We left the New Orleans area on Saturday and drove north to Choudrant, Louisiana to our favorite Alfa fix-it guy to have our awning repaired and remounted. We have been stepping over the 18-foot rolled up canvas ever since the disaster in November.
The Florida repair guys estimated $2400. They said several parts needed to be replaced that we felt might be OK, so we took the job to Ronnie at Albritton's. We ended up paying about $750 for parts and $285 for Ronnie's labor! We did have to wait around for several days to get one part, but overall it was well worth waiting until we got there instead of having the Florida crew do it.
Now we are on a long haul to California. We have driven 560 miles across Texas so far, and have another 400 to go. We will drive as many days in a row as we are comfortable with, then take a break. Our next appointment is not until March 2nd at Alfateers. They are experts in Alfa bodywork and have all the trim and parts. We need to have a hinge on one of the bay doors adjusted, some bottom trim replaced, and I want an additional overhead light installed above the swivel chair. Alfateers will have exactly the same lights as we have elsewhere in the rig.
Then it will be a quick drive down to San Diego for a long visit with our daughter and her family.
I will keep reading all of your blogs, but I doubt if I'll have much to write about myself. Well maybe, I'll start writing some of the thoughts and opinions I have instead of just "this is where we are and this is what we are doing..."