A few days ago I wrote a blog about some of the strange, even silly, questions people ask us. A couple of people were skeptical and asked if I made those up, while quite a few more wrote to share some of the strange questions and requests they have gotten over the years. The one I really liked was from a fulltime RVer who has volunteered as a camp host at state parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds. He said a lady stopped him as he was making his rounds of the campground and told him that the toilet wouldn’t flush and it was backed up and disgusting. He had to explain to her that it was an outhouse, and they don’t flush!
I got a request yesterday that would’ve fit right in with the theme of that blog. A couple wrote to tell me that our Ohio rally conflicted with their niece’s wedding and requested that we change the date until two weeks later in September so they can attend both events. I replied and told them that wasn’t possible, and they responded and asked how hard it could be? “The fairgrounds isn’t going anywhere,” they said, “it will still be there two weeks later!” I wonder if maybe their niece should change her wedding date to accommodate us? And the crazy thing is, this isn’t the first time someone has asked us to reschedule a rally on short notice. I guess inconveniencing the other couple of hundred people coming don’t count, right?
Speaking of the rally, I updated the schedule yesterday and it’s on the Rally Registration Page. Check it out, I think you’ll see that we have got a lot of fun and interesting seminars lined up. I hope you’ll join us in Celina.
A number of people have invited us to stop and see them on our way to or from Massachusetts, or to come by and visit while we are in that part of the country. We appreciate all of the invitations, and we’ll do what we can, but I’m not making any promises. I have been working hard to arrange a schedule of places to visit to gather stories for upcoming issues of the Gypsy Journal while we’re in New England, so we’ll have to see what we can work out with folks while we’re there. Terry needs to talk to her doctor in Michigan about her annual oncology visit before we know exactly what our travel schedule will be.
I’m looking at routes from Indiana across New York to the Cape Cod area in Massachusetts. My Streets & Trips program routes me on Interstate 90 through Buffalo and Syracuse. Interstate 86 looks like an alternative and is about 50 miles shorter, but it looks pretty curvy on the map. We will be in a 40 foot diesel pusher and not stopping to play tourist along the way. Any advice?
We had some errands to run yesterday morning, and I spent much of the day writing. I had some things I wasn’t happy with in my current Big Lake book, so I went back and made some changes, and knocked out another 2,500 words or so by the end of the day.
A little after 6 PM we went to dinner with Tom Owen and Diane Rojewski, introducing them to King Wha, our favorite Chinese restaurant in the country. We had a good time discussing RVing, travel, and life in general. Back at Elkhart Campground we took a tour of their truck camper, and were really impressed. It’s mounted on a Ford F-550, and we couldn’t believe the space inside. It even has a slide-out. Tom said that while they were shopping for the camper, they saw many of them with two and even three slide-outs. That’s pretty cool! With the four of us inside the camper, it was like many of the smaller Class C motorhomes I’ve been in over the years. I told Terry that it would be the perfect rig to take to Alaska.
In response to a blog I wrote the other day about taking a cruise, somebody asked me why we want to do that when we have the entire country to explore in our motorhome. Hey, just because our life seems like a permanent vacation, it doesn’t mean we don’t want to take a vacation from it once in a while!
Thought For The Day – Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.