I have to give my ever-patient wife credit, because for the last few days she’d have had better company and more help around the house from a mannequin. I have stopped taking the Delta 8 during the day, only using it at bedtime. Otherwise, the Cymbalta seems to be keeping the worst of my back pain at bay. The only problem is that it makes me so darned sleepy that all I want to do is get out of bed, have a light breakfast, and then sleep in my recliner for half the day.
Meanwhile, Terry has been busy every minute making preparations for our trip. First, she wanted to get all of the floors vacuumed and mopped, and then she has several lists of things to be packed. She is the most organized person I know. If I were left to my own devices, I’d grab a couple of pairs of undies, an extra shirt, and my toothbrush and go. Of course, then I’d have to buy everything else I needed once I got to my destination.
The plan is to leave tomorrow morning and go up to Alabama to see our son Travis and his wife Geli’s new house. It’s 600 miles, and there was a time we could easily do that in one day, but there’s no need to beat ourselves up getting there. So we’ll probably stop for the night in Dothan, Alabama on the way, which is about 380 miles from here. This is kind of a test to see how well I can tolerate a long drive. Assuming everything goes well, after a few days in Alabama we’ll go on to Arizona, taking our time along the way.
We debated between taking Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica or the pickup. The Pacifica gets better mileage and we have taken it on several trips back and forth to Arizona, as well as up to Ohio and Michigan to research my Tinder Street family saga. But the Laramie is pure luxury and much more comfortable. There’s a lot to be said for comfort at this stage in our lives.
Usually when we take a road trip I try to post a new blog every couple of days and supplement them with old blogs from our past travels as fulltime RVers. But I have not had the energy or focus to do that this time around, so while we are gone the blog posts will be sporadic, and no doubt I’ll miss some days. We are making family time the focus of this trip. Because I don’t know how often I will post a blog, I will not be running our weekly drawing while we are gone. But I promise, once we get home and back on schedule, I’ll have a lot to share with you.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Congratulations Susan Cameron, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 28 entries this time around. Note: While we are on the road the next few weeks the weekly drawings will be temporarily suspended, but will resume when we return.
Thought For The Day – Please wear a mask. Coronavirus has nothing to do with it, some of you are just ugly.
Hi Terry and Nick
Have a wonderful family vacation, be safe.
I will say the rosary everyday for both of your health’s during your travels..
Thank you for all the great read over the years.
Have a safe trip with as little pain as possible. Enjoy your moments with your family.
With your Back problem comfort is a plus but getting into the Van is easier then getting in the Truck. Besides at today’s Gasoline Prices the Van will save your pocketbook.
Safe Travels and Enjoy the Visits.
It’s about time.
Richard, actually with its air suspension that lowers it by several inches, and the running boards, the truck is easier to get into than the van.
Enjoy yourself just as we all enjoy your posts and books. I’ll certainly miss your daily writing but there will be a lot of satisfaction in knowing you are with your family. You know your body better than anyone so my only advice is to listen to what it is saying to you. Happy Trails!
Good luck with the trip, Nick. Not fun when you’re not feeling well. FWIW, I usually talk my wife into taking the F350 for anything over 100 miles, even when we’re not towing the 5er. It’s got a pretty good ride even for a truck and the height and visibility is all over the Infinity. So, take the truck LOL!
Happy travels, Nick and Terry, and thanks for a nice surprise at the end of my day! — Susan Cameron