And Away We Go. . .
It's finally time to hit the road! Donna, Sue and Earl came to Elgin to see us off and after one small glitch (Lesson Learned #2- See Below), we were off!
|The view from our rig in the Walmart Parking Lot|
Lesson Learned #2
Sunday, October 20, 2013
We were on the road by 9:30, after breakfast at the Waffle House and a quick grocery run at Walmart.
Before we left Chicago, we bought the Rand McNally RV GPS and it seems to be working well. It is supposed to route us the most "RV friendly" way. We drove thru Indiana and Ohio on interstates and then crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky.
We had a nice ride in Kentucky until we got low on fuel and weren't passing any gas stations. Marty stays calm and I worry enough for the both of us. Luckily we have the Gas Buddy app and found a Marathon station that had a large enough area to maneuver in. Technology sure makes this life easier. We arrived in West Liberty, KY for our Habitat for Humanity build at 2:30 and got settled in.
Around 5:30 our H4H team gathered around a campfire where we all introduced ourselves and learned about habitat.org and what we would be doing. This build is a "disaster response" build due to a tornado that hit the town in March of 2012. A disaster build differs from a regular build in that the recipients of the homes do not have to help with the building of their new home. In a regular build a couple is required to put in 500 hours and a single person needs 250 hours. These hours can be working on the house or taking classes on how to take care of a house once they get it (home repair, finances, etc.). Habitat's motto is "Habitat is a Hand Up - Not a Hand Out".
We have 13 people working on the build - 5 couples and 3 single people. 2 of the other couples are full-timers and we hope to "pick their brains" while we're here.