In RV lingo – I am getting ready to roll. I am going
to be moving back into my sweet little Roadtrek and heading out into the wide-open spaces of the American West.
All good things come to an end. My time “Sheltering in Place” with my friends, Cynthia and Ward is coming to a close. It is time to give them their home back. We have gotten along more than well, not one argument. I will miss them. This three-month adventure has made me realize that community living is definitely possible.
Where am I going? I am heading north. As I am sitting in the middle of a Santa Ana and things are warming up in San Diego county I realize it is time to head for the coast and the mountains in search of cooler weather. First I will venture to Ventura for a few days to meet up with Dan Neeley of Dan Neeley RV Services who knows all things Roadtrek. It is time to get some work done on my rig. We have been trying to get together since January, without success.
I have good friends in so many places. It makes it easy to travel and feel safe from all those germs out there. A few summers ago Miss Elsie the Cat and I spent most of a summer in Donnelly, Idaho. My good friend Linda and her husband, Steve, offered us the use of their cabin in the mountains. It was a beautiful summer of hiking, biking, and using the lakes, that are generously dispersed throughout this beautiful country. It was also a summer of getting to know Linda and Steve better.
I am returning sans Elsie. I asked Linda if their second home might be available and without hesitation, she said yes. Why not shelter in place there? Why not enjoy the mountains and water? Why not?
Ooooohh there are so many possibilities.
It is time to clean out my rig and put what is not needed into storage for the next several months. I am spending time cleaning and getting things done while still enjoying the company of my friends. My new bikes are getting excited. I occasionally hear their chains rattle in anticipation.
This will be the first adventure out since Covid 19 arrived on the American scene.
What will I do differently now than when I traveled before?
- Wash my hands often.
- Keep hand sanitizer readily available and use it.
- Wear gloves when I pump gas. It had not occurred to me until Covid that touching a gas pump handle is dirty. Think of all the people who touch a handle on any given day. I have disposable gloves or work gloves that I will use when I pump gas.
- I have masks, thanks to Cynthia. I will use them when I encounter others and will faithfully wear them.
- The free tours of my rig are on hold for now. 😕
- I will eat at home almost exclusively. I have a small but efficient kitchen in my rig and it will be used.
- I am so thankful for my own bathroom. I will be able to avoid public restrooms. And I can shower at ease in my rig.
- It will be unique to visit others while socially distancing (6-8 feet away), but at least we can visit.
There will be challenges as well. How do I approach laundromats to wash my clothes? I will have to enter a grocery store. I haven’t seen the inside of one since early March. Remaining alert and attentive will help me weave my way through the challenges as they arise.
This will be a good getaway for me. I have had a lot to deal with in the past six months. I know this adventure out will not be truly normal, yet I hope I still have the excitement of seeking out new adventures and places. This year I will be on a careful and watchful adventure. Normal times are not here yet.
And if things bottom out again in the next week and a half…..it is not a bad option to remain “Sheltered in Place” with my good friends in San Diego.
Today I am thankful for good friends, my rig and knowing how to safely, move through my world.