Thursday, April 19, 2012
Добро пожаловать в Москву! Actually, in these parts, folks are much more likely to say "howdy" and give you a wave.
Welcome to Moscow, Iowa, the second stop on our Spring Moose Maintenance Tour. Moscow is the home of HWH, the manufacturers of Bullwinkle's leveling jacks and room slideouts. We arrived here yesterday afternoon and parked for the night in preparation of our early morning checkup.
Our moose was pulled into a service bay by 7:00 a.m. The friendly woman at the service counter recommended breakfast at a very tasty family restaurant in nearby Tipton. We traveled eight miles north of HWH and found this quaint little town. From our booth, we listened to a group of locals solve the problems of the world while we enjoyed a hearty breakfast.
By the time we returned to Moscow, Bullwinkle was ready to roll. The good people of HWH provided this diagnostic check at no charge. They corrected a small problem for a small price and we hit the road with peace of mind about these essential systems. While we were hitching the squirrel to the moose, we watched this storm pass to the east. This garden-variety thunderstorm looked far more dramatic than it was. The wide open spaces of southeast Iowa gave us a panoramic view.
From Moscow we headed west toward Iowa City, dodging a few raindrops on the way. Tonight, we're listening to raindrops on the roof from our site in Amana, Iowa. The forecast for the next few days calls for cool temperatures and gray skies. That'll be just fine as we explore the Amana Colonies.