2-2-2 A Loose Rule for Traveling in an RV

This is the last day of an RV “Rally” at the Elkhart 4H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Indiana.  Today is day four. We will be pulling out in the morning and driving all of 35 miles to a local winery who allows RVs to stay overnight. The general rule for travel is 2-2-2. That means: drive no more than 200 miles, get into your camp before 2PM and stay 2 days. We are pretty good at the first two, but the staying two days is hard if you are bored! Sometimes you want to stay longer when commitments or cost dictate otherwise. We are finding this life to be different than boating, and enjoyable. It is much, much easier in many ways with a corresponding increase in cost.  We are able to cover a lot more ground, and it is easy enough to drop off the path to explore if desired […]

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On the move again – but faster!

Here we go again. Not only is the golf tournament completed (very successfully thanks to volunteers, sponsors, donors and players) but so is our 6 year relationship with paws4vets and paws4people. We have separated due to ‘irreconcilable differences’. It was a good run and we are proud to have played a major role in bringing in close to one million dollars in funding during that time. They have a great mission and we wish them the best. So Saturday after the event we hit the road on a new adventure in our 5th wheel. We have lots of ideas and maybes, but really we are just headed westward. Slowly. Faster than the boat’s 7 mph as we travel more like 60mph, but instead of pulling anchor up at dawn and moving 10 or more hours to get 70 miles in, we unplug from water and electric, roll up the awning, […]

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Updates April 2017. We move. Again.

Please stop with the harassing calls and emails. We know you want to hear from us but we have been busy! In reality we love to hear from you and to know that someone is reading the posts and watching the videos. Thank you! Lots of changes in the last three months and more to come. Here is the update via video.   Let us know what you think!

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Who wants to go traveling in style?

As usual there is lots going on around here. If you have been following the storyline, the plan was to fix up the Land Yacht so we had a place to live for a few months while we organized the 2nd Annual Step Up to the Tee for Veterans golfing fundraiser in Beaufort SC. (BTW we still need players, donors and sponsors to make this work! Please check out http://paws4vets.org/golf) The next step in the plan was to sell Yume and find a truck and 5th wheel RV to travel westward after the fundraiser. Well… We found a truck on Craigslist in Sarasota and picked it up this week. While down there we put a deposit on a 5th wheel as well. It is a 32ft 2007 Newmar Cypress. (See image above.) So now we have a vehicle for the first time since we left the horse farm three and […]

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On the Road – Again… Updates to the Land Yacht and Plans

Well hi there. For the past four weeks we have been hitting it pretty hard getting our (new to us) 33ft Airstream Land Yacht brought up to date and termite free! The first video is in this post. Then this one. She looks good. Would you like to see? The plan was to leave this last Sunday – but found a slow leak in a tire and took the RV in to get that fixed. The owner at the Goodyear place talked me in to spending $1000 for 6 new tires as the current ones are 11 years old and probably not the safest on the road. I agonized over that decision – but as in all things we are definitely watched over. As they pulled the double wheels off the drive shaft, it was readily apparent the brakes were ready for catastrophic failure. We would have found out by […]

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Remodeling Our New Home

Suffice to say we have been busy as we are kind of under a deadline. With a commitment to be in Beaufort SC to get the 2nd Annual paws4vets Golfing Fundraiser organized – we have to be out of our son’s driveway here in Valdosta Ga in about 10-12 days. I’ll post a series of videos to show our progress. We are doing our best to leave a little time to be able to visit on the way!  

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Ocean Yacht to Land Yacht in Under Two Weeks!

Yowsa! Two weeks ago we rented a car to visit the boys at Ryan’s place in St Pete. Ian was driving in from Valdosta for the weekend. We were both looking forward to visiting the boys. We decided to stop by and visit our sailing friends Dave and Cathy for lunch in Jacksonville, then Joe and Sue in Ft Pierce for dinner, stay the night and drive over to St Pete on Sat. Easy. Dave was showing us around the church where they park their RV and do mission work (all kinds of stuff needing doing with a group called Nomads) and casually pointed out a motor home, laughed and said “you could probably get that cheap” or something to that effect. We looked inside and Shelly said “don’t touch anything”. The RV had been sitting there for 5 years under the trees, the interior was pretty bad – moldy, […]

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Is Charleston SC the South? Is It Warm Yet?

As I listen to the rain bouncing off the deck of the boat just over my head, and realize we are just two days from Beaufort, I feel as though we have moved into the ‘South’. It is just something about Live Oaks, Spanish Moss, Saw Grass lining the waterway, and big tides that makes me glad to be here. Of course anyone who brings a boat down the waterway in late November and early December in an open cockpit should have their head examined. Although it has definitely been milder than previous years, mild is a relative term. When you start out in the morning with a hose in your hand, washing the mud off the anchor as it comes in, with a flashlight in your teeth so you can see in the dark – well you start cold and pretty much stay cold all day. And you have to […]

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Southbound – First Week. This is the view back towards the west heading out Washington Channel and Gangplank Marina where we stayed this fall. The Washington Monument is to the left and all the new construction for The Wharf DC is to the right.       Dropped the dinghy in the dark and took Goose in for a beach run. I could hear him running to and from but couldn’t see him! Back on the boat and underway as the sun was beginning to lighten the sky in the east. It turned into a blood red (red sky in morning – sailors take warning!) sunrise but we could not get that in the picture. Motored all the way to St Mary’s River and up to a marina called Denis Point to wait out a blow. And blow it did. From 70 degrees it dropped to 30 and blew gusting […]

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What a Difference 17 miles Can Make

We left Gangplank and DC at 330 this afternoon and ran down the Potomac under a foresail and engine and the outgoing tide doing about 7.5 knots past Ronald Reagan Airport, the new National Harbor, Ft. Washington and Mt Vernon before dropping an anchor by a small beach in about 8 feet of absolutely flat calm water as the sun sank in the west. As I write there is a huge difference in our lives. From the last three months of constant noise from the other boats in the marina, the construction of 6 new huge buildings at The Wharf, the metro subway (yes you can hear it go by underground!), the planes from RR airport, and the helicopters all day from and to the White House – to absolutely quiet. From over 50 fundraiser events at places like Walter Reed, the Pentagon, CIA, FEMA, ad nauseum with two dogs […]

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