Wednesday, July 1, 2009


We arrived at the 4H campground in Pontiac Illinois a little after noon on Sunday. It was an easy 150 mile day in the Roadrunner. We are impressed with this stretch of Illinois highway. They were very well maintained and a good piece of interstate along I-44 and I-55.

We were immediately met by the campground host and two NOMADS
couples who preceded us to the campground. All were very friendly and most helpful. Our first challenge was finding a good location within our campground spot so the Direct TV could get a clear shot at the satellite. It was not to be.
The large tree near our campsite blocked the line of sight. But our NOMADS neighbors had an extra dish and tripod and we re - rigged it up for that. It took about 25 yards of cable but we got lock on and were ready to do within the hour. It was a great way to start our adventure.

Sunday night we were invited out to the home of George and Rubye Russell who are the team leaders. We got to know each other a little bit and found out about NOMADS and the project in the town of Pontiac, IL. Neat town of 11,500.We got up on Monday and arrived at our project by 8:00. The retirement center is known as, "Evenglow a United Methodist Continuing Life Community".
Our team is made up of 4 couples and a single. We began with a devotional, sang two songs, had prayer time, then went off to our first day work assignments:John and Kitty worked on refurbishing restrooms; Pam and I stained doors; George and Rubeye and Judy painted door frames; while Fran and Joe painted elevators.
After devotions, we start working about 8:30, have breaks at 10:00 and 2:30, lunch at 12:15 and finish up around 4:00. Doesn't seem like the pace is too strenuous, but we were tired after the work day ended.

So ends our first day as NOMADS and another edition of Roadrunner Chronicles. Thanks for checking in.

1 comment:

  1. It's been a treat to follow your initial adventures. Sounds like you are in for some good fun with a great group. Pontiac was the home of my grandparents when I was a toddler! I have wonderful, yet vague, memories of being there. Enjoy!

    We'll be out there on the road with you very soon,