Most of yesterday was spent getting ready for our trip to Massachusetts, which begins today. When your house has wheels under it and you’ve been sitting still for a few weeks, things have to be put away, secured so they don’t move around while in transit, and tidied up.
Okay, let’s be honest, most of the tidying up involves my desk and my work area. My beautiful wife is too polite to call me a slob, but that’s the truth. I tend to have a dozen or more little slips of paper littering my desktop, upon which I have scribbled notes to call somebody or send them an e-mail about something, ideas for one of my books, phone numbers that I never have a name to go with so I wouldn’t know who I was calling anyhow, and such.
Along with those scraps of paper, I also have a couple of ink pens, my reading glasses, napkins (“hey, I may be a slob, but I do wipe my face when I’m eating!”), and whatever else I’ve allowed to pile up. I know it drives Miss Terry nuts, but what can I say? I am what I am. I always put my dirty clothes in the laundry basket, I hang my towel up after showering, I wash out the sink after brushing my teeth, and I stack my dirty dishes in the sink. But my desk is a disgrace; a guy has to have someplace where he can spread out!
Terry got most of the things stored away that could be done, rotated the driver’s and passenger seats forward from their in–campground position; turned into the living room to provide visitor seating, and got as much as she could done so we would have less to deal with this morning.
We also changed our primary and secondary water filters, and filled our freshwater tank, since we will probably be boondocking for the next three or four nights. The water here in Elkhart has a heavy mineral content, and when you’ve been here a while you start to notice orange stains in your sinks and the toilet. We always try to have fresh water filters in when we arrive, and replace them when it’s time to leave. Several places in the country are like this; out in Yuma, Arizona, they actually have water stations all over town where you can pull in and fill water jugs so you don’t have to drink or cook with the hard water there.
Besides all that, Terry also found time to make four delicious loaves of her oat and flax bread, which she shared with one of our neighbors here the campground, our friends Tom and Diane, and Al Hesselbart from the RV Museum. Terry loves to bake, and everything she turns out is fabulous, but unless we have someone to share the largess with, I ask her not to indulge her culinary talents too often. I have absolutely no willpower, and it all tastes so good, which is just not a good combination. If I ate everything she wanted to make, I’d never be able to fit through the door of our Winnebago.
After the chores were done and the loaves of bread distributed, we met Al Hesselbart for dinner and had a nice visit while we ate. Al is going to present several of his RV history seminars at our Ohio rally. Back at the campground, Tom and Diane came over for a visit, and brought ice cream. Not just a little bit of ice cream, but four half-pints of hand packed deliciousness from Culver’s! We still may have to enlarge the door of the motorhome before it’s all said and done. 🙂
We plan to drive about 350 miles today, to the Elks Lodge in Erie, Pennsylvania. They allow overnight RV parking in a designated area of their parking lot, and it’s convenient to the interstate to get on and off. It’s going to be good to be back on the road again, that old hitch itch needs scratching.
Thought For The Day – Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear – Mark Twain