Friday, November 17, 2017

Two Weeks In

Branson Sign
Well, our 2nd week started off with a bang…or a brake anyway when an air brake dryer filter came loose and we got stuck in the campground drive…see our previous post “Brake Down” for more on how the week started.

rv and jeep in campsite
Great full hook up campsite!
After we got Miss Emmy back on the road, we headed down to Branson, MO. We hadn’t seen the Ozarks before and loved it. Gorgeous scenery, even in the autumn drizzle. We stayed at the Ozark Country Campground, which was a delight. Spacious sights, clean, quiet, and friendly. Even had some deer come romping through! The back roads to get there were pretty winding, but it was worth the trip for the quiet! Our original plan was to stay 2 nights, but more on that later.

We enjoyed a relaxing evening in the campsite, and the next day set off on an explore of Branson.

historic downtown branson
Heading into the historic downtown area of Branson
 Yup. We’ll be back.

We didn’t catch any shows this trip (the options for a Tuesday were pretty slim), but we enjoyed wandering about the historic downtown area, the river front and the old train depot. All in all, a pleasant day despite the chilly fall weather and rain.

The hills were covered in fog and mist, which was very cool looking. Everyone was super friendly in town too, even other visitors and tour groups.
water fountain
I don't know what we expected to find in Branson
 but we were surprised by this waterfront fountain.
It put on quite a show!

The next morning, we got all set up to pull out, and lo and behold, once again the brake system wouldn’t air up. So, another call to Good Sam road service, who sent out Affordable Towing from Springfield. Several hours later, they arrived and the young mechanic discovered the same filter had come loose…again. So, he pulled it, cleaned the threads and O ring gasket, and put it back in with some extra “oomph” and told us we needed to get it replaced at the next shop we came to (as opposed to paying him 4 hours in travel time + parts + labor) He did a great job, and we stayed a third night.
two men with a ladder working on a motorhome
RV Fog Dr crew started in on the work before we even got
 the Jeep unhitched! Great experience there

Our plan then, make it to Searcy where we had an appointment for glass work at RV Fog Dr. They could fix one window and have to special order new glass for the rest of them, so we’ll be back up this way again in couple months.

While the glass work got done, we caught up on laundry (yup, still have that to do!) and tracked down a local truck repair shop that was very happy to work on Miss Emmy. Camping that night was at RV Fog Dr. where they had hookups to use.

mechanic under an RV while a man watches
Chris listening to the mechanic explain about the filter
Which brings us to today. We were able to get in right away to the mechanic, Roadmaster Diesel Repair, in Searcy, AR. Glad we did…super nice folks and very helpful. Near as they could figure…it was the original filter and air brake dryer and had a difficult time finding the right part. Their regular supplier didn’t have one in stock down in Little Rock. But as God would have it, a local shop “just happened” to have one on hand. It’s all back together now and should be good to go!

motorhome in a campground
Our site at Whitney Lane Campground. See the noisy neighbors?
Neither do we :-)
We’re ending the week at Whitney Lane Campground. A small, private campground in Kensett, AR. A little tired, but nice, and plenty of room in our site. Historic too, although we didn’t see any monuments (of course, we weren’t looking either) apparently there was a Civil War Battle here, the Battle of Whitney Lane. The campground owners had a copy of a newspaper article about it hung up in the office area. 

man working on plumbing under a sink
Chris quickly found, and fixed our "surprise" leak
Once we got set up in our site, we discovered a leak under the galley sink! Fortunately it seems to be an easy fix as Chris was able to re-tighten a loose connection. Never a dull moment in the RV life!

In the morning, our southward trek continues! We haven’t decided yet if we’ll push to Texas, or take one more night in AR on the way. Either way, we know God is leading us step by step (or "wheel turn by wheel turn”) in this grand adventure. Hope you all had a great week!

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