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MONDAY - Bright and early this morning we packed down camp and headed north on Interstate 65 for 167-miles to arrive back at Airstream Nuts & Bolts.

Why? I'm glad you asked! Because today our new refrigerator is finally scheduled to be delivered.

For the last 9-days we've been without a fridge and living out of a medium sized ice cooler, but that should all change by tonight.

We arrived back at Ronnie's shop just before noon, where I immediately unhooked from THE POD and left Tricia behind. I have another mission to accomplish today and that's to get my laptop's keyboard and speakers replaced.

The keyboard has been losing the ability to type certain letters, a new one or two each day it seems. It started a few weeks ago with the left shift key, not a big deal, right? There's another one on the right side of the keyboard that still works just fine.

Then it was the "C" key that went missing. That makes it a little more difficult to do a "copy and paste" procedure, something I do often while generating these blog posts. I developed a "work around" for that by doing a "cut and paste" (command X, no "C" needed) and immediately replace what it was that I cut. That wasn't fun, but it got the job done.

Then the clincher came! The "G" key quit working and the first letter of the password to access my laptop is guess what, that's right "G". So now I'm locked out of my computer!

One thing I don't think I mentioned about our visit last week with Ronnie was that Tricia had dropped new cellphone and cracked the front screen. I took it to the only electronics repair business in Dadeville, AL and they ordered the part and for a mere $325 we got it fixed.

While I was there I asked about getting my keyboard and speakers replaced on my 11-year old laptop. Once again the parts would have to be ordered and I told them I wouldn't be back until after Thanksgiving to have the repair done. I'm so glad I did!

My repair cost was only $135, not too bad considering I purchased the laptop used for $499 several years ago to replace my 2008 laptop when the screen finally quit working. Thanks to "Get Ur Fix" in Dadeville, AL we are back to working full strength to bring you all these blogposts.

Anyway, by 8:00PM that night our new fridge was in and working. Ronnie didn't get started on our repair until nearly 6:00PM when he finished working on someone else's trailer that he had in the shop.

We spent the night and around 8:00AM the next morning we settled up by paying our bill and bid farewell to Ronnie for the second time in just 10-days. It was nice to leave that cooler behind! Thanks Ronnie for the loaner.

TUESDAY - Today we have a long drive to make, 261-miles to be exact, plus we have several necessary stops to make.

The first and probably most important is to purchase gasoline. ROVER's computer has been setting off alarms informing me we have only 48-miles worth of gas left in the tank.

Gas prices here in Dadeville, AL are around $2.99 a gallon, but less than 25-miles down the road in Opelika, AL the Walmart is selling gas for $2.61 and I have enough fuel points built up that my price will be $2.51 for the first 20-gallons, that's a $2 savings right there.

After pumping 33.5-gallons into ROVER's tank I figure we saved nearly $15 by going to Walmart for gas this morning. While I was pumping gas Tricia took two of our 3-gallon water bottles into the store and refilled them with fresh drinking water.

STOP #1 complete!

Our next stop was a surprise for Tricia. There is a Buc-cee's gas station in Auburn, AL and Tricia has never been to a Buc-cee's, so I surprised her with a visit to this one.

Here's Tricia holding hands with her new best friend, Buc-cee!

Buc-cee's is much more than just a gas station, it's an experience. They are known for having an excessive amount of gas pumps available, so there is seldom a need to wait at the pump.

This location has well over 50 pumps (sorry no photo) and there was no waiting that I saw because nearly ¾ of them were open while we were there. One thing they are not known for is having the cheapest price though and that's why we filled up at Walmart before arriving here.

They do have a super-sized convenience store, complete with delicious fresh hot and cold food, a wall of coffee with many different flavorings. There is of course an entire gift shop full of Buc-cee souvenir items, plus camping items and during this time of year, Christmas stuff.

We escaped with only a $40 tab, most of that was my $15 2-lb. sample pack of 12 different flavored fudges they make on site.

STOP #2 complete!

This next stop is going to be expensive!

We've had a Costco membership for just over a year now and we seldom get to use it. Today we're going to make good use of it I'm sure.

We tried to empty our fridge of everything except condiments in prearation of getting our new one, so that when the new one is in we'll need to fill it back up again. What better place to do that than Costco?

To make a long story short, an hour and a half later we left Costco after paying our $387 to the cashier. That didn't include our $3.84 lunch we ate at Costco, which included a slice of Cheese Pizza, a Foot Long Hotdog and a soda that we shared.

Just 2-miles down the road from Costco we found a Publix where we filled in all the little gaps of food we needed that just didn't make sense to purchase at Costco. That bill came to $235, but now we have enough food to literally last us until next year!

STOP #3 complete!

This next stop only cost us $13.50 thankfully. Now that we've moved our three hugh solar batteries from the very front of THE POD rearward, to just over the axles, we found a CAT Scale to check just what that means to the tongue weight of the trailer.

The CAT Scale verified that we have indeed taken 220-lbs. off of the rear axle weight on ROVER and placed in on THE POD's axle where it belongs. That's good news and should make it safer moving our combined 16,300 lbs. down the road.

STOP #4 complete!

Our final stop is in Spanish Fort, AL located on the east side of Mobile Bay. It's a Bass Pro Shops location where they allow overnight FREE parking.

Inside of the store they have a huge aquarium filled with huge fish of all kinds, most of their locations have similiar aquariums. This one however has a hidden staircase leading up to the second floor that gives you a bird's eye view of the tank from behind and the rest of the store.

By 8:30PM we were all tucked in a full half hour before closing time. There were two other "overnight" customers parked in the lot with us.

I know that our FREE overnight visit cost us $60 worth of sale items from the clothing rack that Tricia just couldn't live without. I wonder what their FREE overnight visit cost them?

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