Apr 082016

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, I’m in the process of arranging to get some tests here at the VA in Bradenton that my doctor back in Tucson wants me to have done. Yesterday morning started with a phone call from the Traveling Vet coordinator telling me they’ve set me up for the lab work next week, and now they’re working on scheduling the CT scan and other tests I need. Hopefully they can get it all done while we’re still in the area.

The other day Terry noticed that there was a screw or bolt or something sticking out of one of the rear tires on our Explorer, so once I was done with the VA I went to a nearby tire shop to see about getting it repaired. I told them I also needed an oil change. They said it would take a couple of hours, so I called John Huggins and asked if he would pick me up, and then bring me back later when the work was done.

Always willing to help somebody out, John was there in just a few minutes. And just about the time he got there, the shop manager came outside, looked at the tire, and told me it was too close to the sidewall to safely repair. I was worried about that because I’ve had the same situation before. The shop didn’t have the right replacement tire in stock and he said they would have to order it and it would be there today. So I’ll take it back over at noon.

Back at home, I spent some time writing and managed to do about 2,000 words before Chris Yust called to ask if we wanted to go to Coquina Beach. Hmm… let me think about that, stay home and work or go to the beach and look at pretty girls in skimpy bikinis. I had my shoes on and was out the door before our call disconnected.

It was a great day to be on the beach. The weather was perfect and the sky was gorgeous. And so were the girls! We walked along the surf line for a while picking up shells and enjoying ourselves. This was another nice beach, and there would have been room to fly our kites, since it wasn’t too busy. But we didn’t have them with us and there wasn’t much breeze anyway

We stopped at home long enough for a quick potty stop, then went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. There was a time when I ate beef three or four times a week, but over the years I’ve kind of lost my taste for it. I still enjoy a good steak or burger now and then, and our steaks last night were delicious, but I find myself eating a lot more chicken, pork and fish.

I get a lot of emails from people asking if it’s possible to make a living on the road without some kind of retirement income. Absolutely! We started fulltiming at age 46 and have made our living as we travel for the last 17 years. There are lots of ways to make money as you live the mobile lifestyle. Two good books that will give you lots of ideas and help are my own Work Your Way Across The USA, and John and Kathy Huggins’ So, You Want to be a Workamper?.

Another great resource for people who need to earn a living or supplement their income while RVing is Workamper News. Besides their excellent publication and website, the folks at Workamper also hold an annual Workamper Rendezvous that is invaluable to anyone who wants to work on the road. This year’s event is October 25 – 27 in Heber Springs, Arkansas and is well worth attending. Check it out, you won’t regret it.


Almost 200 people have already signed up for our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a biggie! John and Kathy Huggins have donated a 16GB USB3 flash drive with all of the shows of their wildly popular Living the RV Dream podcast and their Radio Days recordings, along with show notes. Over 360 hours of RVing tips, wisdom and interviews with industry experts. But wait, there’s more! Also included on the flash drive are .pdf files of their books So, you want to be an RVer?’, So, You Want to be a Workamper?, and How to Survive an RV Show, and Have a Great Time Doing It. All of this together is a $135 value. How cool is that? To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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.

Thought For the Day – The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

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Nick Russell

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