Hello from Evergreen, CO

Hello from Evergreen, CO
Drafted Saturday morning, 
October 18, 2014   (second  post of this travelogue)
Posted Wednesday November 12, 2014
Note:  Sadly, a few
hours after I worked on this draft, we learned that our nephew (Michael Spring) had been killed in a tragic ATV accident. 
He was a wonderful 35 year old man full of life and it has been very
hard for us to even start to get back to our normal activities.  That said, I wanted to finish the
documentation the rest of our trip.  The
following is what I had prepared for posting with only a few added details.
Well, can you tell that I have writers block?  About my only excuse is that I was having fun
at the Eagle rally and in Iowa and did not find the time to post another blog
First I will try to catch up on Branson.  We went to two shows.  The first show was Mark Chesnutt.  That show was attended by most of the rally
attendees.  We also went to see Mickey
Gilley.  You may recall that we went to
the Gilley show the last time we were in Branson (two years ago).  At the time he was in the fairly early stages
of recovering from paralysis due to an accident in his home.  This time, his recovery was notably
better.  In spite of his physical
limitations, both shows were fabulous. 
One of the rally attendees did an excellent job of
documenting the highlights on her blog:  (link)
Wednesday (10/8/14) we headed to Iowa.  That is about 400 miles.  We have done it in one day, but we chose to
take a leisurely two day jaunt.  Good
thing, as we encountered more tow dolly problems.  We ended up staying at a Walmart in the north
Kansas City area so that I could work on the dolly.
Let’s catch up on the tow dolly problems.  Just before we got to Branson, my walk-around
inspection revealed that we had lost an axle hub cover and most of the liquid
bearing lube was lost.  We unloaded the
car and Pat drove it the final 30 miles. 
During the rally, I changed the hub covers to the Bearing Buddy
technology which is used on many boat trailers and is a grease based system
with zerks on the hubs.  I also had to change
the disc brakes and have the rotors turned. 
All seemed well until we got close to KC and got a low tire pressure
warning on the dolly.  Fortunately it was
a slow leak and we were able to add some air and limp to the Walmart.  I changed that tire with one of the two
spares I carry.  Then, just before we got
to our destination in Iowa, we got another warning.  The newly mounted spare now had a slow
leak.  I changed that tire and we made it
to Prescott, IA (our Iowa home away from home). 
It turns out that the two spares that had slow leaks were the tires that
had to be repaired on our last trip to Iowa (road grinding debris caused
punctures in both tires on that trip – story here).  This time
the tire shop determined that the small tire size coupled with the high
pressure (90 PSI) caused the tire repair system to fail.  We ended up buying two new tires.
We had two fun events during our stay in Iowa.  The first was attending a play at the newly
restored opera house in Corning, IA.  The
“play” was really a musical related to Route 66.  It was a great show with fun music.  The restoration was well done – it is great
to see small towns devote the efforts and dollars to retain parts of their
The other event was dinner at the Prescott fire station for
fire prevention week.
During our stay, the weather was very cool and rainy.  Indeed, some evenings were cold enough I had
to turn on the heater.
Bill and I worked on his daughter and son-in-laws
motorhome.  It would not start and we
finally diagnosed a failed fuel pump. 
Unfortunately the pump is in the tank and the tank is huge.  We were able to remove the tank (with a lot
of grunts and groans) and then drag it to the shop.  Bill got one of his tractors and lifted the
tank so that we could drain about 25 gallons of fuel (about 200 pounds) from
the tank.  We ordered the replacement
fuel pump, but it did not arrive until after we left.  However, Bill and his son were able to
install the empty tank  without too much
trouble.  Once filled with gas, the
motorhome started right up.
Our trip home was uneventful.  We left Iowa on Wednesday (10/15) and made
our usual stop in North Platte and then drove to evergreen the next day.
That is all for this trip.
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