This is our last day in Gillette and I think we’re both ready to get the wheels rolling to someplace new. Not that Gillette is a bad place, it’s actually a nice little town, and all of the people we have met in the stores and restaurants have been very friendly. But hitch itch is setting in and it’s time for some new scenery.
Not that we have been doing much sightseeing since Escapade ended. Most of our time has been spent playing catch up because our business responsibilities don’t stop just because we’re working an RV rally. Terry has been busy filling orders and stuffing envelopes, I’ve been printing out mailing labels and trying to catch up on a huge backlog of e-mail. Even after I deleted all of the junk mail that made it past my spam filters and all of the forwards that I keep asking people not to send me, there were still well over 100 e-mails that I needed to deal with.
Some of them were pretty routine, like people asking if my Big Lake mysteries are available on Barnes & Noble for Nook (yes), and if we are going to the Winnebago Grand National Rally in Iowa (no), or the FMCA rally in Oregon (no). There were also quite a few from new RVers or wannabes asking my opinion about the best mail forwarding services (Escapees in Texas and Alternatives Resources or My Dakota Address in South Dakota), the best type of RV to buy (that depends on your needs, preferences and budget), and what campground memberships to buy (Passport America and possibly a used nationwide Thousand Trails).
There were also several offers to stop and visit folks if we get near their homes, which we always appreciate but seldom find ourselves able to accept because we’re not in their areas.
And then there are the ones that I would think were a joke if it weren’t for the fact that we get them fairly routinely. Two wanted to know if we could look at used RVs that they are considering purchasing, one in Texas and the other in Elkhart, Indiana. Another was from a lady who was hoping we could stop by her home in Spokane for a few days on our way to the coast and help her figure out the best way to liquidate her possessions before she goes on the road fulltime.
And a gentleman who has offered several times to pay us minimum wage and give us a free place to park next to his garage with 20 amp electric and water if we will help him convert his bus wrote again to remind us that we are going to pass right by his place in Montana and it’s a chance to make some money and not pay for camping costs. I think we’ll pass on that one, too. Miss Terry hung up her tool belt when we sold our MCI and bought our Winnebago diesel pusher.
There was also an e-mail from a couple who just wanted to vent. As they have for the last four summers that they have been on the road, they have returned to their old hometown to be near family and friends who miss them. And just as every summer, they find themselves running from one person’s house to another, but nobody ever comes to visit them. One relative complained that it was five miles from her house to the RV park where they stay. We’ve run into this ourselves, and my feeling is that if I drive a couple thousand miles to be there and you won’t drive four or five miles or whatever to see me, you really don’t want to and I don’t feel the need to return.
Okay, it’s time to close today’s blog. It looks like I have new e-mail coming in.
Thought For The Day – There is only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.