We left Dallas at around noon on Thursday morning after finishing the spray paint job to the roof wound. We made it to Abilene by 5 and settled in for the night. Friday morning, we left at 7 and managed to arrive in Alpine by 130. We were the last in the group to arrive, and almost as soon as we drove in, we were greeted by several of our fellow travelers. Three of the couples are from Canada, one couple is from Ohio, one couple is from Washington state, one gentleman is from California, and the last gentleman is from Idaho. Ourselves, two other couples and one of the single gentlemen are new to the group, the others having traveled last year with Kevin and Ruth Read, the group leaders who are from Canada. It sounds a little confusing to speak of everyone in such veiled terms, but I am unsure at this point whether anyone would mind being named in this public blog, so other than naming Kevin and Ruth, who have their own public blog, I will wait to post photos or name names until I understand how much privacy the group members require.
We all agreed to meet at the rv clubhouse at 4 for happy hour and small appetizers to share. Kevin wanted to go over some of the information about what to expect during the trip. The meeting stretched to after 7 and was a lot of fun. I think the trip is going to be very interesting, and the group seems keen to have a common experience!
|The gash shortly after it happened. Cue the violins.|
|Mark and Larry clean up the jagged edges and prepare the surface for foam filler and fiberglass matting. Did I mention what a wonderful brother and husband I have?|
|Larry taping off the surface ahead of applying spray paint. It was windy in Dallas on Thursday, so he had to spray in between gusts. Did I mention what a wonderful husband I have?|