It took a lot of last minute scrambling after getting our motor home back from Freightliner, but we finally got back on the road again on July 21st. As I said in one of my earlier posts, I will be glad when we don’t have to do the loading and unloading part of this adventure. It takes a lot of time and effort to make sure we have everything for each trip as we still have some items providing dual service between the house and the RV. This makes it necessary to load and unload them each trip. Plus we always have to stock the fridge, pick out our clothes, and make arrangements to have the house and yard cared for while we are gone. With regard to clothes, I always like the response I heard to a question about deciding how many clothes to bring on an RV trip? This person said that you lay out all the clothes and all the money that you think you will need. Then you take half the clothes and twice the money. There is a lot of truth to that statement.
I’m hesitant to always talk about our problems as I don’t want everyone to think that we are cursed, but sometimes I do feel like the “Rodney Dangerfield” of RV’ing. It may be no different than what happens at the house, but seems amplified by the fact that travel is in the mix. As I mentioned earlier, we were a little stressed from the trip preparation and anxious to get on the road. Once we did, our plan was to stay in locations that we had been to before as we headed to Illinois. So our first stop was Auburn, AL then to the Corps of Engineers campground (COE) in Fulton, MS for two days and then the casinos at Tunica. Our final stop before our destination of Effingham, IL was Harrahs casino in Metropolis. We usually boondock in the parking area of the casino, but because of the heat decided to stay at Ft Masac State Park instead where we would at least have a 50 amp hookup for the AC.
Well, on our first night which was Auburn, I started to feel sick. At first I thought was allergies and it would pass. However, by the next morning I was feeling worse and had developed a cough. At the COE park in Fulton, MS I was worse and glad that we would be there for two days so I could recuperate before moving on to Tunica. Unfortunately, I never did recover and by the time we made it to Effingham I was ready to visit Urgent Care. I contacted my old friend for the best facility to go to and as soon as we were settled in the camp, Liz and I headed over to it. Diagnosis – acute bronchitis. Treatment – antibiotics and cough medicine. At least this should put me on the “road” to recovery.
There was still one more nagging problem and that was that my right knee was causing problems. I had done so much work around the yard before our trip that I ended up at the doctor on July 1st for pain in and around the knee. He said that it had arthritis and was stressed from the work so he gave me a cortisone shot. For whatever reason, the shot didn’t provide much relief and all the activity with the trip preparation and the constant bending when hooking and unhooking the electric, water, sewer etc. exacerbated the problem. More on this issue later.
We planned to stay in Effingham for about 5 days to visit my mother, before heading to Newmar in Nappanee, IN for warranty work on the RV. After being with my mother for a short time, it became apparent that our time in Illinois might need to be extended. Some issues with her health and a problem with her cats and the assisted living facility were going to need attention from us.
I have heard a quote that says, “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” Well, I think that it is true for us in this case. Unexpected problems is one of the reasons that it is important to build as much flexibility into your plans as possible. Without going into a lot of detail, what Liz and I decided to do was to head to Nappanee for our service appointment as it is difficult to re-schedule and then return to Effingham instead of heading to Michigan. It is disappointing, but it is more important to get things straight with my mother before moving on. It will probably involve a couple of weeks time to take care of everything which would have cut our Michigan trip in half. At this point, we will probably re-group and make a new plan going forward. Michigan will have to happen at another time.
Report from Nappanee to come!