Thursday, May 10, 2012


Wednesday, as we waited for all the repairs on our RV to be completed, we took a long (4 mile) walk along the Rio Grande River, shopped around for a couple of things we want for our trip to Alaska, then returned to Aloha RV to wait. Our truck seats are a lot more comfortable than the chairs in their waiting room. And with a power converter, broadband card, Kindle, ipad and computer, we certainly didn't get bored.

We were finally ready to leave Aloha about 4 pm. They had replaced the cover on our shower skylight that had been damaged by hail; they had repaired the body damage from our tire blowout; and they had installed a new front landing jack. We know they had a lot of other RVs there to be worked on. This is the second time we have been there and they helped us right away, since we were just passing through. We were very grateful. By 4 pm, we were also very tired. We are up early and raring to go, but by the end of the day, we want to kick back and relax. So we drove 20 miles north and parked at the Hollywood Casino. They have 40+ electric-only sites that are long and level. We almost had the place to ourselves. And the cost is only $10 a night, except during September and October. Only one other RV came in all night. There were large trucks parked nearby, drivers sleeping after fueling up at the gas station.

But why do I say we are whole--almost? Everything was fine until we were set up, relaxing and watching TV. Then the bedroom air conditioner began stalling or shuddering or something. We turned it off and used only the A/C in the living room. Now what? This morning the heat pump on that unit worked fine.

Today we moved further north, crossing into Colorado about 1 pm.

We are spending the night at Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg, a place we have stayed many times and volunteered in three years running. We have a great site,

the view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains out the front window is wonderful,

and the wildflowers are in bloom.

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