We left Dodge City about 9:00 am on Monday, June 4th with about 275ish miles to travel. We passed our friend, Gus and his wife Debra on the road as they had stayed in Dodge City the night before as
well and were also headed to Pueblo for the rally.
Not long after we passed them, I got a text from Gus telling us that we had a big air bubble on our roof. Yikes! We were planning on stopping in about 30 minutes anyway so we decided to just keep going until we stopped.
We were meeting gate guarding friends, Jw and Wanda in Lamarr at the Port to Plains truck stop for lunch. They’re in the area for the summer to visit family while they take the summer off from gate guarding.
We had a really nice visit, enjoyed the lunch buffet (thank you, Jw!) but had to cut our visit shorter than we’d have liked since we had to get back on the road and also had to check out the situation with the roof.
The roof wasn’t in good shape. The rubber membrane had come loose and pulled away from the roof. Michael used Gorilla tape AND ‘hundred mile an hour’ tape to secure as best as he could to hopefully get us to Pueblo where he could deal with it better.
Unfortunately, it didn’t hold as the roof was all dusty and chalking making it impossible for the tape to stay stuck. Nothing more to do than to ‘limp’ to Pueblo and pray for the best.
Once settled he ordered some supplies from Amazon to do a better repair job.
The wind that morning wasn’t really bad…but when a semi passed by going in the opposite direction the gust of wind it threw at us was crazy! It was so bad that you could see the hood of the truck lift up (we had two other people who traveled that route tell us the same thing)…so I’m sure that was a factor in the roof issue.
Monday was just a crazy day all the way around as on top of the roof, Michael’s phone rang constantly and emails flooded our inboxes. I tried to take care as many of the emails as we drove as I could but there were still plenty to deal with when we arrived at the Colorado State Fairgrounds about 4:00 pm.
Tuesday morning we set up our vendor table in the rally hall and manned it from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We had quite a few people stop by and we sold several heavy duty wet bolt kits and had several interested in future installs of disc brake systems.
We had a Meet & Greet at 4:00 pm which most everyone attended. The sound system wasn’t very good so it was very hard to hear which was really disappointing. They played a game similar to ‘Name that Tune’ which could have been a lot fun…but without being hear the players responses it was not fun.
The Meet & Greet finished up about 6:00 pm and we made plans to go to dinner with Kevin & Nelly and were joined by 5 others. We met at La Forchetta Da Massi and sat out on the patio. Despite the 90+ degree temps we still had a nice time…although we did have to fend off particles from the trees that were blowing in the wind. LOL
Dinner was very tasty and afterward we all took a walk around the riverwalk. We only ended up walking about a mile of the two-mile walk as the heat was a bit much and Nancy was having issues with her foot (which turned out to be a stress fracture).
We found out just before leaving to go to dinner that our power was out and had been out most of the day. Since we were at the rally hall at our table…we had no idea. I went in the house briefly and put things inside, turned off one of the air conditioners (so as not to be pulling anymore power than needed) and then closed the house back up to keep it as cool as possible.
There had been a crew working on the power most of the day and they were still working on it when we left to go to dinner. We left with our fingers crossed that things would be worked out by the time we got back.
We got back home about 9:00 pm and had power and it looked like it had been back on for about 3 hours by that time. They ended up moving one of the coaches (there were only 5 of us without power) to another area to spread the wealth a little bit more.
Thursday at the vendor booth was super slow. We had a few people stop by in the morning and few more in the afternoon after Michael’s tire seminar. But…it as slow for everyone…all the vendors were talking about how slow it was and many closed up early for the day.
He had to make a slit in the rubber membrane in order to get it to lie flat again after the wind stretched it out. Our friend, Gus, stopped by about 6:30 to give a hand and also took a picture so that I could see the process. Michael finished up this step about 7:00 am.
After dinner there was a hypnotist who took 9 volunteers on stage and hypnotized them. Oh what fun! Out of the 9 only 6 stayed on stage because they others weren’t able to go under. It was fun watching them dance, steal teddy bears, sing to YMCA, talk to their favorite celebrities and fly an airplane.
Saturday morning Michael was up an on the roof shortly after 5:00 am to finish up the roof project. Today was all about laying down the tape over the seams and then caulking. He was done with the project and had everything cleaned up and was in the shower by 8:15 am. Now…to keep our fingers crossed and say some prayers that everything holds while we continue our trek westward.
Late in the afternoon we headed over to the rally hall for prize drawings, raffles, 50/50 raffles and an auction. We won a bottle of German wine in one of the prize drawings and Michael won an auction for a Cheap Heat system…valued at $800 he got it for $415. It will stay boxed up until we purchase a new coach.
We had hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner and even had a vanilla milkshake which was fun. We visited with friends before, during and after the prize drawings and dinner but exchanged hugs and goodbyes not long after dinner as Michael had a lot of stuff outside to pack up and put back in the basement before we pull in the morning.