Cowpens and Chassis

We are still in Gaffney, SC having our coach serviced at the Freightliner Service Center.  It is getting its M3 service, which in Freighliner speak means they are changing fluids and filters, and checking everything under the coach.  The bill will be a bit “salty” but it is necessary to keep the coach in good working order.  Drive your home down the highway at 60mph and see if it doesn’t need an occasional “day at the spa!”

While the coach was in receiving it’s spa treatment, we headed for the local Starbucks for our own treatment.  Pam is a renown expert in the evaluation of a caramel machiotto  so we develop an evaluation on each Starbucks we visit.  Usually the report is good to excellent, but this one failed the evaluation!  The first cup seemed to have an excess of caramel so she returned it, asked the girl to follow the recipe, and was given a replacement.  The replacement tasted worse than the original, so she ended up throwing it away (my white chocolate mocha was very good, by the way).

We then drove down the street to the Freightliner Factory, where they build the chassis for motorhomes, school buses, and delivery trucks like the ones used by UPS.  I guess you may have crossed into another life era when you spend time in an assembly plant and enjoy it, but that’s what happened.  The tour was about an hour and a half but very interesting (if you like assembly lines).

That was followed by a tour of a Revolutionary War battlefield called “Cowpens.”  Now if you are into history and know the Revolutionary War, you are familiar with this battle as it is one of the key victories for the Americans during the Revolution, although it doesn’t get the press it deserves.

What an advantage it is to tour in the off-season!  The parking lot was empty and the only person in the visitor’s center was a volunteer.  We watched a 20 minute video with reenactors  explaining the battle, then walked a one mile loop path around the battlefield.  The weather was outstanding and the battlefield very interesting.

After a brief car tour of the town of Gaffney and the small school of Limestone College located there, we returned to the Freighliner Service Center and found our coach back in it’s parking place.  We tried to avoid payment by claiming we were the winners of the daily “one free service visit” lottery but Pat at the service window didn’t fall for it, so we had to pay the bill.  Apparently someone earlier had won the lottery, or so Pat said.

We’ll stay here tonight then move about 20 miles down the interstate to Spartanburg,  SC where we’ll spend the next few days.  The weather is predicted to be great so we’ll take the cover off the Harley and head into the Smokies for some sightseeing.

More on that later . . .

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3 Responses to Cowpens and Chassis

  1. Glad you two had a great time making the visits. So sorry you had to pay the bill. We did too…LOL

  2. Deb Dominick says:

    Cowpens! Yep, I have heard of it. Fancy that. Did they have any explanation for the name? Does it have to do with herding animals, or something else? Today in 9th grade honors, we were talking about little known places in the national park system. I think that assembly lines sound fascinating, no matter what they are making. Did they use any robotics?

    My sympathies on the caramel macchiato. The Shrewsbury Starbucks has similar issues! Piece of advice for Pam– stay out of Seattle. Theirs was like slurping caramel from the bottle. It was unbelievably thick.

    And finally, I hope the blog continues when you get settled in for the winter. I am enjoying the tales.

    • placestheygo says:

      The cowpens area was an open field where the local farmers would bring their cattle to feed before sending them to market in Charleston.

      Not much in the way of robotics in the Freighliner plant. This is probably because there is little use of welding, like in an auto plant. The process is mainly assembling components (frame, engine, transmission, etc.) that are bolted together.

      Oh, the blogs will keep on coming during the winter, if for no other reason than to make people in the cold north jealous of people spending time in the warm south! We’re just glad to hear people are reading them.

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