Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Delving into the 59th Escapade - Monday, March 18, 2019

Today was our first full day of the 59th Escapade. It was a day for us to acclimatize ourselves to the rhythm of the event. 

Bob wanted to go to a seminar on "Investing Strategies for RVers" at 8:30 a.m. Not me. I stayed in bed and made it to "Easy, Effective, Economical RV Tips & Tricks" with Bob at 10:00 a.m. Both of us enjoyed the Tips and Tricks class. They taught us about a number of good products they sell at their booth. We bought some of their items on the last day of The Market.

The repair shop where our truck was imprisoned was supposed to call us about 9:00 a.m. to let us know what they found and give us a quote on fixing it. Well, they didn't call. Bob had to call them. They hadn't found anything as of 9:50 a.m. and needed until noon. We were hoping they would have it fixed today so we could turn our rental car in.

In the middle of the day, we took a break and relaxed in the rig. At 1:30, we went to "Driving Your RV Safely." The class had good reminders of how to respond to different situations. For example, do your best to keep your RV in the clear when driving in traffic. Don't get clustered up in heavy traffic, keep space between you and other vehicles, leave plenty of stopping distance. Also, people are going to cut you off, pull in front of you and go slow. Let them. Don't get angry. Keep your cool and drive defensively. 

Bob called the truck repair place again. They found a bad relay switch which they replaced. They weren't sure the problem was fixed, so they wanted to keep the truck another day and test turning it off and on to make sure it would keep starting. They said they'd call us back Tuesday morning.

There weren't any classes we wanted to take later in the afternoon. We did, however, want to go to the RV Country "Margarita" Happy Hour event. We got there about 5:00 p.m. and all the margaritas were gone as well as most of the appetizers. The RV show dealer's Happy Hour started at 4:30 on Monday, but today it started at 4:00 p.m. We didn't know that, so we missed out. 

Since we were there, we walked through a number of 5th wheels. After all these years in our 5th wheel, we're still happy with it. None of the other 5th wheels on the lot tempted us to trade ours in.

After the Happy Hour, Bob and I walked back to the 5th wheel in the boondocking area. It was a gorgeous evening, but a cold wind blew in. 


Boondocking area. 
Escapade boondocking area at
Pima County Fairgrounds.
Our entertainment tonight was "The Redhead Express." They were an enjoyable four-sister singing act who did amazing harmonies, rock, pop, and country. For part of the evening, their two brothers and "a brother from another mother" entertained us with energetic, fun music. The show was a hit!


Redhead Express
Redhead Express

As an aside, we could only run our generators until 10:00 p.m. which made it hard to heat our 5th wheel before bed. The evening entertainment went from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or so. We left a little early so we could heat our rig for a bit before bed. Nighttime temperatures were in the 30s! Brr! Even with four blankets on, we weren't warm. I did not sleep well. Strike 1 against boondocking.


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