Travelers on an Adventure by (Tom & Deb) travel blog

.... just a truck or two along the way, and getting closer...

At the Ned Brown preserve, but we did not see any Elk...


Taking a break at the waters edge

A very nice upgrade for us, New patio awning and solar shade

Beautiful bridges and bike paths around the park for locals and visitors...

Amazing park in the middle of a big city

Boat rentals and boat docks

Several water pumps through out the park

Another lake view

While in VT one of the awning springs broke on the RV. Zip Dee, the company that manufactured them, is located in Elk Grove IL (a bit north west of Chicago).

We contacted them about the problem and considering our travels we’re bringing us that way we made an appointment and Zip Dee. They recommended Ehrhardt’s trailer sales and service ( 3 blocks down the street from Zip Dee). Zip Dee replaced the broken spring and also replaced the tube for free.

We gave thought to our location and since we had repairs needed already we decided to replace the porch awning and add some new upgraded hardware that makes settting up the patio awning much easier. We also made an inquiry and found out that Zip Dee now offered solar shades that hangs off the patio awning. Hot days and AZ go hand in hand so bingo we added on a solar shade, we know we will truly enjoyed that we did.

Tim at Ehrhardt’s got everything all lined up for us and they also had a place for us to dry camp (with 30 amp service) alongside their building. We pulled in mid afternoon, and got settled in place.

The one hour time time zone change worked nicely to our advantage.The area was nice and it was relatively quiet. First thing Friday morning, ( Sept. 7) the crew got to work and while they were busy doing that, we visited Busse Woods which was about 15 minutes away. ( see, forest preserves of cook county, Ned Brown Preserve.)

What an absolutely wonderful place! After visiting the park, we stopped by the whole food market, then went back to Ehrhardt’s.

They were just finishing up and we prepped the coach for a short trip north, hooked up the car, filled the LP at their place on got on the road at 2:30pm heading about 130 miles north to dry camp over night at a Cabela's in Sun Prairie WI.

As a side note, I-90 westbound from the Ohio/Indiana state line to about Elkhart IN is one rough piece of road. East bound appeared as bad. It is no wonder packages arrive all beat up. ( and I always thought it was some guy at the distribution center that played kick ball with the boxes) we saw many double trailers (53 feet each trailer) or triple trailers from fedex, ups, Xpo logistics, etc) driving the same roads.

On our way...

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