As always getting prepared for a long trip is exhausting and I must admit this preparation was even more so. Because the motor home had been “vacant” for six months, I wanted everything in it washed and cleaned, i.e. glasses, plates, silverware, pots, pans, towels, sheets – well, you get it – everything. We did not hook up to water at home so Monday was spent going back and forth between the house and the coach since I did all of the washing in the house. Thank goodness for a dishwasher but … who knew we had a child lock on it. After using it a couple of times I couldn’t get it to come on again. After trying every button on there I finally got out the manual only to be used when all else fails! Voila! It was in child lock. In addition, I vacuumed, swept, mopped and dusted every space I could including the drawers but I can safely say that the RV is most likely as clean as it’s ever been.
Tuesday was a day of appointments, haircuts for both of us, a doctor’s appointment for Jerry so a busy day. In between appointments we carried things out to the RV and slowly loaded everything. We met Trent for a quick dinner and then home to complete the preparation.
For some reason I didn’t sleep well Tuesday night and I’m not sure why. Jerry and I had both noticed that neither of us seemed to be very excited about this trip. He thought he was because of spending so much of our time at our happy place on the river and hating to leave there. Perhaps. I know I have been a bit nervous about traveling since our accident so maybe that’s why. Also, we are going to be gone for a LONG time!
As soon as I knew the coffee was ready I got up. All was quiet as Jerry continued to sleep. I didn’t want to awaken him as I knew he had some long driving days ahead. I took care of paying some bills, etc., took a shower and was already dressed before he got up. Our plan had been to leave by 8:00 but we were running just a bit late. We always begin our journeys with a prayer for safe travel and this time I added accident-free travel and then we were off by 8:30 so that was pretty good for us.
We stopped briefly at a rest stop in Alamance, NC and then were back on the road trying to decide where we would spend the night. Walmart in Princeton, Beckley or Cabela’s in Charleston, WV? Other than a stop for gas and a quick sandwich we spent the day on the road. As we were entering West Virginia I commented on how good the highway was. I really shouldn’t have said that because as soon as I did the road conditions deteriorated drastically. I thought tolls were used to make improvements in the highways but apparently not! It was a bumpy ride but we soldiered on.
Having decided on Cabela’s in Charleston, WV we continued on past the 330 rule. As we were twisting, turning and bumping suddenly the refrigerator and freezer doors started opening. Finally, in desperation I went back and sat across from the fridge holding the doors closed with my feet. Not only was it not comfortable but it began to get a little warm plus I wasn’t able to have a seatbelt on. I’ve always worn my seatbelt but since our accident I’ve become almost neurotic about it. Yikes!
I had called Cabela’s earlier to verify that we could spend the night there but was pleasantly surprised when upon arrival we realized that instead of parking out front in the big parking lot they had a designated parking area just for RV’s. No one else arrived so we had the space to ourselves
Jerry felt that he could temporarily solve the fridge door problem by using some extension rods and we were able to purchase them at Cabela’s. When we are able to stay somewhere free we always make a purchase in the stores so that worked out well for us. In addition, there was a Home Depot next door so he could find an additional tie for the upper doors. Hopefully, that will solve our problem until we can get home and get a more permanent fix.
I had put a chuck roast with potatoes and onions in the crockpot before we left this morning and with a package of steamable broccoli cooked in the microwave we had a nice dinner. As we were cleaning up Jerry noticed that one of our shelves was coming apart so back to Home Depot he went to buy some glue to fix that. It is so reassuring to have a husband who can and will fix almost anything!
Hopefully, we can both get a good night’s sleep and take it easy in the morning as we only have a little over 230 miles to go to reach our destination, New Paris, Ohio at a Harvest Host location.