Friday, November 27, 2009

Reality On the Peace River

The Peace River by Don Bobbitt


Reality On the Peace River

This poem describes one peaceful day when I stopped on the banks of the Peace River in Wauchula Florida and how my observations affected me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

We landed in Wauchula, FL yesterday!

We left Lynchburg on Tuesday, just ahead of the cooler weather that was heading their way!

I drove for ten hours (including rest areas, lunch stop, etc), and we pulled into a decent KOA for the night right off of Exit-1 in Georgia, just north of Jacksonville.

Helen and I were really whipped, more by the stress of the drive than anything else. 

You know how it is.  Driving on our great Interstate highway system,is similar to running through an obstacle course, manned by idiots.  You have to keep your mind keen, and you eyes constantly on the road both in front of you and behind.

We dodged wrecks that had not been cleared.

We drove through construction areas where the narrowed lanes, backed up traffic, and the other mad drivers scared the Hell out of us ..... several times.

We bounced over ridiculously large holes in the road.

We were thrown into the air by sections of the road where a lane of a bridge and the regular lane were not sloped properly.

We were pushed from our lane by insane people who actually think that they have the right-of-way on a merge ramp.

And, we had numerous people who would pass us only to slow down in front of us.

So when we did pull in for the night, I just hooked up the Electric at my site, we took showers, and opened a bottle of Chardonney just to calm down enought to get some sleep.

We pulled out yesterday morning ...... early!  We cruised into Florida, and arrived at out TT campground in Wauchula FL around 1:30 PM, and were all set up by 3.

Naturally, I came down with an attack of the Gout soon after we landed, and I have spent last night and today medicating, and complaining, but we figure we will start our explorations of the CG and the local area tomorrow. 

The CG itself reallly is very nice, and we really look forward to meeting some more people and hearing great stories.
More Later!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wet and Cold in Virginia

We have been here in Lynchburg VA for over a week now.

It started out Ok.  The temperatures were typical for this time of the year, and we had sunshine for several days, starting out.

What we had not planned on was that wet, nasty, lady "Tropical Storm IDA".  She came sneaking up from the Gulf and began dropping rain on the area three days ago. And is still hanging off of the coast trying to push north and harass more people.  Good  Riddance to her.

We came up to visit family and friends before we went on down to the Florida area for the winter.  You know, visit, socialize, go out to Dinner, maybe I could even play a round of Golf with some old friends.

The rain and high winds, though, have made going outside and running around for visits a lot more miserable that we had expected, and our carefully planned calendar of commitments has been blown to shreds.

On the good side, we have been able to confirm that our Propane furnace, electric space heater, and new electric blanket are all functioning as desired.

Before we left for our trip, Helen and I did spend a lot of time going over the RV and making sure that we had repaired or checked out everything we could, and that has paid of for us, on this part of the trip.

Our RV is pretty new, so it is designed with insulated walls and thermal-pane windows.  It has been a lot better to us compared with our older unit that had thinner walls and single-pane windows.

Also, We spent some time repairing some tears in our slide gaskets, and we carefully lubricated the gaskets with Silicone Oil to keep them flexible and moist.

All of this has noticeably reduced the run-time of our furnaces as well as the little space heater.

At night, we turn our electric blanket on the lowest setting, and turn the furnace down to 50F, and set the space heater on it's lowest position.  This has worked well for us at night.

Now, please realize that the outside temperature is only dropping down to the low 40's and mid 30's.  That in itself is not so cold, but when you add the winds that have gusted at times to over 30-mph, that wet cold air really tries to find every crack or opening in an RV.

We do have a few more days to be up here in VA, before we hit the road again, so we will have sat out the flooding that is everywhere in the news, hopefully!

So, like the famous groundhog in Pensylvania, we are going to come out of our "RV hole" today, and perhaps we will see our shadow. 

A shadow from a brightly shining Sun, that generates a lot of nice warmth for the next few days.

Have a nice Day!