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Old 07-22-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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Sylvia and I made it home safe and sound from the rally about 3PM today after a leisurely drive of about 120 miles. We stopped for 3 hours on I-81 near the TN mile marker 13 to help a fellow iRV2 member who had broken down with engine problems.

I hope and pray that each and everyone has a safe journey, many will be on the road for several days. Let us know as you get home and how your trip was.

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Old 07-22-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
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Originally posted by Hitchhiker:
We stopped for 3 hours on I-81 near the TN mile marker 13 to help a fellow iRV2 member who had broken down with engine problems.
A HUGE hearfelt thank you, from the "fellow member with engine problems" and his family, to one of the nicest couples we've ever met AND a fellow iRV2'er to boot.
Lori and Adrienne have decided to hang here outside of Knoxville with me until Monday morning when the wrecker picks the rig and I up and takes us to Knoxville Cummins.

For those that missed the excitement, I had the main radiator cooling fan spin off the shaft on I-81 this morning and we were towed to a campground til Monday....Rig will make it to Cummins on Monday, they're thinking parts overnighted and rig fixed on Tuesday as the worst case scenario.... Newmar has been wonderful,will pick up hotel and rental car costs for me...

Talked to Warpath.....he, Islapp and Joe-K made it to the Gorge.

God bless everyone and stay safe out there.... remember that even the worst day RV'ing beats that 9-5 stuff!!

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Old 07-22-2006, 05:17 PM   #3
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I would like to report that all is well and we made it home about 6:00pm. Traffic on the 501 from I-95 going into the beach was backed up something fierce. We enjoyed the trip "downhill" from the mountains and it went a lot better southbound that northbound.

The traffic started breaking up just after Aynor and the road opened up to its usual packed condition but moving.

It was great meeting all those people that I hadn't met before and I want to personally thank all the committee members that worked this event. I also want to thank Richard and Don for doing a swell job with this year's rally.

Madame Boomer from Texas was indispensable in putting together those great potluck events. Totally awesome and I also want to thank all the members that took the time to prepare and brought all that great food to the potlucks.

One thing I will remember fondly is nice plaque for being a past Wagonmaster that I recieved. It was big surprise and I certainly do appreciate the thought that went into recognizing all the past Wagonmasters. Now my task is to catch up to Don. He's got 2 plaques.

I'm hoping that perhaps we can revisit the "beach" in 2008. We'll see how all of that works out.
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:17 PM   #4
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Camilla and I made it home at 6:30 PM today. It took us 9 1/2 hours. Sorry to hear about rebelsbeachs problem. I hope they can get you going quickly.
Thanks to everyone that had a hand in planing this years rally. We had a very good time and look foward to next year already.
Best wishes to everyone who are still on the road. I hope you all have a safe trip.

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Old 07-22-2006, 06:06 PM   #5
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Geez Bob I hope your luck with the coach turns around soon. Glad to hear that Newmar is taking good care of you.

Hope all goes well for all of you from here on out.
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:12 PM   #6
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We are home got here about 1:15 CST.

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Old 07-23-2006, 01:52 PM   #7
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Got home a couple of hours ago after a stop in W. Va. at River Gorge last night as Rebelsbeach mentioned.
Back to reality now I guess!!
I had a great time and I hope you all did too.
See you next year.
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First, let me say thank to all of you who made this a great rally. We stopped at a Yogi campground in Maryland last night and made it home today around 3 pm. You guys are the best.We had a good time,well worth the drive.I wish I could have met more,but we were very busy with all that the area had to offer.My son will never forget the monster truck ride at the entrance to the park.This group of ours always comes though. Food highlight for me were the asian salad,Don's jambalaya,biscuits and gravy.I could live off of that stuff.Living up North doesnt help my southern appetite.

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Old 07-23-2006, 02:29 PM   #9
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Howdy Yall from my "Radio Room" at home.

We drove thru rain of and on yesterday. After gettin fuel in Bessimer, AL I decided call it a day. The next exit South from "The hook" had a campground.

Ate supper at a café about 1/4 mile from the campground that had SUPER Seafood. (Yes I was surprised to fine GREAT seafood in Bessimer, AL)

After getting back to the rig the "Sleep Monster" really jumped on me. I was in bed asleep before 2000 hrs. (8pm) I did not realize how TIRED I really was.

Hit the road again this morning around 0900 hrs. Had a good "Sit down meal" at Mike Anderson's in Hattisburg, MS. (Another FINE meal) (9am)

Pulled into the big metropolis of Greenwell Springs, LA around 1600 hrs (4pm) safe and sound.

Now back to the grind...
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By the time we realized it was Rebelsbeach on the side of the road we were well past him.. but also noticed Hitchhiker was there so knew help had arrived.. Sorry to hear of the new motor home fan issues, hope Knoxville Cummins takes care of it..

Stopped in Wythville for the evening and then saw family in Roanoke Sunday... home to Fairfax about 1700..

Thanks to all for a great week...
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Old 07-23-2006, 04:41 PM   #11
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Hi Everybody -

I think we're the first Texans to get back to home soil! We pulled in the driveway this afternoon after driving 1000+ miles in two days!

We were detained for a l-o-n-g while between Knoxville and Nashville due to a VERY BAD ACCIDENT that actually brought traffic to a standstill (both lanes westbound) for more than 6 hours! We happened upon it shortly after it happened and only one lane was open. However the Allens were stuck in a rest area for hours while they blocked both westbound lanes to get the vehicles out of the ravine.

The Coffmans are home too and the Allens will be home on Monday - the rest are headed to other parts of the country!

<span class="ev_code_RED">Thanks for a week of wonderful memories of a Great National Rally! It was so good to see old friends and make new ones this trip that we look forward to seeing in Branson! </span>

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PS: Rebelsbeach - sorry to hear of your troubles, but thankful all can be fixed and ya'll are safe!
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We made it home about 6:00 pm this evening. We stopped early on Saturday as many of the campgrounds we called further north in Virgina were full. We ended up stopping in Natural Bridge.

As good as it feels to get home, we were sorry to leave. It was one of the hottest weeks we were ever out camping in, but it was still great to be with such a great group of people. The venues were so much fun. The rally committee did a fantastic job. I know how much work it is.

Glad things are coming together for you Bob. Yes Newmar does take care of their customers which is what makes it such a pleasure to own one.
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Sorry to have left so early Sat morn with out saying good-by to our new friends. My wife's mother was celebrating her 90th birthday back in WI on Sunday at 11 AM. We drove 16 hours straight for home. Made it safe and sound at 9 PM Sat, 880 miles traveled. We were not bothered by any UFO activity. We crashed in our bed and got up in time to surprise her mother who did not expect us.

Bob, we are sorry to hear of your problems and hope you get on your way shortly.

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Well we are not home but on the way to MN for a few weeks to visit friends and relatives. We camped in Woods & Waters RV in Columbus, IN yesterday and when we pulled out this AM we found the I-65 was blocked east and west at the overpass we were leaving on. It seems that someone was taking pot shots at cars on the freeway. They had I-65 closed from midnight till ??? Lucky for us we were able to get on the I-65 and head west. We are now sitting at Interstate RV park off I-80 in Iowa. Should be in MN Monday afternoon safe and sound.

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