Last week when I outlined our plans to get off Interstate 20 in Texas and to bypass El Paso on a series of U.S. and state highways, I found myself in an e-mail exchange with a blog reader who said he plans to be going fulltime sometime in the next two years. I really hope he doesn’t, because I fear he’s going to be miserable.
His first e-mail was to warn us not to take the intended route because we’d find ourselves passing through a couple of small towns where we’d be at the mercy of the local cops, who always prey on out of state motorists. Then we’d find ourselves out in the middle of nowhere, and what would happen if we broke down with out of range of cell phone towers? We could be stranded. And what if one of us had a medical emergency while we were out there in the middle of nowhere?
I assured him that I wasn’t afraid of small town cops and that we’d never had a problem like that, and that our Winnebago is very reliable and we pay attention to routine maintenance. But even if we did break down, we had plenty of water on board, a full tank of fuel to power our generator, and enough food to live for a week. Or, we could just unhook our Explorer and drive it to where we could get a cell phone signal to call CoachNet, our roadside service company. And if we had a medical emergency, we’d seek help the same way.
That didn’t give him any comfort, and he replied that we were foolish not to stick to the interstate and to go off “willy nilly” on some unknown route we had not thoroughly researched. “You people take off and drive all the way across the country with less planning than I do when I go to visit my brother, who only lives a hundred miles away,” he added, “It’s a recipe for disaster!”
Some people are not cut out for the RV lifestyle, and I really think this gentleman is one of them. He’s too busy living in fear to really live.
Yes, we might get a ticket in some small town. But they write tickets in big cities, too. And yes, even though we don’t anticipate mechanical problems, we know they do happen and we’re prepared to deal with them. As for medical emergencies, should we spend our lives camped in a parking lot next to a hospital emergency room, just in case?
We are not daredevils, but we believe in enjoying our lives, not fretting our days away worrying about what could happen. None of us are getting out of here alive anyway, so we might as well make the most of the time we have.
Thought For The Day – Before you start anything, learn how to finish it.