Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
On the road again...until November 2018!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Home To Maggie

At this humongous event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, we work 4 days, first day is about 12 hours of setting up our store, the next 3 days are 5am to midnight days, except the final day we are done about 3am instead of midnight, as long as things go according to plan, this year they did. We have three teams there plus several of the bosses from Cedar Hill join us for this one, they are also the ones who relieve us throughout the days for little meal breaks that they provide for us. It’s grueling but we enjoy it.

This year we took an extra day to hang out in Indy afterwards, are bodies needed more rest and we were avoiding an even colder snap with snow. Our stay at Baymont in Plainfield was great, comfy bed, spacious room, great shower head. We were on the third floor which is the executive level, weird but pretty cool at the same time, until we realized meant people hang out there. One of the nights we got back to our room we had to ask folks to be quiet, it’s posted quiet at 10pm and it was past midnight so they immediately kept quiet. At least we think they did, it’s possible we just passed out and no longer heard them.

When we began our trek back to Cedar Hill we drove about 260 miles the first day to the Hollywood Casino & Hotel in Maryland Heights, Missouri for a little playtime and lots of rest and relaxation. We had a very comfortable king size bed in the Sunset Tower with a terrible view, a nice walk in shower with strong water pressure. A large TV screen, fridge, coffee maker, blow dryer, and an iron with a board. Customer service was outstanding with everyone going out of their way to assure we had everything we needed. Loved the uncarpeted floors, they seem to be cleaner without the rugs.

Our next day was just about 300 miles to Quapaw, Oklahoma, where on our path was frigid temps and snow everywhere, not one of our best travel days. Seeing all that white crap, knowing the temps are way below freezing and any water on the roads were frozen. We made it safely to our destination at the Downstream Casino & Resort for one night but we were emotionally drained. The room was spacious with a marvelous walk in shower and a comfortable king size bed. The view was rooftops filled with snow, not that great. It was clean and customer service was excellent.

Our next day drive was a little over 300 miles to Winstar Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma, where we stayed one night. We were here several years ago in our motorhome and they had a nice RV Park, so we thought we would see what the hotel was like. The casino is HUGE, too huge for our us, and the room was just okay, the only standout thing was the mints on the bedside table.

Our last night in a hotel was spent in a Best Western Plus in Forest Hill, Texas. We were close but needed that extra time so we could get our stuff situated, plus we have been non stop so we needed a rest and my brand new IPad died so we took it to Verizon and they told me it needed to be replaced and we needed to take it to an Apple Store, so we set the appointment for 10 the next morning.

Our day to pick up Maggie did not go according to any of our plans…

Our plan…drive 30 miles pick up Maggie and MayB…pick up tow dolly then drive to RV Park by noon and get all unpacked and situated…NOT.

How our day actually went…Our 10am appointment didn’t get us out until noon and without a solution. They agreed it needed to be replaced but could not verify the serial number because it would not power up…duh…so it would take a week or so to get it back to us but needed an address to send it, which we are in full travel mode and had no idea where we would be. To make matters worse, they then claimed they didn’t even have a replacement at that store. We chose to take it to another Apple Store somewhere down the road.

Drove 30 miles to drop off the truck and trailer and things went extremely well picking up Maggie and MayB, once reconnecting they both started up without any issues.  But then from there things got so much worse…Picking up our rented tow dolly was a fiasco, they had the incorrect address on our contract so we stood in line for almost an hour just to be told they did not have a tow dolly and sent us to yet another place that didn’t have one either, then we finally got a call from the place that had our contract wondering where we were, BUT when we got there, they were not an authorized dealer so they could not and would not instruct us at all. This was our first time with a tow dolly and we wanted instructions, so…we needed to go back to the original place we stopped at for wiring and instructions. 

By the time we got to the RV Park, the sun was setting, we were exhausted and drained so we opted to stay two nights. Usually that wouldn’t be an issue because we are in relax mode for about a month but unfortunately our fridge really is dead so last week we made the only available appointment left in Tucson for Friday so we are pressed which meant our Monday travel would be over 300 miles, but the rest day was worth it. It was nice to be able to drive together again with the rental tow dolly which made the over 300 miles to Odessa not so bad. Looking forward to getting to Tucson to get our fridge fixed and pick up our own tow dolly…life is good!

4220 S CR 1290
Odessa, TX 79765

We paid $31.50 for a water, sewer, 30amp electric, pull through site on level gravel with a picnic table.

They have some sort of water issue that they advise you not to use their water for anything else but showers, so when you check in, they give you a case of water.

The drive to the park from I-20 is frightful, there are potholes the size of the Grand Canyon, seriously, they are humungous. And, then when we arrived at the entrance, there was construction that the front desk explained just started that day that made it almost impossible for us to enter or exit. We made it but almost lost the tow.

Wonderful, fun, customer service, they had such a great sense of humor, even the owner was fantastic. We will definitely search this place out if we ever pass through this way again.

Monday, November 19, 2018

1961 Line Star Road
Mansfield, TX 76063

We paid $81.00 for two nights for a long pull through water, 30 amp electric, and sewer site on flat gravel.

They have a store with all sorts of supplies, if they don’t have it, you most likely do not need it.

We will, without a doubt, remember this place for future stays.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Vacation Week and My Birthday!

This adventure is coming to an end…we have a week off before we work the big Grand Nationals in Indianapolis and we plan to do all sorts of exploring before we start that grueling event!

Our first day on vacation we did have to run some errands but our drive was light, just a little over 200 miles. We know where we’re headed but we do not want to stress too much about getting to that area, so we are leisurely taking our time.

Our first stop was in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Quality Inn, they were remodeling so parking our trailer could have been an issue if we had not checked in early afternoon. Room is spacious with all the essentials, comfortable king size bed, desk with chair, chair but no ottoman, great step-in shower with great water pressure, and clean.

We stopped at Cracker Barrel next door for lunch and had some comfort food…

Jerry started my day with my coffee and a birthday cupcake, he is the sweetest man on earth...

Our next travel day was interesting that ended at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel. It began with some sort of bomb threat near the hotel in Murfreesboro. The entrance/exit onto the interstate we needed to go on was closed and traffic was horrific. We found a way out, a slower way but we continued moving. Apparently, they have had several bomb threats in this area, wish we knew this before we made the reservation. Then when we arrived at Horseshoe, they had roads closed to repair the damage on the roads and railroad tracks due to the flooding this past February. It’s always so hard when driving a trailer or motorhome, it can get scary when you have to turnaround, or worse yet, to have to back it up for blocks.

The hotel is under major construction due to the flooding, but we were not too inconvenienced. Spacious room with the most luxurious mattress, we both slept wonderfully, and they had a rain shower head.

Another interesting travel day with hard rain for about 100 miles into Indy, always makes it an adventure, especially when construction is in the mix too. We had just under 300 miles and a shopping stop, since we are back in Faygo and our choice wine area.

We stayed 2 nights at Blue Chip Casino & Spa for some rest, relaxation and massages. Life is grand!

This was the neatest invention we had ever seen, no more signs that fling off the door handles, this is a lighted accessory that you set from the inside of the room and a light on the outside indicates "Do Not Disturb" or "Need Service". Wish all hotels had this, since those signs are always flying off to the ground all the time and housekeeping is knocking, just to see if we need anything.

Then just under an hour drive to Benton Harbor, Michigan for 3 nights at Hilton Garden Inn. It was not where we originally planned to stay but the other place had terrible parking, especially since they had some sort of convention going on and we had no place to park the trailer as we had planned, so we canceled that one and got this one for a great price. Great check in, wonderful staff and the room was spacious and had all the essentials, fridge, microwave, desk, comfortable king size bed and a walk in shower with a pulsating shower head. The one thing they didn't have was NBC Sports for our weekend NASCAR fix, so we had to set up on our computer through our DirecTV and plug into the TV to watch it...technology, isn't it wonderful.

While there we did some sight seeing, we first drove to the Big Red Lighthouse in Holland, and it was not so big, and it was wet, windy and just frigid.

We got back into the truck and headed back to South Haven, where again there was a lighthouse and once again we were disappointed. It was small and to walk out to the end would just be even wetter, windier and colder so we just took pictures from the beach.

Then we went to St. Joseph, quant little town with three wineries that we stopped at and did some tastings and bought a few bottles for when we get back into Maggie and we can reminisce about our time here in Michigan.

Michigan is always a soft spot for me, it seems everywhere we go it just reminds me of many memories to sort through, but we always love spending time there, finding our own new memories for the areas we visit.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

North, South, North, South, North, South

Our first day took us to (Lavale) Cumberland, Maryland to the Comfort Inn. The room was clean, huge with 2 Queens, we would prefer a king but this was the deal. Customer service was amazing, check in was a breeze, and when the one dryer was not heating up, they allowed us to use the housekeeping dryer. In addition, we had a wine bar...

We stopped at Ruby Tuesday for lunch, the salad bar was so fresh and the appetizers were good, especially the meatballs and the pickled zucchini…

Our next day of driving took us through the hills of West Virginia, beautiful sunny day of travel. We stopped in Nitro, West Virginia at the Mardi Gras Casino Resort. Both the hotel and casino are totally nonsmoking which is perfect for us. The room is spacious with a comfortable king bed. Just don’t drink the Fiji water or open the fridge, these both have exuberant charges. Staff is very accommodating and the breakfast that is included is spectacular, freshly made eggs any style, omelets, and real bacon.

More hills through Kentucky and Tennessee with loads of colors in the trees for our next days drive...

Ending in Clinton, Tennessee. Our hotel was a Baymont, the style was totally different from our last Baymont. It was a small suite with a couch, microwave, fridge and a king size bed. Front desk was great but the housekeeping was less than good, dirty bathroom floor, pillows had yellowing cases on a few of them and bed looked slept in, then found a candy in bed and not a mint under the pillow, mold and dirty bathtub. 

While in this area we had to try Krystals, they are supposed to be just like White Castles and they are, the only difference is they put mustard on the sliders. A little different but they were good, soft warm steamed buns, onions, pickle and very little meat.

We have now reached our last event, except for the Grands next week, but we will have a week off in between to do some exploring and relaxing. This event started off rough but ended on a really nice note, we again surpassed our goal and our helpers were some really fun and hard working Senior Orchestra members.

While working this event, we stayed at LaQuinta in Douglasville, Georgia. The hotel was great, it was a huge room with a king bed, big desk with a comfortable chair, fridge, microwave and a great shower. We notice whenever we book with Hotels.com we usually end up in a handicap room, this was one of those times and we did not mind it at all. Wide spaces and the shower had bars everywhere so when we came in from our 20 hours shift we had something to keep us from falling in the shower.

We had been seeing Zaxby’s all over the area, so of course we had to give it a taste and we were NOT impressed. We had Cajun Club Sandwich, Southern TLC, French Fries, Fried White Cheddar Bites, Tater Chips. The chips had a nice seasoning to them and were fried perfectly but the rest of the sandwiches, fries, and cheddar thingys were blah. We will not be returning.

This part of our journey is almost over, but instead of dwelling on this good thing coming to an end, we are just going to take it day by day and enjoy our vacation week.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Heading North

We headed north from Orlando, arriving in Newark, Delaware on Friday for our next event.

Our first day was a perfect travel day, light traffic, gorgeous weather and great conversations. We had errands today, so we only had a little over 200 miles to Brunswick, Georgia at a Best Western. 

We had 2 Queen beds since that was the best deal, so we had our own beds and the TV was humongous The room was clean and they were accommodating with early check in and immediately sending maintenance to fix air conditioner, but the front desk was ready to move us if it wasn’t a quick fix. The switch was just jammed but he cleared it and we were good to go. Our next days drive was supposed to take us to Lumberton, North Carolina at a Country Inn with just under 300 miles. I-95 through South Carolina is so bumpy and wavy which made for a rough ride to begin with but then when we arrived it went sour fast. The area was not the best but then when we went to check in, she was not going to honor our rate through Hotels.com where we made our reservation, so we canceled and moved on. We drove another hour to Dunn, North Carolina at a Comfort Inn and we were happy. Again, we had 2 Queen beds since that was the best deal, so we had our own beds. This room was clean and well situated which made it seem more roomy than the last one. Now this is why we do what we do…

We stayed a night at Breakers Inn on Virginia Beach, a room with a balcony and a fantabulous view, and since it’s off season we got a real deal on this apartment style room.

We had a great meal at Ocean Eddie’s Seafood Restaurant, and everything was scrumptios...

From the delicious Seafood Chowder...

To the main course meals...


The best part were the drinks, whoa were they strong, but oh so delightful...

Again, our stay at Dover Downs Hotel was inconvenient. We love the room, great bed, spacious and clean with a fantabulous shower, but the procedures they have in place are not customer friendly. We come in with the trailer, so we have to park it back further and all we want to do is load our suitcases onto the cart and take it to our room. We do not like leaving our stuff unattended as the bellhops constantly leave it and will allow anyone to take whatever, I tested it this time and I was able to walk away with one of our bags that had iPads and other items in it without them saying a word to me. Also when we asked for a receipt, there reply was they don’t have one because we made the reservation online. They took my credit card and ran it for essentials and payment but won’t give us a receipt…strange!

Our weekend event in Newark, Delaware went well, we have done this same event for the past four years and is one of our favorites. This year we had one helper that became very threatening with his text messages and calls prior to even being totally hired that kept us on our toes since he threatened to show up and…otherwise we had a great time.

We stayed at the Baymont near the university again, the room is small, the bed was comfy and the shower is weird, feels like you’re in a spaceship but it has great pressure. The staff is attentive, efficient and friendly. We had some terribly argumentative neighbors that chose to scream at one another several times throughout our stay. By the time we figured out where they were, we were leaving. Couples that argue that much and that loudly should realize that they should not be together. We don’t do toxic anymore, haven’t since we broke away from our families and do not ever plan to go back to those ugly ways.