Today’s Gonna Suck

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282011

Yep, today’s gonna suck, no question about it. It’s going to suck big time.

I know, because we are in Celina, Ohio and the overnight low was 33 degrees. That’s abut 50 degrees below my preferred temperature range. And, I have to get up about 6 a.m. so I can dump and flush our black water tank, unhook our utilities, and be at Cruising America RV Service by 8 a.m. so they can replace our black water valve. This was supposed to be done a month ago when we were here for our Ohio rally, but the mechanic just replaced the cable that ran from the T- handle to the valve. So we’re back, and today they are going to do it right. I sure hope so, because having to get up so early detracts from my usual bubbly, cheerful self. 🙁

Winter is definitely on its way to the upper Midwest. We left Elkhart Campground about 11:30 yesterday morning, and ran under heavy clouds and periods of rain all the way to Celina. It was cold and nasty when we left Elkhart, and cold and nasty when we got here to the fairgrounds about 2:30.
The place sure looks empty, compared to when we had over 100 RVs here for our rally last month. Even Butch, the campground host, had left for Florida earlier in the day.

Once we got parked and hooked up, we checked our e-mail and I replied to the most pressing of them. I talked to Steve, the fairgrounds manager, and confirmed the dates for next year’s rally, which will be September 3 to 7th. Hopefully, the weather will be better than what we had this year.That comes right on the heels of the Labor Day weekend, which may be a problem for some folks. But there was no good date that really worked. The week before is the FMCA rally in Indianapolis, and the middle of the September is the Escapees rally in Sedalia, Missouri, so we’re sort of sandwiched in between the two.

With that done, we drove over to Cruising America to confirm today’s appointment, then stopped at China Wok, our favorite local Chinese buffet. While we were eating, the sun came out, and by the time we had finished the clouds had disappeared and the sky was blue.

We had a quiet night at home, watching television, and cruising the internet on a very slow connection. Even though we have full bars of 3G service on our Verizon air card, it was very hard to get online, and opening any website was a crapshoot as to whether we’d get there or not. There is no 4G service at all here in Celina, this being such a small town.

Depending on what time they get done with our repairs today, we may drive as far as the Escapees Raccoon Valley campground just north of Knoxville. Or, if the repairs take longer than expected, we’ll look at other options. We could stop at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where we have stayed many times in the past, or we may just spend another night here at the fairgrounds. Like all fulltime RVers, our plans are set in Jello, and we’ll shake it up as need be.

But one thing is for certain – I will be in Florida by this time next week! 🙂

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  5 Responses to “Today’s Gonna Suck”

  1. I am with you on getting up early. I can just barely do it when I must and I don’t do it well! One friend tells everyone, in my presence, that I am just not the typical RVer as I stay up until 2 or 3 am and get up around 11am BUT I’ve never kept them waiting no matter how early. I told her that alarm clocks have worked for me for years. You are correct — those days SUCK!

  2. I have to agree early morning do suck. Even here in Hondo we are having cold weather and of all mornings for me to be nice to Mike and let him sleep, I walked Charlie. It is 50 but with the wind chill it is in the low 40’s. We are in for cold spell the next few days. At least we won’t get the white stuff. Be safe and stay warm.

  3. Lately my body has been trying tp pretend it’s normal and go to bed nights and get up mornings! What’s up with that? It must be because we are on the road without an RV and the motels stop offering their free breakfasts usually by 9 am. I think my body is afraid it won’t get fed if it sleeps a ” normal” night. 🙂

  4. Oh Mr. Nick, I envy your next few months though! My husband and I are doing our first camper-living winter in Alaska. I’ve done Alaskan winters before, but not in a camper! I wish you hot, sunny days!

  5. we have 7 inches of snow and no electricity since 3:45 today. Headed to Florida after Christmas.
    Hope you missed the snow.

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