We had planned to leave Arizona today, but the weatherman is predicting strong winds, with gusts over 40 miles per hour, so that’s not going to happen. We’ll extend our stay for one more day and head out on Wednesday. A one day delay won’t change our schedule, since we really don’t have much of a schedule right now.
Somebody said that’s the great thing about being retired, that we don’t have to rush anyplace. Actually, we are not retired, and we probably never will be. We just run our business from the road and we have structured it so that we have a lot of flexibility.
It hasn’t always been that way, but even when we were running back and forth across the country teaching for Life on Wheels, we would not travel in bad weather. And if conditions do deteriorate on us, we get off the road and pull into the nearest rest area, truck stop, or any parking lot large enough to safely park.
We’ve done it many times, and seen RVers still out there flying down the road at 65 or 70 miles an hour. Why? Where do they have to be that they are willing to risk their rigs and their lives to get there? Even if they are not fulltimers and have jobs to get back to, it’s crazy. I’d rather lose a day’s pay than my life, or someone else’s!
Most fulltime RVers pay close attention to the weather and have weather radios. If you don’t have one of these relatively inexpensive units, get one. They can be a lifesaver. Two good units are the Ambient Weather WR-111, which is a digital AM/FM NOAA weather alert radio and a built-in LED flashlight, and smart phone charger, all in one portable package.
Another good unit is the Midland HH50 pocket weather radio, and they are cheap enough to keep one in the RV and one in your tow vehicle.
We also have a Cobra 75WXST 40-channel CB radio with weather channels.
On that topic, I came across an interesting e-book on Amazon titled Are You Radio Prepared? that explains how to use emergency radios, in plain language, in a step-by-step format. It’s good reading for anybody who lives in or travels through parts of the country where weather emergencies can happen.
Thanks for all of the tips and suggestions on places to visit as we make our way from here to Gillette, Wyoming for Escapade and then out to the Pacific Northwest. We won’t have time to get to all of them, because it would take several seasons, but you have given us some good ideas.
The suggestion was made to go west from Gillette through Yellowstone National Park and into Montana via US Highways 14 and 191. We’ve never been in that part of the West, and I’m not sure what it would be like driving a 40 foot diesel pusher towing a vehicle behind us. Any input from those of you who have been is welcome.
Thought For The Day – Guns only have two enemies, rust and politicians.