and a HR rally in Tucson.

I imagine it was a shock to see all that snow. We got over 2' of wet snow in the Christmas storm. Took a front end loader to clear the driveway (still have ice on the asphalt).
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I used to live in Corpus, It snowed and black ice a couple of times. lol
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