Monday, May 15, 2017
We stopped just shy of Amarillo around 6pm local. The wind was getting crazy, even for me, and the clouds darker. I had scoped the Oasis RV park already from the Good Sam directory. Once checked in at an affordable-ish $34, I checked and we had just beat a nasty looking storm just back to the west of us.
This park is newer, and is nice. Everything just works. Mom and I both hit the bath house for long hot showers. Bosley didn't come out for a long time, probably because the wind was rocking the RV even with the jack's down.
We are less than 650 miles from our first stop to visit family. So far so good. The wind has died down so I'm thinking with a bit earlier start tomorrow we shouldn't have any issues.
The driving was easier for me, even though it was windy again. I think the wind is just something I need to deal with driving this time of year. We left around 9am Arizona time and rolled into to park in Albuquerque around 4pm local or 3 Arizona time.
Other than a minor mishap with Mom's coffeemaker this morning we are doing fine. It is 9am local and we have just finished breakfast and my ibuprophen and caffeine are kicking in. All our neighbors have already left, but I'm not in a huge hurry. I am out of propane so we will get that on the way out.
Goal is at least Amarillo, and maybe further. There is a rest area we may stop and see what our options are if we get past Amarillo. If I'm too trashed we will get another campground. Otherwise we will stay at the rest area.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tomorrow morning Mom and I leave for a couple of week trip 'back East' in the motorhome. General plan is here to Albuquerque, staying in the same park I was in before for the first night, to Amarillo to Oklahoma City to north of Kansas City. Stay there a couple of days with family. On to Favorite Neighbor's place in MN and stay there a couple of days. Back to family for Memorial day weekend then reverse the process home. This is written in pencil, after the first night.
I have disconnected the sewer hose that had to be snaked around under the RV to the further back corner. That was... Interesting. I have washed the outside of the windshield and got some of the bugs off the front of the rig. Mom has brought most of her stuff over, including a lot of food for us to eat on the trip. I still have to stow a few things of mine to reduce clutter. Tomorrow morning I start the checklist and we leave hopefully around 10.
What to take, what to put back in storage, leaving the cars here as I don't have a tow dolly yet or the confidence to pull it. However as I remember, there are stores back East, and some have large enough parking lots for me to get the motorhome in and out with few issues.
If you are on I-40 this week, watch out for the crazy Class A driver with a worried looking navigator and wild eyed cat barreling down the road.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As a friend said the other day, it is difficult to know what to call my spot in Mesa now as I have 'home' with me when I travel. I am now back in Mesa for this week. I will travel up to Payson next week where I'll spend most of the summer. Since my storage unit is up there I have no reason to not work on clearing it out.
The drive home was not as easy as the drive over to Albuquerque. I fought hard wind most of the way. I get some grief from other full timers for having a schedule to get from point A to point B. I did the drive in one go as that is how I tend to drive. The wind will be a consideration for me from now on, though. I had one hard stop that was a wake-up call to not trust stuff to stay in place on the floor. I'm reconsidering my kitchen stuff now.
Mom is doing great and says she will drive me back to get my car when I move next week. I will drive her car back here and then follow her back to Payson. If there is any issue we will at least be together. A month ago she needed a walker to get to the bathroom. That ER Physician's Assistant saved her life. Also a note to me to take my own thryoid medicine, it really is a necessary thing.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Worth the $6 anyway. We came back to the park and ate at the picnic table between our rigs. It would have been better immediately as it would have been hot. This being NM it was served with the green chilies.
On the way back we drove through the Flying J so I know where the RV pumps are. It will be my first time getting gas by myself, as I got here on 3/4 of the tank I got earlier when Jim taught me to drive this rig.
Tomorrow is fix the front grill ( I foresee plastic wire ties...) and clean the windshield. I'm pondering whether to drive straight back or stop somewhere. It is hot in the valley, but I want to get back to the car. Getting a tow dolly is higher on the list now having spent the week without transportation. I may stay the night at the Walmart in Payson, but probably not.
FZ's husband got back and looked up a place to go get some burgers. It turned out to be a food truck. The buns look like saucers, and there is an entire salad on top of the meat. Cars kept driving in while we waited. I think it will be good. I'm tired of eating healthy. The cost was $6. I'll update once I get it.