Day 118, Decatur IN

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We went to Ohio today – twice ! It has been a strange day …

5am – up to get rig sliders in and everyone ready to be out of rig all day . Brutal time because we just switched into Eastern time . Started the day worried about getting rig fixed and so tired .

6am- Dan walks over to repair shop , and comes back with Ron . Kids , dogs , cooler and computers loaded into car . Pitch black and cold . Ron and Dan drive away .

630am- kids and I head to a cafe recommended by locals . We walk in , conversation stops and 7 tables stare at us . After sitting down, the waitress tells us we have to move , we’re in a bar, and we have to go to the back of the building to eat . At least she turned the lights on for us . The meal wasn’t worth the price , but the conversation about how it might have felt to be sent to the back of the bus was worth it . Then we tortured Nate about state capitols until we were all laughing .

730am- to McDonalds because it was the only other place open . Used the wifi to order stuff we need on Amazon and sent it to Grandma Helen’s. We cannot wait to get there .

845am- to the Allied Recreational Vehicle plant outside town to take the factory tour. I was going to try to be polite about all the mistakes on our rig . Turns out that you have to be over 16 to take the tour .

In between each stop , we take the dogs out and have to fight with Jessica about who belongs in the drivers seat .

The library doesn’t open until 9, so on a whim we decide to go to Ohio . It’s one of the 5 states I haven’t been to yet and is only 6 miles away . With the music blaring , we find the border and get out for the obligatory pictures with the sign . Nate runs down the highway to get a shot of the Indiana sign .

9am- we spend the next 33 minutes trying to get the wifi working at the library so we can do school . They say they are having problems with it , to be patient . We were .

1230pm- off to Wendy’s for lunch . Afraid to try another local spot , we opt for one we know has good salads .

130pm – took our time because no one wants to do more school . Nate’s eating an apple , so we use that as an excuse to drive around and explore some more . I vote for visiting Ohio twice in one day , so we head east . At an intersection , we hang a right because the sign for Wren was so cute . Turns out the little township was cute , too . Found a park and got out to play . Great new play structure with a fast slide and a low teeter-totter . The old merry-go-round and swings were still better . Finally sunny and 60, we enjoy the warmth . I cherish time with the kids like this – they are such a gift !

230pm- headed back to Decatur because Dan and the rig might be done … We hope . We had 2 pages of items to fix , and they have 2 days to do it, so we were anxious to see how much got done . Only took one small wrong turn and corrected later ; I am Ray’s daughter after all !

330pm – Dan and Ron pull into our camp site in the lot , and we pull in behind them . For an hour we’ve been wasting time and are really quite hysterical . Kids making mustaches with licorice , and anything we say is beyond hilarious . We are loopy .

5pm – all of us testing our new beds . New beds !!! Plus more ! They got the new skylight in and fixed about half of the rest of the problems . Hopefully tomorrow they can finish the rest because we need to get to Chicago and Dubuque before Grandma Helens next Saturday.

9pm – bed. Have to get up and do it all over tomorrow !

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About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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