Saturday, May 21, 2022

My Friend Angie Ruiss

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in for another post. I hope you are doing well. I am grateful to say I am doing good. God has blessed me in so many ways! No matter what life holds at this moment, for all of us, we can proclaim God is awesome! I am feeling thankful today.

One of the things that I proclaim here regularly is that I am thankful for my friends! Recently I was thinking about my friend group. Many of my friends have been in my life for a long time. Some friends I have only known a little while. I am thankful to know I have so many excellent people in my corner.

Our travels have allowed me to meet countless people. We have been blessed abundantly with wonderful friends all over this country and beyond. 

One of my childhood friends that I still count as a close friend lives in Georgia. I can not tell you the exact time I met Angie Ruiss. We grew up seeing each other at several different campmeetings.


Angie is slightly older than me but she always included me in her circle of friends at campmeeting. When we went to a new place, I was nervous about finding friends. I would get excited every time I saw the Ruiss family there too. I had a friend to hang with if Angie was there. 

Angie and I never talked between meetups in our younger days. I did not realize that I was making a lifelong friend. I am thankful for the bond of friendship that started 30 plus years ago. I wish that I had pictures from our earlier years.

Most of the time, miles separate us, and we do not get to be together. The times that our paths cross are wonderful. I enjoy visiting with her so much! We can always pick up where we left off last time. Now we do keep in contact between visits. 

We got to be together for a few nights of revival back in March. It was good to talk face to face again. After church, we were inseparable. It was great to be with my dear friend. 

Sis. Sherry Ruiss, Angie's Mom, was looking for her after church. When she could not locate Angie, she started looking for me.😀Sis. Sherry said she thought if I find Odie, I will find Angie. Sure enough, Angie and I were sitting at a table, catching up.

I love Bro. Roger and Sis. Sherry Ruiss too! They are fantastic people and friends to my parents and me! I am grateful that The Ruiss family and our family wanted to go to campmeetings. We gained many blessings, memories and friends from those trips.

The Ruiss family has traveled many miles to be in revivals with us over the years. Their presence in the services always makes our day! During our 2020 online revival, they faithfully watched and listened. Angie would tell them to gather around, it is church time.

Angie, thank you for being my dear friend! Thanks for letting me hang with you and always having time for me. You will never know how much I value our friendship! You inspire me! I love you!

I almost forgot when I snapped the selfie of us back in March, Angie said do not forget to write single next to my pictures on the blog. There is your shoutout, Angie.😍

Thanks for visiting with me today. It is a pleasure to have you here.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Vonore, TN to Russellville, AR - Travelogue

We left Vonore the first time Tuesday at about 6:50 AM and had to return. We left the second time at 12:50 PM on Wednesday.

We took HWY 72 over to I-75 North to I-40 West. I-40 was our route for the rest of the day except for taking the south loop around Nashville. Leaving afternoon put us in Nashville at afternoon rush hour and it was a mess as expected. The I-440 loop was much better traffic wise.

The plan was to spend the night at the Flying J in Fairview, Tennessee, but we could not get into the RV spots out front. There was a Rest Area a few miles further that we knew we could get in, so we drove on.

This is where we rested a few minutes at Flying J.

The Rest Area was called Johnny Cash Rest Area near Dickson, Tennessee. It was marked no overnight parking, but it was obvious that truckers were settling in for the night. I figured my friend, Johnny Cash would not mind, so we stayed with no problem.

It was 6:00 AM when we pulled out Wednesday morning expecting to be in West Memphis by 8:40. That was prevented by a wreck on the interstate with a 40 minute detour around. The detour only added a few miles, but it was slow going through small towns.

We pulled into the Flying J in West Memphis, Arkansas about 9:15. I walked, messed with a few things on the bus, took my morning shower and laid across the bed for a few minutes. 

After filling up with diesel, it was 11:20 when we pulled out and hit the road.

The drive on I-40 across Arkansas was completely clear like we love it. All the rivers were very high and the trees were amazingly green. It was a nice drive.

We pulled into Flying J in Russellville, Arkansas 8 hours and 20 minutes after we left the Johnny Cash Rest Area. Only six hours of that was driving and the total for the day was 379 miles.

The RV parking spots were inaccessible for us here and the next rest area's parking was questionable so we parked with the trucks in a pull through spot on the end by the exit. Pulling out early Thursday should not be a problem.

We have driven 612 miles so far and Google Maps says we have 1272 miles to go. More travelogues to come!

Thank you for reading today.


Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Best Laid Plans And All That! BoggsMobile News

Our life often revolves around the BoggsMobile so sometimes that is what I write about. If you are here to read about our 1995/96 Prevost XL Vantare, you are in luck today. 

IF you go to sleep every time I post something mechanical, humor me today, you may like tomorrow better!

The Best Laid Plans And All That! BoggsMobile News😍
I told you Tuesday that we hoped to roll some miles under our wheels that day. While we did roll some miles, it was not as near as many as we had hoped. We were gone from East Tennessee Luxury Coach before 7:00 AM, but we were back in 55 minutes.

By 4:30 AM, I was up and thinking about leaving. By 6:30 the bus was running and we were hooking up the Jeep. Thirteen miles later, KJo was in the back and smelled brakes getting hot. At the same time, my tire pressure monitor was telling me that one of my tag axle tires had pressure rising. Time to pull over.

Thankfully, there was a station we could pull into. Nothing was overly hot, but it was pretty obvious one of the brakes was dragging. I called Jeff and headed back to his shop. We unhooked the Jeep and Jeff pulled the BoggsMobile into the shop.

You may wonder why we make such a big deal about brake issues. There are two reasons. Number one, when we need to stop this thing, I want it to be able to stop. Number two, tires and wheels are the leading source of bus fires. Ouch!

The brakes drag or the bearings run dry, the wheel gets red hot, the tire catches on fire and the bus burns down alongside the road. I have seen way too many pictures and way too many videos and cried every time. We are doing our best to prevent something like that!

There are valves that control the air flow to the tag axle brake chambers. They are called R12 valves. I had them replaced in October 2013 at Prevost Houston. They were leaking like crazy then. They were not leaking Tuesday, but it was possible they were not working correctly. They are not expensive and relatively easy to change. That was the first thing to replace.

Jeff also recommended changing the tag axle brake chambers and they had to be ordered. They would not arrive until Wednesday so we were grounded for the day. I will tell you about Wednesday in a few moments.

A Different Subject
The bus has two 12 volt fresh water pumps and both are kind of difficult to get to. Pump #1 is very difficult to get to. It quit working a while back, but since the second one was working, we did not worry about it. The day we left Virginia and came to Tennessee, Pump #2 quit.

Since were in Vonore an extra day, KJo and I drove to Camping World to get a pump and Jeff put it on. Now we can use water from our fresh water tank when we are not near a spigot.. Yay!

For my own personal information, I purchased a Remco brand pump this time. The bus originally had Flojet and Sureflo pumps and the last two I purchased were Flojet. I like the variable speed 5 GPM Flojet, but it was $400 at Camping World. This one lasted about 4 1/2 years.

The Remco variable speed 5.3 GPM was $228. It is the 90-55AQUAJET-ARV. Jeff had a ball installing it. Hopefully, we are still friends. I need to redo that whole setup. It has not been good from the beginning.

I enjoyed a leisurely morning outside Wednesday. I walked a bit and then sat in the shade in front of the bus. 

Just about the time, it was getting too warm for me outside, the parts arrived and it was time to pull the bus into the shop.

New brake chamber for the tag axle.

These are the two old chambers that were replaced in June 2014.

The brakes released perfectly after installing the new brake chambers and we were hooked up and on the road by 12:50 PM Wednesday. Hallelujah! We had a first good day on the road with no problems at all. Hallelujah Again!

More road news later. Thank you for dropping in.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A Word For Wednesday - Full Surrender

It is time for A Word For Wednesday. A Few minutes ago, I posted A Word for Wednesday on our YouTube Channel. Please give it a listen and leave us a comment here or on YouTube.

I am reading today from Everyday With Jesus by George B. Duncan. Jesus is our Savior and is also Sovereign. He is Savior and He must also be Lord!

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In our very first A Word For Wednesday, on January 6, 2021, I read a sermon from George B. Duncan. You can find that at this link.

Thank you for dropping in today. It is always good to have you.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

We Begin!

We had planned a trip to California last year, but I was concentrating more on breathing than I was driving the bus.😁

Today, we begin. By God's grace we will leave Vonore, Tennessee shortly after daylight and drive 1864+ miles to El Mirage, Arizona in the Phoenix area. After a week or so in Phoenix, we plan to venture into California for about four weeks.

We have made trips like this many times in three or four days, but we intend to ease along nice and slow. For the first couple of days, I would like to drive like we did a few times last fall. 

That is, begin early in the morning and drive about 200 miles in three hours. We would follow the three hours of driving with a walk, a meal and then stretch out on the couch for a few minutes. Then drive another 200 miles in three hours and stop by the mid-afternoon.

IF I can do that two days in a row, I will feel good about our progress, slow down a bit and maybe even have a day of no driving. All of that depends on the BoggsMobile running great, but I am pretty confident that it will.

This will be our twentieth trip to preach in California. The BoggsMobile is making its eight trip to the Golden State since we have owned it, although it lived there the first few years of its life.

I wrote four posts in 2019 about our previous 19 trips to California. You can find the fourth post HERE and there are links to the other three at the bottom of it.

We are looking forward to being in the west and seeing many friends. We will not get to stay as long as we would like, but that is the way it falls this time. I suppose that gives us more incentive to go back again!

Please pray for us over the next week IF you will. We always appreciate it. Thank you for reading today.

Edit: We did not get far Tuesday morning before turning around with a small glitch. I will tell you more about it on a later day. It is only a small delay. 🎵He's Got It All In Control🎵


Monday, May 16, 2022

The Weeked Dispatch 5/16/22

Do not look now, but we are over halfway through the month of May! Wow! That seems incredible.

This weekend has not been the usual weekend for us, but it was good. We ate good, traveled a few miles and spent time with family and friends. Not too shabby for only a few days.

First, I have a food picture left over from last week during revival. Yummy!

The BoggsMobile was parked in Vonore, Tennessee at East Tennessee Luxury Coach and we parked ourselves at Holiday Inn Express in Oak Ridge. Beechfork Holiness Church is only 20 minutes from the closest hotels in Oak Ridge.

Thursday morning we moved out of the hotel, drove to Vonore, swapped out a bunch of things between the bus and the Jeep and drove straight to Ohio. We did make a pitstop for lunch at Sonny's BBQ in Corbin, Kentucky.

After arriving in Ohio, I visited Bro. Jerry and Sis. Linda Neely from Dodds Church. I have known the Neely's my whole life. Bro. Jerry is very low physically and will soon go to Heaven without a miracle and I wanted to see them and pray with them. (Edit Monday morning: Bro. Jerry passed away early Monday. Please pray for his family)

Then came the yard mowing. We have someone scheduled to mow the yard while we are gone, but we might as well save him a bit of time and us a bit of money when we can.

We had Acapulco a few times and visited with my parents and KJo's parents Thursday night and Friday.

Saturday, KJo and I jumped in the car and headed back toward Tennessee. Odie stayed behind. She is going to enjoy home, family and church for a bit. We sure miss her already.

We stopped in London, Kentucky Saturday evening and visited two churches we had never been to before on Sunday. We have lots of friends in both churches, but we had never been to either one.

Sunday morning we went to Abundant Life Tabernacle near London. The pastor is an old friend, Bro. Ashley Noe. We failed to take any pictures of the people. Can you see we are missing Odie?

Sunday evening we visited Faith Tabernacle near London. The Pastor is Darrell Allen and several of our long time friends attend there. We had a great time at both churches.

Odie sent in a few pictures from her Sunday too.

Today, we plan to finish the drive to Tennessee. We hope the BoggsMobile is ready to ride tomorrow evening so we can hit the road early Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by for a few minutes.