We ended up switching things up so I am still in Wisconsin. Marc got off with the little rig on Wednesday and is already approaching Amarillo with his marathon driving abilities. He’s staying in truck stops, freezing to death, and having minor mechanical problems with the old Dodge—so what else is new? At least he hasn’t suffered any blow-outs as yet! He will be flying back on the 17th and we hope to leave with the park model by the 22nd if weather permits.
I wanted to comment that I lost my Uncle yesterday, due to lung cancer. He had been ill but undiagnosed for a long time until just the past couple weeks and at that point it was too late to effectively do anything beyond sending him home with Hospice care. I mourn the loss for myself and for his large family; he was one of the really decent ones and will be greatly missed. In addition to that, we’ve been dealing with a bad fall that my mother took about two weeks ago. Thankfully, she had no major injuries as a result but she has looked as though she went ten rounds with a champion boxer and her arm movement is quite impaired. She has had help and feels as though she is improving but it gives me added impetus to get west to be able to see her next spring.
I’m bracing for much more snow coming up and then very jarring minus temperatures to follow so I am housebound for the time being until Marc’s return. Then hopefully, no more glitches and we can be off in a nicer weather window. Christmas will be on the road if all goes well but if the bad weather continues it will be a nightmare of trying to keep power and heat to the park model if we find no open RV parks.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Plans are for us to try and leave Monday in between snow flurries since a major snow storm is being called for next week. We’d like to be into MO or OK by then since even there, it will still be cold. The park model has very little insulation and the water tank is exposed so it will be dicey if temps fall below freezing on our nightly stays.
I make one more shopping trip tomorrow to stock the fridge for travel and to turn in our cable modem which ends our internet. I already got some of the important items though: New Glarus (only sold in WI) Spotted Cow beer for my daughter and enough Wisconsin cheese to last for a little while and to share with Yuma neighbors. Gosh, we’ll sure be missing that stuff!Marc has had some work done on the Freightliner and built his oakie camper shell to haul his tools on his Dodge. He also bought and installed new tires for my trailer on a “burr” 23 degree wind-chill day. He used the opportunity to grease the wheel bearings which hadn’t been done in a long time. The interior is minimally stocked with everything excepting food for his trip south with it towards the end of December. He flies back here on the 17th to get his Dodge packed and things closed up so it will be a very hectic month for him.
I almost hate to go; it’s like starting a new chapter in our book of life, not knowing how it will traverse and meander.