Get Off The Road!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142018

It looks like we’re in for some more bad weather this weekend, with the possibility of severe storms and very strong winds on Sunday. No problem, we don’t have anywhere we have to be. The larder is stocked, I’ve got a book almost finished that Miss Terry can proof and edit, and she’s got lots of work to do on her newest weaving project. It’s all good.

Speaking of bad weather, one of our friends and her husband got caught in very high winds coming across southern New Mexico and into Arizona the other day. Living in Arizona before we became fulltime RVers, we have experienced those conditions many times. Is not uncommon for visibility to suddenly be reduced to nothing as a sandstorm erupts, and more than once we have seen multiple vehicle accidents, or RVs and eighteen wheelers toppled by strong winds, especially this time of year.

No matter where you have to be or how quickly you think you have to be there, DO NOT risk your lives or your rig by driving in conditions like that! Get off the road. Find an RV park if you can, or else a truck stop or a business with a large parking lot and sit it out. If you can get behind a building to block the wind, even better.

If you have no other options, pull into a rest area and see if you can sandwich yourself between two big trucks. Don’t worry, they’re not going to get blown over on top of you sitting still. The danger is when they are on the highway moving. If you can’t find any kind of shelter, pull off into a rest area or a parking lot and point the rear end of the RV toward the wind if you can. I have literally seen cars and RVs that were sandblasted in strong conditions like that, but at least your windshield should survive. And parking with the rear end (or the front end if you absolutely must) into the wind will make it a lot more comfortable to ride out the storm.

I knew that my blog about RVers registering their vehicles in Montana LLCs was going to upset some people. It always does. I heard from half a dozen readers who have LLCs and are convinced they will never have a problem. And they are right, they might not ever have a problem. Or they may be like another gentleman who wrote to me yesterday to say that he also got a large fine for using a Montana LLC, because he still lives in Michigan and he and his wife don’t plan hit the road as fulltimers for another eighteen months or so. Do what you feel is right for you, folks. Pay your money and take your chances.

After reading my comments about Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program (KU) in yesterday’s blog, a regular reader wrote to say that she uses Kindle Unlimited and it is awesome, but she wondered if I receive any money when people download my books that way. She was afraid she might be cheating me out of income.

No, you’re not cheating me or any author out of anything by reading our books on KU. We get a small amount for every page read. It doesn’t sound like a lot on the surface, but in the course of a month it adds up. Many months the income from Kindle Unlimited is actually more than I make from royalties for books and e-books sold. Click this link to learn more and sign up for a free no obligation 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited.

Every day we are getting orders from readers taking us up on our special offer of digital back issues of the Gypsy Journal for the years 2003 through 2017. They come in PDF format on a USB thumb drive and will provide you with weeks of great reading about places to visit from coast to coast and our adventures as fulltime RVers. The normal cost of the back issue collection is $75, but we are running a special through the end of April for just $65, which includes shipping. Don’t miss out on this great deal. If interested, you can log onto and make payment to Be sure to include your mailing address for fast delivery.

A lot of you do your online shopping by clicking this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate that, because when you purchase an item on Amazon any time of the year from one of our links, we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.

Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Chesapeake 1880 by my friend Ken Rossignol, a tale of life in the Chesapeake Bay region as the industrial revolution changed the world forever. 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 (first and last) 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 – In a life and death situation, do something. It may be wrong, but do something!

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Get Off The Road!”

  1. For the LAST TIME! If there is a link to shop Amazon on the top right of your blog page THE LINK IS BROKEN!!!!!!!!

  2. Yep, he’s right. It isn’t a link at all, just a line of text. The highlighted link IN the blog works fine.

  3. We are trying to get the link issue resolved now. I thought we had fixed it but the problem is back. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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