Busy As Bees

 Posted by at 12:54 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102016

Terry and I have been as busy as bees the last few days, and we’ve gotten a lot accomplished, but we still have more to do.

I’ve been working hard on my new Big Lake mystery novel, cranking out an average of 4000 words a day. I’m over two thirds done now and I’m looking forward to getting it finished. At the rate I’m going, I should have it out by the end of the month. I’m excited about that.

While I have been busy doing that, Terry has been just as busy purging, sorting through cabinets, throwing away things we don’t need any more, and setting other stuff aside to be donated to one of the local charity organizations. It’s amazing how much space she’s made already. If nothing else, we should get better fuel mileage with all the stuff we’re not going to be carrying around anymore. I wish I could lose weight that easily!

There is a rule among fulltimers that when something new comes into the RV, something else has to go out. I’ll admit we don’t always follow that rule, and I don’t really know any that stick to it. It seems like every year or so we sort through things and ask ourselves, “Do we really need this? How long has it been since we’ve used it? Have we ever used it?”

Some people say if you haven’t used something in a year, you don’t really need it so it’s time to pitch it. The problem with that is, every time I do that, a week later something comes up and whatever I just got rid of is exactly what I need. So I go buy a replacement and carry it around for a while. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle.

Sometime during the afternoon yesterday I walked down to the office to pick up our mail, and had a quick chat with a couple who are brand new fulltime RVers. In fact, this was their very first stop and they are absolutely loving it. The wife asked me if the feeling ever wears off. No, not really. We have been at it 17 years now and we’re still excited every time we pull into a new place, or an old favorite like here at Elkhart Campground.

Now, I will say that we are slowing down somewhat. For most of our time on the road we have been bouncing around the country from one RV rally to another, to Life on Wheels, and other places where we had obligations. In the last couple of years we’ve cut out about 90% of that, and we have really enjoyed a more relaxed schedule. And while we still like all those fun places, to be honest, the trip is not as much fun as it used to be. We are finding that we enjoy the being there a lot more than we enjoy the going there. And we like sitting still for a few weeks at a time rather than constantly being on the move. I wonder if eventually that happens to a lot of fulltimers.

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Thought For The Day – I’m never quite sure if it’s a warning or suggestion when the sticker on a prescription bottle says “Alcohol may intensify the effect of this medication.”

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  7 Responses to “Busy As Bees”

  1. We enjoy being in a place for at least a week and usually two weeks. Unless we are moving to an entirely new area (e.g., cross country,) we rarely stay less than a week. If a place is worth visiting, it’s usually worth at least a week.

    Hurry up and finish the new book! 😉

  2. I’ve talked to a couple of full-timers who no longer know where to go or what to do. They’ve done it for so long, they’ve lost the spirit of adventure and discovering new places. I hope that never happens to me!!

  3. I wish we had the luxury of staying a week or more at all our stops, but our travels are usually dictated by a ‘destination’ stop, whether that is a rally or a holiday with relatives, or to catch a cruse ship, we always seem to be regulated by where we are headed and when we need to get there by. This usually means the stops in between only get two or three (sometimes four) days for us to explore and experience.

    For example, we are currently in Rapid City for an extended stay (because this was a destination stop (doctor visits and such). But when we leave here we need to get to Winchester Bay for an Escapee mini-rang by the 24th of September. That means that the 11 stops before that get short-sheeted, so to speak.

    And then after that we need to get to LA to catch a boat to Chile for a 17 day re-positioning cruise by the 2nd of November. That means that the 7 stops before that only get 3-4 days each.

    And this goes on and on. At the end of December we have to be in Houston to catch a flight to Antigua. When we return we have to hang around southern Texas for a month or so waiting for our next grandchild to be born the first week of February.

    Once that blessed event comes to pass we have to high-tail it to Titusville, to our newly purchased RV site in The Great Outdoors, to store the rig for 6 weeks while we hop on a plane to New Zealand/Australia for an RV caravan tour.

    I shouldn’t be complaining, though. Live may be hectic, but it sure is FUN! 8^)

  4. I have never been much of a traveling full timer. Since I did not go full time til after 70 and I live alone, I much more enjoy 2-3 month stays since my neighbors are my family on the road and I find that I often cross paths with my wanderlust type friends just by staying in popular areas and working a few rallies.

  5. We spent nine years on the road. It got so we would generally spend a week at each stop to get the discounted rate. Then after 4 or 5 years we started to spend a month at each major location because it was even cheaper. We are on a fixed, small, income. The last couple of years got to the point that we couldn’t decide where we wanted to go for the summers. We spend the winters in Arizona. So this last January we broke down and bought a park model home with a casita in a 55+ park in Gold Canyon, Arizona. We are selling the motor home to help pay for the house and we are coming off the road. We have mixed feelings about this but we really like the park model. We can still take the car and go out for mini vacations if we get the wanderlust.

  6. Good Evening Nick,

    Long time reader, even met you once at the Large RV show in Tampa a couple of years ago. I have not been able to get on the road full time yet, We have been looking forward to full timing. I can’t imagine the Slow down you are going through, I am ready to roll My wife and I are always planning, places we want to go to, and it will be in 2018, we will be free to roam. Right now, we are taking short trips every couple of months. (work keeps getting in the way) I love driving my coach and tow our car behind it. Changing the subject a little, How do you folks who do a lot of roaming, plan what roads you take. I am always concerned, about the local area when I am driving on unfamiliar roads. I look at the maps on line, and things like that, but in the back of my mind, I worry that I have rig over 50′ with the car, and a lot of roads are small. I am planning on getting a truck/rv GPS, bur, How do most plan the roads on the trip with large rigs

    Thanks for any input

    Randy and Vanessa Radcliffe

  7. Randy, it’s been my experience that all US Highways will accommodate our 40 foot motorhome towing our SUV behind us. We also have a Rand McNally RV GPS, which keeps us off of roads we shouldn’t be on. Or at least is supposed to. So far, so good. Two good books I recommend are the Mountain Directory East and Mountain Directory West, which list all major climbs and descents in the country. Another good guide is any truckers road atlas. You can pick one up at any decent size truck stop.

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