And Away We Go!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 102017

Unless something catastrophic and totally unexpected happens overnight, we will be on the road this morning, headed west. We still have to move the food from the refrigerator in the house to one in the motorhome, I have to unhook my computer and take it out to the RV, and then we are off like a herd of turtles.

I have been keeping a close eye on the Winnebago’s house battery bank, and after charging them with my three-stage smart charger the batteries have maintained very well even on the limited 20 amp electric we are plugged into here at the house.

Yesterday we got everything else loaded into the RV, then had a long meeting with our accountant to discuss how the change in our status from working fulltime RVers to working part-timers will affect our taxes and how to best structure things in the future. This lady is really sharp and pointed out a whole bunch of money we had left on the table that we can take advantage of in the form of deductions.

With that out of the way, we made a stop at the post office, and pulling in there was only one other car in the parking lot. I thought I would be in and out quickly, but I was wrong. It’s a small town post office and there was only one clerk, who was dealing with a young lady at the counter. Whatever she was mailing cost $1.60 and she handed him a dollar bill and then pulled out a big handful of change and spent a lot of time trying to figure out which coins came out to 60 cents. A lot of time. It’s amazing how many people can’t count anymore. Before I knew it there were two or three people in line behind me, and finally the clerk gave up on the customer every figuring things out on her own and just took two quarters and a dime from her pile and handed a receipt to her.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen something like that. We were in a grocery store a few years ago when the power went out and the cashiers had to figure out how to count change. Talk about a circus!

With that done we stopped at home long enough to drop off the paperwork from the accountant, then went to Beef O’Brady’s for a final dinner with our buddy Jim Lewis. We are going to miss Jim while we are gone, but it will be nice knowing he will be here to check on the house and keep an eye on things in our absence.

I’m not sure where we will end up this evening. It depends on how long it takes us to get the wheels rolling, what our first day on the road will be like after so long, and how we feel. In the past, when we were chasing rallies and speaking gigs, it wasn’t uncommon for us to do 450 and 500 mile days. Now we are not so rushed. At the same time, we’ve never been the type to unhook all of our campground connections, drive 200 miles and stop, set the motorhome up in a new campground, and watch TV or something until we take off the next day. So we will just take it as it comes, and stop whenever we feel like it, or if we see something along the way we want to check out.

In closing, I want to express my condolences to my nephews Steve, Lou, Harold, and Jack, as well as the rest of my family in St. Petersburg, Florida on the loss of my niece Cheryl yesterday evening. Cheryl was a sweet, funny woman who never met a stranger and was loved by everyone who knew her. Rest in peace, sweet lady. You are missed already.

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  7 Responses to “And Away We Go!”

  1. Sorry for the loss of your niece. It’s never easy when loved ones leave our lives. Wishing you both safe travels now that you’re officially part-timers! We’ll be taking on that label in the fall, and I’ll be watching to see what hurdles you encounter since we’ll likely face similar ones. It’s been over 14 years since I had to decide what to take with me. Everything was always with me because there was nowhere else it could be!

  2. You are now “travelers” instead of full-timers and I see more boondocking in your future. Safe travels Nick.

  3. Now that explains whywhy Friday and this Saturday I’m going to be rain free
    But regardless enjoy your trip

  4. We’re sorry for you loss, Nick.
    Coins. I’m fine with Euros. Croatian Kunas have me in the same boat as that woman ahead of you in line, though.

  5. We’re going to have to get you a new T-shirt with a new name on it,,the new name could be,,
    the reluctant gypsies
    Seeing as how you took all the food out of the refrigerator. I hope you left the key to the boat so Jim and I can go fishing and he won’t starve
    But then again without Miss Terry’s cooking in your absence we will have old Jim down to an ideal weight,, which might require boat fishing three days a week

  6. Enjoy

  7. My condolences to you on the loss of your niece.

    I know what you mean about people not being able to count change. In the same vein, most clerks do not know how to count change going back! I wonder where we’ll be when NO ONE knows how to count. Yikes.

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