Still Going Strong

 Posted by at 2:07 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 202013

Thank you all for your e-mail and messages of support. I’m not overly worried about the skin cancer thing at this point; it is what it is. The folks at the V.A. have always taken very good care of me. My only concern is that cancer has claimed several members of my family, including my father and one sister, so I don’t plan to ignore it, and hope to get it taken care of sooner, rather than later.

I plan to keep right on plugging along like our faithful Ford Explorer, for a long, long time. On our way home from taking my cousin Beverly to dinner last night the Explorer turned over 100,000 miles and is still going strong. And that doesn’t account another 40,000 or so miles that we’ve towed it behind our motorhome. I can remember the days when a vehicle with 100,000 miles on the odometer was worn out and ready for the scrapheap. I hope to get another 100K out of the Explorer before we’re done.

100000 miles

We delighted in sleeping in yesterday, and after our usual morning routine of checking e-mail and blogs, I spent some time working on my next book, which will be titled Big Lake Scandal. It’s nice to be back in the fiction mode again. Once we’re settled in at Santa Fe RV Park in Apache Junction, Miss Terry will be busy helping her mother prepare for the family Christmas dinner for the next few days and I hope to get a lot more done.

Living in an RV where space is limited, I don’t have any convenient way to display all of my books together. It’s nice to see all of my book covers in one place.

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Bad Nick was also busy yesterday, posting a new Bad Nick blog titled Was Phil Wrong? that weighs in on the current debate about Arts & Entertainment network suspending Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty TV show over comments he made in an interview with GQ. Check it out and leave a comment.

Have you signed up for this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook version of my friend Judy Howard’s COAST TO COAST WITH A CAT AND A GHOST .   I’ve read it, and this is a very moving book. All you have to do is click this Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section below. Only one entry per person per drawing please! The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.

We’re supposed to have wind and rain today, but hopefully it won’t be too bad since we’re heading back to Apache Junction this morning. It’s only about 120 miles and we’re taking the slow paced two lane route through Florence instead of the busier Interstate 10, so we’ll be fine.

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And finally, for those who have asked, yes, we still plan to be at the Escapees Club Escapade rally in Goshen, Indiana in May, where I will be a featured speaker and will be presenting several seminars. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody there!

Thought For The Day – Blowing out somebody else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.

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  5 Responses to “Still Going Strong”

  1. Our ’93 Explorer had 225,000 miles on the clock when we sold it in ’08 and moved back to the mainland to RV full time. Batteries (2) & a clutch were about all the major repairs.

    Our ’08 Focus with 53k on the odo + 57k behind the coach is also going strong.

  2. We have 115,000 on our Saturn Vue and just a few less on the MH the car is an 04 we should get at least that many more on the darn thing. As long as you take care of them and do all the minor things as oil changes and tune up when do the should last,

  3. Wow Nick I knew you had written a lot but I had no idea how prolific you are! I see several I need to order. The Highway History books look very interesting to me.

  4. I have a friend that has put over 250,000 miles on two Suburbans. If you take care of maintenance it shouldn’t be a problem. Yes, I am aware of the differences, but in this day and age it doesn’t make any difference who built the car.

    Keep on top of the cancer. The different cures are remarkable and are tailored to the patient today. I and my wife have been there done that.


  5. My son-in-law has a chevie surburban with 140,000 miles on it it’s still going strong I also had a suburban with 145,000. great vehicles. Mybrother in law has a chevie s100 with 200,000 miles its a little rough but runs Okay

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