Wednesday, August 25, 2021
If you are reading this looking for a connection between squirrel tails and God Winks, sorry – the only connection is that we are writing about these two completely separate things in this post.
Saturday, we remained in Antigo to rest, get ready to travel and celebrate our anniversary. As we were out doing some errands, we again saw a sign we had been laughing and making jokes about since our first day in Antigo. Why would anyone be advertising they want squirrel tails? We kept looking for tail-less squirrels as we walked the Antigo trails but never saw one. This time we just had to investigate. After all the jokes we had made we really wanted to know. Click here for a link to what we found. We know this is serious business for the folks at Sheldon’s Inc, the producers of Mepps, the world’s #1 lure, but we have sure laughed a lot. Have fun reading. Don’t miss the page on how to submit the tails or how much money you can earn by doing so.
Sunday, we reluctantly turned Fred back in southerly direction, dreading the increasing temperatures. It was an uneventful drive until we were about 25 miles from our destination for the day, Midwest Mission Distribution Center. They have a great campground for their volunteers and we had arranged to stop there for the night, relax and visit with friends on Monday morning. However, Fred had other plans for us and turned on his check engine light. We immediately began checking all the gauges, listening, and looking for any changes in anything. There was nothing. Everything seemed fine. Remembering that the folks at Freightliner told us one time that our engine would not let us tear it up, that it would stop us before that happened (not sure that is completely true), we decided to continue on toward MMDC. We pulled into our campsite for the evening, let Fred cool off and shut him down as usual. Hoping the light would clear itself, we waited a bit and then retried. Nope, the light stayed on. We called the 24-hour Freightliner number and the helpful gentleman tried to determine the issue. Unfortunately, he couldn’t really help us and told us that based on the code, we shouldn’t drive on to Birmingham without getting things checked. Well, it just so happened we were eight miles from an excellent Freightliner service center. We were at their office at 7:00 am Monday morning and they immediately started checking out Fred and after about 1 ½ hour we were told we simply needed a software update, which they provided and we were back on the road. Wow! We know some would call this luck and others maybe fate, but we know and are so thankful for another example of how God always provides for us. And sometimes without us realizing it until after the fact – God Winks. And we made some more friends at The Truck Center in Springfield, IL. If you are ever in need of service or repairs to your motor home in the Springfield are, we highly recommend these guys and gals. And they have service centers in numerous other locations too. We will certainly use them again if the need arises.
We are now back in Alabama preparing for our next adventure.