RV Road Life
RV life from the passenger seat. Or in Puddin’s case, the back seat. We are an ambitious couple setting out to explore America in our shiny new 5th Wheel and dually truck.
What we’ve learned so far… driver’s love to cut off a large vehicle just because they can. We drive slow and watch the world go by our windshield. Stopping for the dogs to poop and to pick up local groceries. Preferably at a road side stand.
Our previous post left us in the Washington Cascade Mountains on our way to Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Well, Mother Nature had other plans for us. The night before we were due to drive across the Washington/Idaho state border to Glacier, the floods hit Yellowstone and the park was closed. The popular Glacier “Road to the Sun” was closed within hours, due to flooding as well. Guess you can’t drive on a road when it’s been washed away. NOW WHAT?!
Since leaving California, we’ve driven north through Oregon to Washington. As soon as we crossed into Oregon, it started snowing and raining. It hasn’t stopped raining in the past month, although there are moments of sunshine most days that we take full advantage of.
We never made it to Lake Tahoe. The National Weather service had severe wind advisories in effect for the area we were to travel to. Beyond his fear of heights, Steve’s healthy fear of high winds had us re-thinking our ambitious plans to get to the Northwest.
I joined Toastmasters 5 years ago to improve my public speaking skills. This weekly, constant sharpening of the saw, made most of us phenomenal speakers in Zoom. During RV life, my club keeps me grounded and connected.
It just dawned on me, that I can go days without stepping outside. Not exactly highly unusual since I’ve always lived and worked under the same roof, even before it was COVID-cool.
As we drove into Hawthorne, we spent the last 29 miles in a sand storm. We were trailing another RV and I noticed it was fish tailing a little. Sure enough, Steve was working hard to keep us upright on the road and in the middle of the lane. His hands were sweating so badly.
Know this, I’m an avid reader. Steve is the complete opposite. Unless the book ahs colorful pictures of food or recipes, he’s not likely to read it.
To be honest, I don’t know how to start off today’s entry. For the past bit of time, we’ve been racing around family functions and meetups. Now that’s all done for the next couple of months. In one way, I feel a bit depressed its all over, yet excited about the next six months of travel.
There are some family members that are easy to get along with, and some that take effort to prepare to be around and time to recover from. Fortunately, Aunt Corrine has always been very easy to get along with.
Even though we pack things up for travel, things always move, or a cabinet flies open. I mean, the house is moving! In most cases, it’s just the refrigerator that needs attention. We stopped taking chances, and the items in it are always secured for road days. Except today, apparently.