Jan 112016

Now that we know the results of my MRI and other medical tests, our business is finished here in Arizona and it’s time to scratch our hitch itch. And not a moment too soon. I think there are a lot of snowbirds who came here to be warm and who are so tired of shivering that they are about ready to run me out of the state on a rail. And I’ve heard rumors that there was even talk of tar and feathers!

We’re headed east to visit my son and his wife in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The shortest route is to go to Texas and take Interstate 20 east, but I think we’re going to take a more southern route and follow Interstate 10 across Texas and Louisiana instead. When we get to Slidell, we will take Interstate 59 north into Tuscaloosa. It adds about 150 miles to the trip, but hopefully it will be warmer.

Yes, I know, parts of Interstate10 across Louisiana are rough as a cob. But so is Interstate 40 across northern Arizona and New Mexico, as well as in parts of Arkansas. And the Indiana Toll Road and Interstate 86 across southern New York will shake the fillings right out of your teeth. We will just slow down a little bit and enjoy the ride.

This won’t be a real fast trip. There was a time when 450 and 500 mile days were nothing to us, and even now, if the road is good and the ride is smooth, we’ll push it a bit. But we’re just as happy with a 300 mile day.

We do have a commitment in Sabinel, Texas, to meet with my author friend Billy Kring, who writes the excellent Hunter Kincaid mystery series, and we may make a quick overnight stop at the Escapees Lone Star Corral co-op in Hondo. Then we’ll spend a couple of nights at the Thousand Trails Colorado River preserve in Columbus, Texas.

We will probably spend a week or so in Tuscaloosa with Travis and his wife Geli, and then we want to go down to the Escapees Rainbow Plantation co-op for a few days. And from there it will be on to the Escapees Sumter Oaks RV park in Bushnell, Florida so we can establish our Florida residency.

Like many fulltime RVers, we are switching our legal domicile from South Dakota to Florida for a variety of reasons that we have discussed before. If and when we ever hang up the keys, it will be in Florida. So we want to get our residency set up, I plan to switch my healthcare to one of the Florida VA hospitals, Terry needs to get a relationship going with a doctor there, and we plan to spend some time looking for wherever our retirement home might be. At this point we don’t foresee getting off the road, but we realize the time comes for everybody, and we want to be prepared.

Congratulations Melissa Heiser, winner of our drawing for the time travel historical romance audiobook of Highland Passage by J.L Jarvis. We had 91 entries this time around. Stay tuned, another contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”

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  10 Responses to “Scratching Our Hitch Itch”

  1. When you get to Sabinel, go to the Dairy Queen and check out the pictures of the snakes on the wall.

  2. We are at Sumter Oaks right now. The park is full. Call ahead for reservations when you know when you will arrive here.

  3. Where can we read more about your decision to move your residency to Florida (I read your blog every day, but I don’t remember any specific analysis laid out by you about this choice)? We moved from SD to TX for a couple of years due to health insurance issues. But now that we are both medicare age we plan to move back to SD this spring. But, we also just purchased an RV lot in The Great Outdoors in Titusville, so choosing Florida is an option. What would you say was your main motivation to move your domicile to Florida? We know we plan on staying out here on the road for at least another 5 years, so this decision is strictly for domicile reasons, not physical location.

    — jc&bev

  4. I think it is getting warmer already, please tell me your 300 miles will get you clear of Arizona. I hope the poor people of Alabama are prepared.

  5. You’re thinking of coming to Florida the other day somehow triggered a tornado on the West Coast Side
    Up in the panhandle were thinking of putting a force field up so that it will block the entrance so YOUR RV can’t get through And it will divert you north and was there not enough money in the go fun me from the Florida participants if not we’re going to ask for a Full refund with interest
    I probably touched bases with you on this before
    But Medicare health plans providers of part a and part B are listed by county which you can get A book of all listings at Medicare.Org ( social security administration office )it will list PPO and HMO and participants providers
    Seeing how as you’re still traveling you might want to look into providers that have that coverage in the other states or you just use your original Medicare card The only disadvantage is sometimes the deductibles are a lot higher
    I know you’re covered under VA I do know that in Vieira Orlando and Tampa have large VA hospitals i’m sorry but I can’t tell you anything about the VA administration hospitals in Florida all I know is that in some cases the spouse of a VA User is covered under his or her policy (next time I get in a discussion with my neighbor I’ll ask him he’s a vet and his wife volunteers there as well)
    As Bob Barker would say on price is right,,,come on down,,, but got to remember one thing he wasn’t looking at you,,, but misTerry is always welcome

  6. JC and Bev, Health insurance is a major deciding factor for us. It’s getting harder and harder for fulltimers in SD to get health insurance. Another factor is the rising cost of RV registration in SD. It’s no longer that good of a deal. Even with RV/car insurance being somewhat higher in FL, the numbers still come out better for FL overall. And we go to Florida very year. It just makes sense for us.

  7. Gainesville VA has been very good to us. Also is connected to the teaching hospital at UF (Gators) in Gainesville. Good access from Sumter Oaks.
    Bay Pines in St. Petersburg is good from reports from 4 family members. KOA right across the street.
    Lots of VA clinics around the state, just getting in can sometimes be a problem. Pick one and try various ones until you find your compatibility point.

  8. wow depending one when you make it to Lone Star Corral we may once again miss seeing you we won’t be back to the park until the 18th then Mike has surgery for a bladder tumor on the 19th, So we will miss you again. Take care and safe travels. One day we will meet again

  9. As someone who will be crossing the CA/AZ border (eastward) at about noon today, all I can say is:



  10. I was on the committee collecting the feathers. Stop by my house on your way out of Arizona, and I’ll give them to you to take to the folks in Florida.

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