We left Pennsylvania and drove thorough Ohio. We stopped for the weekend in Dayton to re-visit Dave’s high school friend – again they were great hosts! We left early Sunday morning for Bloomington, Illinois, where we had an 8am appointment Monday morning. When we got near Indianapolis we were greeted by pouring rain, thunder and lightening. We had been planning to get new tires for the RV when we got to Arizona in January, but were thinking it might be better to do it sooner – maybe in Bloomington – because the winter weather was getting worse. So wouldn’t you know it – we had a flat tire outside of Indianapolis! Just a few more hours and we would have made it to Bloomington! After an hour and a half wait for the tow truck, we finally got back on the road & arrived safely in Illinois, just later than expected. Three days in Bloomington, six new tires, and we were in business again.
In keeping with the Holiday spirit, we decorated the RV with lights, a wreath and window messages !
We still had a week to hang out in the Illinois area before we could go to our appointment in Missouri, so we decided to visit our friends in Janesville – on the Wisconsin/Illinois border. They took us with them to get their Christmas tree – what fun it was!
When we finally had finished with all of our appointments in Illinois and Missouri we quickly headed south. After several hours of driving for a few days, our first holiday stop was at the home of Dave’s son Geoff and his new bride McKinzie in Fort Worth, Texas. We had a lot of fun getting to know our new grandson, Adam, who Dave has nicknamed “Oscar”.
We spent the rest of the holidays in Austin, Texas at the home of Roberta’s son, Mike. Her older son, Kevin, joined us from his home in San Francisco for the first week and a half we were in Austin.
We were in Austin for New Year’s Eve, but couldn’t seem to decide what we wanted to do or where we wanted to go. And Mike was so tired from working that day he feel asleep at 11pm. So Dave & Roberta stayed home and rang in the New Year watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV! And that is how our 2011 ended. See you in 2012…..