Saturday, July 11, 2020

"Hitch Itch....."

8:10 am - Saturday - July 11th - Keystone, SD - 54° F, 69% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west.......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 80° F.  On this day in 2017 we were taking a soak at Chico Hot Springs, MT.......↴


Instead of working a few hours Friday night in the convenience store I was asked by our manager, Beth, to help Rich and Marnie Friday morning for a few hours while they received, and restocked 'groceries'....groceries consisting of anything from milk, to chips, snacks, refrigerated lunch items, etc.....there was even some motor oil and coolant for good measure.  I've done this before when we were at the Grand Canyon during the winter of 2017-2018, so it was not an unfamiliar task....it is, however, labor intensive, and by the time I was finished at 11 am I was ready for a nap.  

I hadn't had any breakfast when I went to work at 8 am, right after I finished my daily blog post, so TLE utilized the newly acquired Cowboy Disc Wok to make me a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato) sandwich......once again I say the BLAT is proof of love.

Since we are slated to depart Keystone Sunday morning I felt it prudent to begin to put away a few things on the 'lido deck'....the chairs, Sea-B-Que, Cowboy Disc Wok, and the table upon which the Sea-B-Que sits.  Later in the day I dumped our black tank.  On Saturday I'll organize the trailer for our 20+ mile drive north to the Campingworld in Rapid City where we will acquire, and install a new Splendide 2100-xc washer/dryer combo......I was going to attempt to repair our old 2000, but there are a lot of melted wires in there, and I do not know the cause is.  Attempting to repair it could be a vicious circle as I replace what is obvious, then the less obvious.....it could become a money pit.  Better to get a new one and once again have the ability to do our laundry at our convenience without frequenting laundromats and the ever increasing cost of same.....

The Splendide 2100xc

......its been about 6 months since our existing Splendide gave up the ghost, and at one point I thought we might decide to remove it and utilize the extra storage space, but ultimately we have both truly missed the convenience of having our own onboard laundry.  In the last 8+ months we have had to replace our Dometic toilet, satellite dish, our aged out water heater, the Norcold refer, and now our washer/dryer.....it's been an expensive period, but that is the way it is sometimes, whether you live in a sticks and bricks home, or in an RV....you just roll with the punches, and take care of business!

We'll reconnect with Claude and Gail in Rapid City and begin our westward trek along the I-90 corridor.  At this point we don't even have a vague Jello plan, but I am sure after we meet up with Claude and Gail once again one will be formulated in rather short order.

Our stay here in Keystone has been a nice interlude to the almost constant movement over the previous 8 weeks....sitting in one place for a couple of weeks has been oh so pleasant, but but we've got a good case of "hitch itch" again which needs to be scratched........time to begin changing our view on a regular basis once again.

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1 comment:

  1. I have continued to enjoy your blogs and all that you have been doing. Your stay at Keystone as sounded like a great interlude of relaxing, little work and excitment with the 4th of July and POTUS arriving and all the festivites that went with that. I know from you posts you have been doing a few things to the Newell but did not realize it had been so much.....as you said whether an RV or sticks and bricks things wear out and need to be replaced. Just seems it happens all at once sometimes. Take care.

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