This moment in time…

A journal of our travels and how we arrived at this moment in time!

Hope and light…


Shipshewana, IN

This morning was a typical morning here at the hotel. I woke up slowly while Craig was downstairs having his coffee. It wasn’t long, however, before he returned to the room with my coffee. (He brings me coffee religiously every morning!) He proceeded to tell me that he had spoken with our friend, Greg, and that they were about 130 miles from El Paso, on their way to Quartzsite. What? Geez! What about us? Oh, boy! It hit me like a ton of lead balloons… Quartzsite is where we are supposed to be, too! That is, if we weren’t being held hostage here! The more I thought about it, the more tears flowed from my eyes.

Craig, Mr. Easy-Going Nice Guy, has just about had his fill, as well. We put our heads together and decided that we should just throw in the towel and call the owner’s assistant. We have been in touch with her many times over the course of time, and she is sympathetic to our situation. She has always helped us in the past, and she did not disappoint today. We explained our current situation to her and, after apologizing for others, she said she would go to work immediately to provide any assistance she could. And she did! Before long, we received a call from the General Manager who informed us that the rig is finished except for one hold-up. Really? Hmmm. How did we not know that? We thought the half-bath door and toilets were all we were still waiting on. Nope. The toilets have long been received and installed, we find out, and the half-bath door arrived just today. He even went out and touched it. So, what’s the hold up now? The emergency window that must be replaced in the bedroom, that’s what! Are you ready for this? He went on to explain that the transport company crushed the glass and it will take another TEN DAYS to get a replacement. Oh, Billy Bob, say it ain’t soooooo!!!

So, there’s hope! I was dead serious when I told him I wanted him to call the distributor and have 2-3 windows sent… just in case. He said he would, but who knows? I explained to him that if he had an extra one or two on hand when we were finally gone, so be it. At least they would have an extra window or two on hand for the next customer who needed a window replacement, and they wouldn’t have to wait. We will have already waited for them!

And then there’s light. We now have a game plan. The half-bath door will be installed tomorrow. Once that is done, someone will should call to let us know. As soon as the snow (yes, I said snow!) allows, we will go over and do our own walk-through. When we are satisfied, it will go to a third party for the PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) to ensure everything is operating as it should. That will take about three (3) days. Once that is done and comes back to the plant, and while we are still waiting on the replacement window, we can start moving in! The advantage is that we don’t have to throw everything in just to get home. We can take our time (in-between snowfalls) placing shelf liner and putting things in their proper place instead of making a mess of things just to get out of here! Then, once the window is finally replaced and we are comfortable with everything, we can finish up the paperwork and head for Texas.

What a journey….

18 thoughts on “Hope and light…

  1. Well, I wish we were that close to quartzite!!! After the journey today, we hopefully will settle about 130 miles from the destination!!! Glad there is light at the end of the tunnel for you guys!!!!

  2. Hi Happy Travellers! I hope and pray all is fixed so you can get your show on the road! You’ve been so patient! It’s time for you two to see more of this world! Good luck and happy 2016! Love you! Marilyn

    • Good to hear from you, Marilyn, and so happy you follow us. We are running very low on patience, but should be on our way home in a couple of weeks. Of course, I said the same thing about a month ago… at least. Happy New Year to you, too! Hugs!!

  3. Very close 😄

  4. Stay the course, Jo. Big question: where is the window manufacturer? If it is within driving distance, can you go get it yourself? My guess is that it is made very close to where you currently are. Keep on ’em!

    • The supplier (and manufacturer) may be in the area, but the manufacturer is out of stock. That’s the problem. I suppose we will have plenty to do between now and then, anyway (like moving in), so all is not lost. Appreciate the idea, though.

  5. Hurry up and get down here, I sun and warmer weather is waiting for you!

  6. Looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hope everything goes well for you and Craig and soon. Lord knows you both need a break from all this RV mess. Can’t wait for you to come home to us even though I know you are more than ready to be with your friends. Just be careful when you start home. Not good weather to travel with an RV in tow. Much love,Mom

    • Mom, the light grows bright, and then it gets dim. Eventually, the bulb is going to burn out. We are struggling (a little) emotionally, but God is good. If it weren’t for Him, I could not tell you where we would be! Love you, Momma!!!

  7. Good news! We sure miss you both! Looks like things are coming together and you’ll be southbound soon!

  8. Bill and I are hoping the rest of this process goes quickly! Mom is right – drive safe and carefully – but we have a date – and we are both looking forward to seeing you and Craig!

    • I need a hug, Kelly Girl! No need to worry about our getting out of here. We will be EXTREMELY cautious, and weather/road conditions must meet ALL of our strict requirements! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you both, as well. Gives us something to focus on and look forward to!

  9. I pray that you’ve had some good news today. Don’t overwork each day either!

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