Jan 092015

How cold was it Wednesday night? So cold that I saw one dog pushing another to get it started and the local politicians had their hands in their own pockets. It was down to 21 degrees overnight and still darned cold all day yesterday.

I took advantage of the cold weather to stay at my desk all day long and get a lot of work done. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on my new book, Big Lake Burning, and hoping it’s not a train heading in my direction. Unless the power goes out or my fingers fall off, I should wrap it up today or Saturday. Then the proofing/editing process begins. While that’s happening, my cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, is working up a cover for it and I hope to get it in a few days. When I do I’ll give you a sneak preview.

With this book out of the way, it will be time to start working on the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, since we’ll be busy with the Tampa RV Super Show and then beginning our trip west and writing will come in short spurts while we’re slowly making our way to Tucson, Arizona for medical appointments at the VA hospital and then the Escapees Escapade RV rally.

And when that’s all over? It will be time to start working on a new book, what else?

We have some people inviting us to stop in and visit with them on our trip west, and I can’t make any promises. All too often when we make our annual trip from east to west or back we’re in a hurry to get there and usually do it in a week or less. But as we get older we’ve begun to slow down. This time around we’re allowing ourselves almost six weeks. Hopefully nothing will come up that will change that for us.

And with it being winter, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather. Usually we take Interstate 10 going west, which isn’t nearly as bad as most people believe, especially for those of us who have traveled Interstate 40 across northern Arizona and New Mexico, or Interstate 90 between Missoula, Montana and the Idaho state line. But since we’re going to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to see my son and his wife along the way, we’ll be exposing ourselves to some potentially nasty weather for at least part of our trip before we drop back down south for some stops in Texas along the way.

And if the weather does turn ugly? We’ll find someplace safe to get off the road and wait it out. We’ll be in our home wherever we are, so what does it matter?

So far we’ve received over 110 entries in this week’s Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a copy of John and Kathy HugginsSo, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  One Response to “I Hope It’s Not A Train”

  1. Nick I agree with you almost always. But this time I will argue the point of I-10 and part of it in Lousiana is just as bad as I-40. I will never hit the road again. Just like going thru Birmingham and Montgomery on I-65. Lets face it, this infrastructure is falling apart way to fast for all of us. Anyway, gives us a good excuse to go the better route anyway, on the 2 lanes and slowing down and truly seeing this magnificent country of ours.

    Safe travels you two, and above all, like we all do on the road, have fun!

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