Our mail came yesterday, and today will be our last day in Show Low. We have a few loose ends to wrap up today, like sending out the orders that came in yesterday’s mail, making a bank deposit, giving the motorhome a pre-trip inspection, and packing a few things away. We’re really in flux right now, we’ll probably go to Williams, Arizona for at least one night, and we’ll take it from there. This has been a very stressful and disappointing visit, and we just need to be away, wherever “away” is.
We didn’t do much yesterday. I answered e-mails in the morning, and in the afternoon we drove to Pinetop to say our goodbyes to my buddy Lyle Worman at Pinetop Sporting Goods, and Jim and Sharleen at the used book store. Sharleen wanted Miss Terry to look at the thermal windows they had installed at their house, because Terry used to run a commercial glass shop here, and Sharleen had some questions about the installation. While they were gone, Jim and I reminisced about the many, many years we’ve been friends. A lot of water has gone under that bridge!
We hung around the book store until closing time, and then Greg and Jan joined us, and we all adjourned to Red Devil Pizza for dinner. It was delicious, and the conversation was fun.
We said our goodbyes to Jim and Sharleen, and headed back to our motorhome at the Elks lodge campground. Coming into Show Low at dusk, we spotted a herd of elk grazing in a meadow alongside the highway. I was glad there was a fence separating them from us, because hitting one of those huge critters can really put a damper on your evening!
It had really cooled down, so the first order of business was to turn on our electric space heater and take the chill off. I had several e-mails waiting for me with feedback about my mystery novel, and I am very pleased with the overall response. Thank you all for taking the time to get back to me. Your input really helps me decide where to go with it from here.
I also had an e-mail from a soon-to-be fulltimer who had a lot of questions about ways to cut fuel costs and increase the mileage on his gas powered Allegro motorhome. He asked me about several ideas I’ve heard batted around for years, from over-inflating the RV’s tires (the idea being that the rounder the tires are, the easier they will roll, causing less resistance), to using nitrogen in his tires instead of air, to various chemicals that are supposed to increase fuel mileage. I referred him to my friend Roger Marble’s RV Tire Safety blog, which addresses the tire topic very well (basically, Roger’s advice is keep your tires properly inflated and drive sensibly.)
As for the snake oil salesmen that are always pushing the latest miracle elixir to improve fuel mileage, that’s exactly what you will get, snake oil. The very best thing you can do as an RVer is to accept the fact that you are not driving an economy vehicle. RVs do not get good fuel mileage. Most get poor fuel mileage. But it’s still better than most people’s houses get. The single best thing you can do to improve your RVs mileage is to slow down. It’s not a race folks, just enjoy the trip and let the rest of the world pass you by.
Thought For The Day – You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.