I was hoping for a bill under $1000, but that was pretty unrealistic. Labor is $100/hour and they put two guys on it for six hours. Pam was thinking it was going to be $2000 or more. The bill ending up being almost $1842 which I thought was pretty reasonable.
You might ask, "What else did they do?" Just for that possibility, I included pictures of the work orders and invoice which itemizes things:
Invoice and notes
M3 Maintenance list
Battery test resultsDuring the afternoon as we waited for them to finish, we were still thinking we'd travel that evening.
We were thinking we'd hop in the Roadrunner and drive three hours down the highway and stay at a campground along the way.
But the more we thought about it, we decided against that plan. We had gotten up early and we didn't relish the idea of going through Charlotte rush-hour go-home traffic after a long day. Instead we decided to go dinner somewhere decent and get a good nights rest.
We found an Austrian Restaurant in Spartanburg which was only about 25 minutes up I-85. Except we hit the evening traffic going that direction and had a 30 minute slowdown. We were surprised the traffic was that congested on a Monday afternoon.
Then we found out it wasn't usually like that. We notice there were no cars coming in the opposite direction.
When we got seated we looked around and there are a lot of memorabilia from Austria. A lot of thought went into the cafe which could easily pass for a gasthaus. The ambiance and decor was non-commercial. The wood floors and ceiling timbers were authentic. You could image looking outside near the barn where the cows were being milked...
The cafe is a mix of fine dining in one section, casual dining, with a small bar and then a larger bar and pub in another area. It also has outside dining but that was not an option because of the 90 degree weather.
We enjoyed the selection on the menu and ordered Weiner schnitzel and Cordon Bleu. Pam and I lived in Germany for three great years (and our kids were born there) and loved the food. And I liked the beer. I got a draft beer which was delicious. The glass said it was from the world's oldest brewery. I don't know about that.
As I recall, dinner in Germany was an event of sorts and not something to be rushed. Here too, we had plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere and chatted with the waitress. We learned that the owner and chef, Gerhard opened the place in 1993 and went back to the home country to bring back three containers full of memorabilia and artifacts. No wonder the place looked and felt Austrian!
We took a different route back to the Roadrunner that was still parked in the Service Center campground and returned in about 30 minutes. It was the best German food we've had in the U.S. (technically Austrian - but who can tell the difference), ever! It was a place I'd go back to in a minute.
Another great day on the road in the Roadrunner. Thanks for joining us today!