It was really raining when we were getting ready to go to the service department at Camping World. They said they were booked 6 weeks out and cannot take our Lil’ Home (LH) in to check. While there we browsed the store to see if there was anything we need for the LH. There were few, but we were not ready to buy them just yet.
We went back to Speedco and asked if they could order air filter. “No, we don’t stock it, therefore we cannot order it”, the manager said. He suggested us to go to Stoops Truck Service on the other side of S. Harding Road.
After providing the VIN # for our Lil' Home (LH) to the manager at Stopps he was not able to locate the part #, would not take our LH in for service. Another blow… We realized that it is not going to be an easy task of having LH serviced on anywhere.
We decided that we were going to leave Indianapolis now and go straight to St. Louis via I-70.
The rain was on/off along the route. As soon as Erwin turned on the wipers the rain would stop raining. The second he turned the wipers off it would rain again. A constant battle with the clouds that could not make up its mind! The sun was trying to peek out a couple times, but the clouds would not let it shine through.
Edith goggled for truck or RV repair shop in St. Louis, found one, texted Saint Louis RV shop. They replied that there is an opening for us on Tuesday, July 7th. "Fine with us”, we texted back. This would mean going back to St. Louis after visiting Erwin’s relatives in Columbia, MO this week.
Heavy construction was being done on the bridge in Terra Haute, IN (4 miles from IL/IN border line)
We arrived IL state line at 1:05 pm. We took Exit 147 (IL 1) from I-70, turned left, a couple miles later turned right to get on US 40 to go to the town of Martinsville, IL to check out the world’s largest horseshoe at the fairgrounds.
|Does Edith look like she has horns growing out of her head?|
We went north on N York St to get back on US 40 to go to Casey, IL. While we were on way Edith spotted a rustic water tower with “Martinsville" on it.
Back on US 40 West, then turned left on IL 49 to check out a couple roadside attractions in Casey, IL. The world's largest wind chime that stands 55' high is in this town. There are several largest sculptures around and they were working on few more when we visit the woodworking shop.
|The World's Longest Pitchfork (still in progress)|
Before reaching Mulberry Grove to spend the night at a campground we shopped at Martin's grocery store in Effingham, IL. It was a very nice store.
"Cross at the Crossroads" - World's Largest Cross
It is by Highways 57 and 70 in Effingham, IL
It has been a long long time since we saw Stuckeys store. It was in Altamonte, IL. In the past we would stop at Stuckeys just to get pecan log rolls. From 1930's to 1970's it was a very popular convenience store, but dwindled after it was purchased by a large corporation. It is starting to come back in some states. No, we did not stop there to get pecan log rolls. Maybe we should have....
We checked into Timber Trails Campground in Mulberry Grove, IL. After setting up our LH Erwin turned the air conditioning on and the electricity tripped. Erwin went outside to reset the power, but found that there was no reset button or switch and he had to walk over to the office to report the problem. We had to wait before the manager went to the service center to reset the power.