Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Final Touches Before Leaving Baton Rouge

Finally on Tuesday, March 27th, with all the ordered parts received, the last issues with Endie were resolved. Nothing major... just some minor adjustments and factory assembly line issues. In the end, we were in the Baton Rouge area just two days short of one month.  We couldn't complain because we enjoyed visiting all the old places and finding some new ones.

During those weeks we managed to buy the new coach (Endie) and the new car (Big Blackie), see our old house and places of work, eat at some of our favorite diners and dives, visit with some old friends and make some new ones. 

Here are some of the people at The RV Shop who helped make our motorhome trade so pleasurable.
Here we are with Al. He worked us through the trade.
 We exchanged many emails before we ever met him.

I really enjoyed visiting with Tammy.
A beautiful lady, inside and out. A cancer survivor and a new and dear friend.

Reed coordinated all our service after the purchase of Endie.
That's Endie behind him.  Nearly ready now....

Josh worked on all the electronics.
He also installed the new Blue Ox Faceplate onto Big Blackie
This is the Blue Ox tow bar, adjusted upward several inches to accommodate the high faceplate on Big Blackie.

Tyson is the Sales Manager. He still owes me one set of keys! 

James worked hard getting the desk moved from Mona into Endie.

 Reed and Josh behind the service counter.

Rodney orders everything. Always smiling.  He's a dog lover too. 

The RV Shop King, Gerald. Great guy, great family, great business.
His hat still has the tag dangling off the back of the brim.
Tammy gave Wayne a nice white canvas Panama Jack hat that didn't get photographed because the camera's batteries died.

This is Buddy, The RV Shop watchdog.
Buddy is a Pit Bull and Lab Mix. He has a ferocious bark. He attacks small animals and kills them without warning.
Fortunately, Buddy stays locked up during the day and anytime Lexie and Ozzie were on the premises.
By about 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, everything was complete and we were ready to pull away. We're excited to move on now and we're headed west.  Just about the time we got out of town a rock flew up and chipped Endie's windshield! A "dime" shaped and sized chip on the lower right section.  Oh well.... if we can't cope with a few bumps along the way, we're in the wrong retirement business.  

As new coach buyers from The RV Shop in Baton Rouge, we'll enjoy a complimentary night in Breaux Bridge at Cajun Palms campground.  Tomorrow, we'll make our way into Texas via I-20 toward Dallas.

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