Disney calls them “magicbands”, and with their arrival in mid-July, our planned trip with our son’s family to Disney was starting to become real. When our responsibilities at Pocahontas came to an end on Friday August 11th, we had one day to pack up the RV before she would go into storage for the next 2 weeks. On Sunday, we parked RV Orion in a friend’s driveway (while they were still working as Pocahontas August camp hosts) and then packed up all necessary Disney T-shirts to head to the train for Kissimmee on Monday. For several on board, it was their first train trip, and an exciting start to the vacation.
We arrived Sunday afternoon in Rocky Mount, tired but feeling good about our time together and the experiences we shared.
Despite the whirlwind week of fun, the time to kick back and relax was not yet here. We were up early on Monday to pick up a rental car and then pack up our grandson Jayden for the trip north to meet up with his mom in upstate NY. We headed for Pennsylania the first night and a quick stop with Dave’s mom and sister. This was the day of the solar eclipse, and we managed to pull out our glasses when we stopped for a late lunch in Harrisburg, PA at Arby’s. We shared our glasses with all of the employees who were coming out to take a look up in the sky. It was cool, but the sad thing was 24 hours earlier, we had been right in the total eclipse zone. Man!
On Sunday morning, we were still struggling with where to go on Monday. Our rough plan was to spend September traveling, but we were having trouble getting more specific than that. By Sunday evening though, we had a plan. And by Monday afternoon, we were in place in Lumberton NC on the final 2 weeks of the Nomads Disaster Recovery project there. After setting up in the campground (an abandoned mobile home park), we met the project team, and readied ourselves for work the next morning.
A flat tire when we arrived at Steve’s. Another just before we left at the end of June. Still another as we were preparing to leave Pocahontas. Same tire location, but different tires. And each tire that is swapped out holds air without any loss of pressure after it is removed. The only thing that this location seemed to have in common was the axle and the Tire Pressure Sensor that fed our monitoring system. Before we left Pocahontas, Dave opened up the sensor and discovered a metal shred that was lodged inside. After removing it, the tire has held its pressure even with the sensor in place. Hopefully, this will mark the end of the flat tires for a long while.
And with all the traveling we're doing, we'll need them to stay inflated.