Rally week

I’m not sure what we were expecting when we left for the Passport America rally. We’re used to Silver Eagles rallies where 20 or 30 Eagles and their owners get together, the men talk about buses and the women catch up on families or go shopping. We mostly all know each other, with just an occasional newcomer. This definitely wasn’t that! We were the only bus conversion among 150 or so RVs, all the way from little campers to fifth wheels to big coaches and we didn’t know any of the owners, going into the rally. Knowing LeRoy, you know that didn’t last long. He quickly got acquainted and even lent a hand at fixing a shower door in a much newer coach than ours. People are what makes a rally experience what it is for us. We met the folks from the Passport America office in the Florida who were in charge, along with recent full timers from New Jersey, an early-Bronco club from California, a working couple of full timers from Alaska and many, many more. There was a catered dinner each night, pulled pork one night, brisket another and ending with a pizza party.

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The entertainment on Tuesday night was Rick Roberts from Nashville, but this guy showed up for dinner, complete with one bullet in his pocket.

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His comedy was clean and relatable and he wasn’t bad with the guitar, either.

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We had to go back to the church for our last Bible study on Wednesday, so we missed the entertainers that night, a duo called Too Lazy 2 Ranch.

The seminar schedule and the vendor list were disappointing, to say the least. I think there were 7 vendors and even fewer scheduled seminars. The only two I found halfway interesting cancelled before the rally even started!

The saving grace was LaMesa RV’s assortment of RVs (a hundred or more, all shapes and sizes). We toured dozens and I took pictures of several relatively unique features. These came from several multi-hundred thousand dollar coaches, not all in the same one.  Everyone needs a walk-in cedar lined closet

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with a tip out escape ladder, just release that catch and push.

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That mirror? It turns into a TV when you want to watch a movie in bed. I’ve seen those before, just not in an RV.

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I liked several with niches for my shoes!

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A double vanity would come in handy…

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and a safe.

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Since the driver should keep his hands on the wheel, it comes in handy to have two screens for the GPS, one with the menu for the passenger to use, and the other with just the map for the driver.

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LeRoy liked this instrument panel on the steering column.

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Since we have a mural painted on the back of Liberty, we were fascinated with this one that parked behind us. It’s “sort of” Niagra Falls and sort of not!

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The couple who own it are another Bob and Karen from California, like our bus friends Bob and Karen Ward in Kansas. They were part of the Bronco group and we joined them (or they joined us) for lunch at Hotrods of Vail on Thursday. The guys practically drooled at the very clean active hotrod shop attached to the restaurant and bar. You could just about eat off of that floor.

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The menu was varied, food was good, the portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. And the company was lots of fun.

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And now, we’re in Yuma visiting friends and family again. Adventure still awaits, even this late in the season.

 

 

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