[caption id="attachment_3946" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Faires\' Bus Barn"][/caption] Eric, Debbie, and Jay Faires, fellow POG members, graciously gave us the use of their bus barn for some needed maintenance. This is not your normal bus barn this is the Biltmore of Bus Barns. Everything is overbuilt to remove the margin of error. It was such a pleasure to step into the pit and be able to see everything on the underside and work anywhere around the bus and have all the light needed because th of the dozens of lights mounted along the walls and ceiling to brighten the entire work area.
We arrived just before Thanksgiving and Debbie's parents invited us to join their family for the holiday. It was nice to finally relax after all the travel for repairs and traveling across Tennessee. At night Eric and Jay conducted impromptu concerts at the house. I joined in quietly on guitar in the background. Pamela would not play giving the excuse that here calluses were missing for lack of practice. Debbie's brother invited us to his after Thanksgiving party were he BBQed and had several kegs on tap inside and outside the house. We participated in Debbie's Pilates class, walked through the woods, 4-wheeled to the river, drove to the bridge, and had just a wonderful time with this extraordinary family in the mountains of East Tennessee.
Joe Cannarozzi flew in from Chicago to help us replace the front airbags and rear shocks. You may remember last year we stopped in Chicago at Joe house and did some earlier work on the bus. The punch list this year was much longer and Joe's
[caption id="attachment_3952" align="alignnone" width="334" caption="Old and New Air Bags"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3953" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Eric, Joe, and Lloyd taking a break"][/caption]
Finally we are able to auto level the bus and we are leak free, meaning the bus stays level. [caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Joe looking for leaks"][/caption]
Thanks Joe again for a great working experience. We then pulled our bus out of the barn and and enjoyed a few more days with the Faires family and their friends. Don, Debbie's brother came over preformed a worldclass pyro display.
We look forward to seeing them again soon in Florida this winter. Thank you guys for everything, you are the hosts with the most. -L