Although we weren’t FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) members, we made plans several months ago to attend the summer rally in Herkimer NY, because Pat and Fred planned on attending. Over the course of several conversations with the NE area president, Dave signed us up serve as Safety Officers for the event and managed to convince Fred and Pat to do the same. It would work well, he thought. We would have little scheduled duties and access to a golf cart. Pretty sweet. In the intervening months, he reached out to Mary and Angie, friends we had met at Pocahontas who now lived near Syracuse. They decided to join the event as well, and signed up to do some volunteering as well.
Leaving Herkimer later on Sunday after most RV’s had left, we headed south to Bainbridge NY and the town’s General Clinton Park. This was our 2nd stay at the park. Pulling along side our neighbors, we struck up a conversation and learned they were musicians and would be playing that night at an ice cream social fundraiser. It was at the Maywood Depot in the tiny town of Sidney Center, and was originally the site of a wooden trestle bridge for the NY O & W RR. The foundations can be still be seen in the valley below the historic depot.
The next morning we headed out for Pennsylvania. We would be staying once again at the Silver Valley Campground. Since we had been there before we weren’t too worried about our route. However, that changed when we turned down the road toward the campground and saw a “5-ton limit” sign. Apparently a bridge had been restricted since last year. Since we weigh closer to 9 tons, this wasn’t going to work. Calling the campground, we worked out another route, but it meant we had to turn around on this road. We were lucky that there were 2 open paved driveways that were available for us to back into and turn around. We made our way around to the campground using the other route successfully.
The main reason for our stay at Silver Valley was to visit with Dave’s Mom, sister Diane and Pam. We spent several days with them over the next week, catching up and working through a number of tasks to help them out. We trimmed trees, powerwashed a fence, repaired a hose, and helped move and set up a queen bed for one of Diane’s friends, and lots more. And, as always, there was a lot of computer work.
It was great to see them and enjoy time together.
No. This isn’t about our daily checkup on the bathroom scales. We have been concerned about the weight of the RV as we continue to search for a new truck, trying to ensure we can match our weight with a new truck’s payload. We have made considerable efforts over the past year to cull out extraneous stuff and reduce our overall weight. Since the rally took place next door to a truck stop with a CAT Scale, we decided to see how well we’ve done. The good news was that we have lost weight. The bad news is that with all of our efforts, the combined weight was just 20 lbs less than the last time we ran across the scales 2 years ago. Maybe we need to work more on that number on the bathroom scales instead.