With mixed emotions, we pulled out of Branson Lakeside RV Park last Friday morning, September 16. Our first workamping experience had come to an end. I say with "mixed emotions" because it was difficult to say so long to our fellow workampers, as well as the managers. I am one of those people who becomes very attached to people, but we know in this mobile lifestyle there is a good chance we will see these folks again "down the road." We had a great farewell dinner on Tuesday evening at Mr. Gilberti's Place.
The Downtown Diner is unique in that the Diner's mission is to share God's love through good food and service. The men and women who serve at the Diner are members of the Church Army Branson Recovery Community. The Church Army Branson is a non-profit Christian ministry designed to offer a way out of unhealthy and unsafe lifestyles through Christian based recovery, housing and spiritual growth opportunities. The food is all prepared from scratch. For more info on the Church Army Branson, check it out here.
Shortly before we left Branson, Alan got a job! Another workamper signed on to change out signs atop Conoco and Phillips gas stations, as well as replace their credit card applications. However, he was unable to complete the task, so he transferred his 20 stations to Alan. We traveled the back roads surrounding Branson to get the job done.
It took us two days to update the 20 stations. Who would've known there are such jobs out there...we certainly didn't know. It was easy -- just quite a bit of driving, but our Honda gets great gas mileage. Now all we have to do is get that paycheck in hand!
Remember Jim Bakker -- well, while we were making our rounds at the gas stations, we found him -- at Morningside in Blue Eye, Missouri. He has a TV show again, which is filmed from this location.
We left Branson Friday morning and headed South to Little Rock for doctor appointments and to visit family and friends. As we traveled down Highway 65, we heard a loud pop and assumed we had run over something -- WRONG! We stopped in Conway and noticed one of our slides had popped out at one corner. Alan attempted to push it back in place but to no avail-- it was just barely sticking out at one corner, so we kept going. We made it to the Corp of Engineer park at Maumelle a few miles down the road. As Alan was leveling the MH, I noticed hydraulic fluid pouring out. We called our roadside service, hoping we could find a mobile RV service like we did when we arrived in Branson four months ago with the same problem. It was 4:00 on a Friday afternoon and apparently there are no mobile services in the area. We scheduled an appointment for Monday morning at the River City RV Dealership and spoke with the service manager. Alan further investigated and found the hydraulic hose -- not the one we replaced four months ago -- had come loose from its fitting. We have been without our slides all weekend -- thank goodness we can get to most everything without extending them.
Early Monday morning we drove to River City RV in Sherwood. We arrived before they opened at 8:00. It didn't take long for them to replace the hose, but it took longer to get all the paperwork completed and submitted to our extended warranty company. Thank goodness we have an extended warranty -- we've used it three times thusfar -- our part is $100 deductible...cannot beat that!
On Tuesday morning we were up early again as I had a 7:55 doc appointment. By the time we grabbed some lunch afterwards, we didn't get back to the MH 'til after two o'clock. It has been a long couple of days.