I woke up at 7:30 AM but lay in bed until almost 8 AM. It got down to 50 degrees F outside last night and was cool enough in the bus for really good sleeping under several layers of sheets and thin blankets. Linda was still sound asleep so I slipped into my sweats and walked over to the meeting room for coffee and conversation. I skipped breakfast as I prefer not to eat before I have to drive the bus for any length of time. I would normally skip the coffee too but we did not plan to leave until noon, so I figured I had time to process it.
Linda eventually got up, got dressed, and joined the other women in the kitchen for conversation. Tim Olsen and Karl Crigger had not seen our remodeling project yet so we headed to the bus. Tim was particularly interested in what we had done in terms of furniture and we had a nice chat. All around us the other rally participants were in various stages of preparing for departure and both Tim and Karl took their leave to attend to their own departure routines.
Linda managed to get other people to take various pieces of chapter-owned food-related equipment and supplies with them so we did have to take them home, store them, and possibly have to get them to someone later. She started preparing the inside of our coach for departure while I installed the hitch back into the receiver on the bus. Most of the rally attendees had left by 11AM or were getting ready to pull out so we decided we would go too.
I fired up the bus engine and then disconnected and stowed the shore power cord while the engine warmed up and the chassis aired up. The site directly behind us on the other side of the road was empty, and it would be a much easier departure from there than from our site, so I backed the coach up while Linda served as spotter. Kathy came over so Linda showed her our interior remodeling project while I pulled the car around behind the bus and connected it to the hitch. Linda caught up with me and helped finish preparing the car for towing while I opened the air valve for the auxiliary brake system on the car. She checked that all of the bays were closed and locked, said “so long” to several folks, and got on board.
We were ready to pull out when Dan stopped by to say “thanks” for a great rally and then Mike stopped by to wish us safe travels. There are quite a few people in GLCC that we have never met, but most of the ones we have crossed paths with are genuinely nice people. Many of us in the GLCC chapter are also members of an independent organization named Converted Coach Owners, AKA “CCO.” Linda and I joined CCO in August 2014 but have never made it to a rally. The annual Halloween Rally will be in Centreville, MI the weekend of October 17th. Our bus should be usable then and we are seriously considering trying to attend.
I pulled the tag axle up and pulled out at 11:30 AM, driving around the back side of the activities building to get to the exit. This route is open with easy, wide turns. The more direct route has narrow roads with sharp turns, large trees close to the road, and low branches; not a big rig friendly route. A lot of large motorhomes and 5th Wheel trailers use Elkhart Campground and I do not understand why the trees along this route are not trimmed up adequately. We have encountered the same thing, however, at other RV parks. I get the feeling that many people who own/operate RV parks have never owned/used an RV or at least never driven a large one through their own campground.
We discussed several different route options that might avoid construction delays but ended up taking CR-4 back west to SR-19 north into Michigan and picked up US-12 east. The road construction between Sturgis and White Pigeon that delayed me for 20 minutes on Tuesday was finished and we rolled right through that stretch. We stayed on US-12 to Coldwater, got onto I-69 north, and took it to the southeast corner of Lansing where we exited onto I-96 east. We encountered our only road construction backup approaching the US-127 interchange at the southeast corner of the Lansing area. We were through that soon enough and on our final stretch home. We left I-96 at exit 133 and headed east on M-59. The last few miles were the worst. Hacker Road is as bad at the moment as we have ever seen it, more pothole than road, with deep, frequent ones at that, but we took it slow and made it home without breaking anything (as far as I know).
Linda made big salads for dinner which we enjoyed with a glass of Moscato. She relaxed playing online games while I set up my computer and then checked into the SLAARC information net. We watched the repeat of the last episode of Sherlock from last season and then went to bed.