Now that we know the results of my MRI and other medical tests, our business is finished here in Arizona and it’s time to scratch our hitch itch. And not a moment too soon. I think there are a lot of snowbirds who came here to be warm and who are so tired of shivering that they are about ready to run me out of the state on a rail. And I’ve heard rumors that there was even talk of tar and feathers!
We’re headed east to visit my son and his wife in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The shortest route is to go to Texas and take Interstate 20 east, but I think we’re going to take a more southern route and follow Interstate 10 across Texas and Louisiana instead. When we get to Slidell, we will take Interstate 59 north into Tuscaloosa. It adds about 150 miles to the trip, but hopefully it will be warmer.
Yes, I know, parts of Interstate10 across Louisiana are rough as a cob. But so is Interstate 40 across northern Arizona and New Mexico, as well as in parts of Arkansas. And the Indiana Toll Road and Interstate 86 across southern New York will shake the fillings right out of your teeth. We will just slow down a little bit and enjoy the ride.
This won’t be a real fast trip. There was a time when 450 and 500 mile days were nothing to us, and even now, if the road is good and the ride is smooth, we’ll push it a bit. But we’re just as happy with a 300 mile day.
We do have a commitment in Sabinel, Texas, to meet with my author friend Billy Kring, who writes the excellent Hunter Kincaid mystery series, and we may make a quick overnight stop at the Escapees Lone Star Corral co-op in Hondo. Then we’ll spend a couple of nights at the Thousand Trails Colorado River preserve in Columbus, Texas.
We will probably spend a week or so in Tuscaloosa with Travis and his wife Geli, and then we want to go down to the Escapees Rainbow Plantation co-op for a few days. And from there it will be on to the Escapees Sumter Oaks RV park in Bushnell, Florida so we can establish our Florida residency.
Like many fulltime RVers, we are switching our legal domicile from South Dakota to Florida for a variety of reasons that we have discussed before. If and when we ever hang up the keys, it will be in Florida. So we want to get our residency set up, I plan to switch my healthcare to one of the Florida VA hospitals, Terry needs to get a relationship going with a doctor there, and we plan to spend some time looking for wherever our retirement home might be. At this point we don’t foresee getting off the road, but we realize the time comes for everybody, and we want to be prepared.
Congratulations Melissa Heiser, winner of our drawing for the time travel historical romance audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. We had 91 entries this time around. Stay tuned, another contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”