The day before we headed south last year it was a miserable wet, windy, & cold rain soaked day. To-day was a repeat performance as I hooked the car up to the motorhome in the rain. The last time I hitched the car up was around March 23rd of this year when we left the ranch near Douglas, Arizona. I surprised myself by remembering how to do it without having to get in a big snit with my myself. We have the rig parked on the road in front of our driveway now & plan to roll out as early as we can in the morning. Probably won't sleep good to-night so I have a feeling it will be an early start. There will be no excitement or smiles on our faces until we clear the border!!!!
Wow, sure is a big stampede going on in the blogging world with the release of Windows 7 this week. Blog after blog I'm reading are talking about it. Some folks have Win 7 on order while others are going the upgrade route. A friend of mine (Gary) in Bayfield emailed the other night saying he just got a new laptop with Win 7 installed. From the early reports it looks like it's going to be a great program. We had talked about it a few months ago but will wait until next year before deciding on a new puter. Our AMD desktop running XP is about 4 years old while our Toshiba, also with XP is a little over 3 years old. So far they are both performing fine & we'd like to get a few more miles out of them. One of the big mistakes I made when we went from Windows 98 to XP was in trying to turn XP back into Win 98. I think we have a habit of routines & sometimes we try to resist the change by clinging to old habits. I did manage to mess it up pretty good & a techie guy had to straighten it out for me. Kelly then straightened me out right quick & we've all been one big happy family ever since.
In a matter of hours our sticks & bricks life of the past 7 months will literally change overnight to our five & a half month life on the road with over half that time boondocking somewhere in the deserts of Arizona & California. And with this overnight change to-night comes the re-learning curve. Everything is different. Gotta figure out the rig's TV remote again plus this year we'll have Star Choice. Haven't driven anything 53' long since last March. That length includes the car.
Water will take on new importance as will gasoline & propane, Solar panels, inverters, & batteries will once again enter our daily vocabulary. My nightly sleeping arrangement will go from a spacious double bed in my very own room here at home to a single bed in the front of the coach with 3 dogs all piled up around me. Kelly has the spacious & quiet luxury of the big bedroom in the back of the coach. So, am I complaining....no sireeeeeee. Us old dogs gotta stick to-gether!!
I'm going to miss my hot lobster showers every single morning after we leave too. I am already missing my big recliner, stereo, big TV, double bed, comfy cozy computer room with stereo sub woofer computer sound, & bigger kitchen conveniences. Is this stuff enough to stay home for?? No way Jose but I'm going to miss them all anyway & even though I love traveling I'm already looking forward to coming home at the end of the long dusty journey & ka-flopping into my big old comfy chair again:))
LOADING SOME FINAL THINGS
Noticed TIOGA GEORGE stopped in to see WANDERWOLF in Ajo, Arizona to-day. We popped into to see Mike, his rig Wanderwolf, & his dog, Little Bit, last December when we were passing through the neighborhood as well. You can read our blog about that meeting HERE. Tioga George is on his way from Mexico to California at the moment to get his Datastorm system fixed. I blogged about Tioga George about a month or so ago. Wished I had some kind of quick reference system here for finding things in previous posts. Tioga George just past the 4 million visitors to his site mark about a week ago. I think he has the largest following of all RV folks on the road to-day. Maybe one day the Bayfield Bunch will get to meet Tioga George:)) WANDERING WILLY once met him.
Well, time to call it day & this will be the last post from this computer here at home for awhile. Hopefully I'll be back to-morrow night from somewhere north of Indianapolis. Wish us luck at the border & when you hear that whoosh of air go over your head sometime in the morning it's just the Bayfield Bunch letting out a big huge sigh of relief as we finally clear the border. And if you see something sparkle in the sky it's just the sun's reflection off our big toothy Cheshire grins as we point our faces into the wind, put the hammer down, & head off for the sunny southwest...............10-4:))
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