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27 September, Tuesday

Up early and out at 0800 local, but actually it is 0700 in the time zone we are heading towards. Beautiful day, not much traffic and cool temperatures.
Since this is my special day, birthday, we are stopping at Tucumcari for breakfast at the Route 66 Cafe. Very good.

On to Gallup, called ahead for a site for the night. OOPS, campground is full with those heading to Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival. They cannot get into the grounds until Thursday so are spending time close by. Frantic search for another place to stay. Found a KOA in Grants. It will had time to the drive the next day but at least a place to hook up.

Went to a local New Mexican restaurant for some good food.

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26 September, Mondahy

Well today starts our journey home, back to Sun City. Up and on the road at 0750, was shooting for 0800 and made it. Weather was cool, 64 degrees, no wind and clear skies. The rains have all gone further East. Did not need fuel in Joplin so jumped on to I-44 and headed to Tulsa and Ok City.
I-44 is a Turnpike or toll road. It cost us $16.50 (5 axles) twice. Once to Tulsa and again to Oklahoma City. Then we took the by pass in Ok City and cost another $8.00. But they all are worth it. Smooth roads, no traffic and the shortest distance. Finally need fuel at El Reno just west of Ok City.

Had planned to stay at Shamrock, TX, but was not tired and it was too early. So we continued on to Amarillo and the Amarillo Ranch RV Park. This is on the East side of town. The owners of the RV Park also own the Steak resturant that serves the 72 ounce steak. You get it free if you eat it all along with the sides. They have limos to shuttle you to the resturant should you desire to go. They are stretch Lincolns with huge steer horns bolted to the hood.

Evening was cool and breezy, walked around the park some. Then started to watch the bid debate.

Tomorrow we head for Gallup via Albuquerque.

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22 - 25 September

Drive from Humboldt Iowa to Eagleville, Mo was interesting. Mostly back roads until we reached Winterset, IA. Home of John Wayne. Heavy rain, wipers could hardly keep up with the downpour. It started to let up and by the time we were on Interstate 35 the rain had stopped but the skies were still dark and gray. Stopped just across the border as all the camp grounds in the Kansas City area were filled. Seems they are building new power plants and all the workers stay there.

Next day the drive to Joplin, actually Carthage was good, clear skies and bright sun. Arrived at one of our favorite camp grounds, The Big Red Barn. Have stayed there many times.

Saturday and Sunday were spent with relatives and the triplets. They have grown in the past two years. Did have some rain on Sunday afternoon and evening.

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18,19,20,21 September

Hardest part of the trip. Spent time with my sister who just lost her husband. She has acquired alzeihmers. This is a terrible disease or abnomality.
She did recognize us but could not carry on a conversation. The family, unable to care for her, chose to place her in a care center. This she did not like, but there was no choice. We did that on Monday much to her dismay.

My nephew took Barbara and myself thru the large limestone quarry in Gilmore City. The lode of lime stone has been named the Gilmore Vein.
It lies some 20-35 feet below the surface of excellent farmland. It is pure and deemed to be the best lime stone in the United States.
They transport over 300,000 tons of various types of rock all over the central states.

We also visited the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. This grotto was started by a Priest that survived or was cured of a rare disease in the late 1800's. It is truly a masterpiece. Rocks from all over the world are assembled into a shrine.

We had to go shopping for some GOOD IOWA PORK. Stopped at two stores and filled our freezer with goodies. Wish we could get the same quality in Arizona.

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15, 16, 17 September

Instead of taking a day to reorganize after the Reunion, we left at 1030 the next morning. We are heading to Iowa and relatives. My two older brothers have both passed in the last year and we just lost a brother-in-law last week. Need to see the widows and my sister. We had planned on going thru Amarillo and Oklahoma. However the weather was threatening so we headed North instead, thru Colorado Springs. Spent the first night at Fountain and the second night at Kearney. Had planned to visit the ARCH, but we arrived too late to visit. On to Lincoln and my oldest sister in law.
All is going well with her, my brother was 92 when he passed.
Next day headed to home town of Gilmore CIty. Actually we stayed in Humboldt at an outstanding county park. That way we did not have to drive the coach on the limestone covered roads. That dust just doesnt come off.

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14 September, Wednesday

Today is the General Meeting of RNPA. This year we have election of Officers. I, once again, was elected President. This will start year #17.
It is not a hard job, but guess I do too good a job to be replaced. Since we are in our waning years I cherish the privilege of serving.

The evening was our banquet. Food was excellent, emcee was outstanding and the music of Mariachi was great.

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13 September, Tuesday

Major tour day for the Reunion. Left the hotel at 0900 and headed to the Rail Runner station 2 blocks away. Our train #510 will leave the station at 0935 for the 1 1/2 hour trip to Santa Fe. City scapes of Albuquerque to begin with then wide open country side. Thru the Indian Reservaion, where no photos are permitted. Then on into Santa Fe. Our group is split into two sections. The first section will board the Loreto Trolleys at the station. They will then take a long tour of Santa Fe, ending at the Loreto Chapel. The second group will ride the free shuttle to the city square, have free time, and then board the second tour of the trolley. Weather was perfect, about 73, light breeze and bright blue skies.

Santa Fe is the capitol of New Mexico as well as being the oldest state Capitol city, the highest Capitol and the one with the most are.
Nearly every building has art work for sale. The best is on Canyon Drive. Millions of dollars are spent here annually on art, all mediums and all venues.

All the attendees had 3 different trains they could take back to Albuquerque. All had a good time shopping and eating.

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13 September, Tuesday

Major tour day for the Reunion. Left the hotel at 0900 and headed to the Rail Runner station 2 blocks away. Our train #510 will leave the station at 0935 for the 1 1/2 hour trip to Santa Fe. City scapes of Albuquerque to begin with then wide open country side. Thru the Indian Reservaion, where no photos are permitted. Then on into Santa Fe. Our group is split into two sections. The first section will board the Loreto Trolleys at the station. They will then take a long tour of Santa Fe, ending at the Loreto Chapel. The second group will ride the free shuttle to the city square, have free time, and then board the second tour of the trolley. Weather was perfect, about 73, light breeze and bright blue skies.

Santa Fe is the capitol of New Mexico as well as being the oldest state Capitol city, the highest Capitol and the one with the most are.
Nearly every building has art work for sale. The best is on Canyon Drive. Millions of dollars are spent here annually on art, all mediums and all venues.

All the attendees had 3 different trains they could take back to Albuquerque. All had a good time shopping and eating.

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12 September, Tuesday

Check in went well, only a few more no shows. The attendees explored the city, riding the bus to Old Town and other venues.
The Presidents Reception started at 5:30 and everyone was there, Great drinks and the food was outstanding. Briefing was made for the schedule for our trip to Santa Fe.

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10 September, Sunday

All set in the hotel. Have the goodie bags stuffed and the Board of Directors all went to Tuscanos for dinner. This is a Brazilian restaurant, AWESOME.
My full meter reached the top in short order. We had 19 people that had never been to that type restaurant.

We are now ready for the 123 people attending the reunion.

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8 September, Friday

Brother in law passed, he is now at peace. This is causing us to revamp our schedule for after the convention. Unfortunately I am in charge so I have to be in ABQ. The visitation is set for Sunday, Sept 10 and the funeral for Sept 11.

We also left this morning to drive to ABQ in the coach. Weather perfect, clear skies, not too hot and no wind. We left our house at 0530 in the morning. Arrived at ABQ about 1:30 in the afternoon. Got all situated in the rv park and prepared to move to the hotel on Sat.

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8 September, Friday

Brother in law passed, he is now at peace. This is causing us to revamp our schedule for after the convention. Unfortunately I am in charge so I have to be in ABQ. The visitation is set for Sunday, Sept 10 and the funeral for Sept 11.

We also left this morning to drive to ABQ in the coach. Weather perfect, clear skies, not too hot and no wind. We left our house at 0530 in the morning. Arrived at ABQ about 1:30 in the afternoon. Got all situated in the rv park and prepared to move to the hotel on Sat.

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5 Septermber, Tuesday

Dry Force stopped by for their final check. They measured all the moisture in all the walls. Declared them dry, YEH. All their equipment was removed and the house once again quiet. They also gave a certificate that the house was dry and free of mold in case we want to sell it sometime.

We moved the coach to an RV Park about one mile away. I had taken advantage of the HOA long enough. Surprisingly they did not receive many complaints. The park is bare bones, but we only sleep there. The rest of the time is at the house organizing and getting ready for the rehab.
Out looking at carpet every day for the two bed rooms, the area rugs in the living room and den. We also are looking for wood for my closet.

Also getting ready for our trip to Albuquerque for the RNPA convention. All the items are piled in one spot ready to be loaded.

We had planned a much longer trip, but will cut it short so we can finish fixing the house.

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5 Septermber, Tuesday

Dry Force stopped by for their final check. They measured all the moisture in all the walls. Declared them dry, YEH. All their equipment was removed and the house once again quiet. They also gave a certificate that the house was dry and free of mold in case we want to sell it sometime.

We moved the coach to an RV Park about one mile away. I had taken advantage of the HOA long enough. Surprisingly they did not receive many complaints. The park is bare bones, but we only sleep there. The rest of the time is at the house organizing and getting ready for the rehab.
Out looking at carpet every day for the two bed rooms, the area rugs in the living room and den. We also are looking for wood for my closet.

Also getting ready for our trip to Albuquerque for the RNPA convention. All the items are piled in one spot ready to be loaded.

We had planned a much longer trip, but will cut it short so we can finish fixing the house.

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1 September

The walls of the house are drying out very nicely and quickly. Dry Force is here every day with their meter, adjusting the dehumidifiers and fans for maximum efficiency. Biggest problem is coordinating the outlets so we do not blow the circuit breaker.

Air conditioners are in and working great. No longer will lots of fans be needed to cool the person working in the laundry room. The wall units are quite and efficient. Should have done it long ago. If I ever have to replace the main air handler, it will be with split units.

Brother-in-law elected to place himself into hospice. He talked with doctors and determined to undergo further medication was just prolonging the inevitable. Family was called in and they reluctantly agreed.

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