I know us writers are supposed to be able to do everything fast and accurate, but once in a while we need to re-group. I try to post every day, but life interferes. This week-end we spent cleaning Miranda, and getting a new book ready to publish. Miranda has been in storage and needs a facelift.
You have heard me talk about, Miranda, our Motorhome and our travels. We loved our time on the road and are yearning to do it again. We will be working a little, to keep Miranda in the style to which she has become accustomed. Before we hit the road we calculate the cost of gas, Resort rent, and food. The last time we were on the road it was $.50 a mile. Miranda gets about 7 to 9 miles per gallon. It also takes about a gallon of gas per hour to run the generator.
We have a two sided sheet in plastic that we check off items before we “hit the road,” the last thing is checking the tail, and brake lights. When we use Dolly-Part-On for our car, every time we stop for a rest or to change drivers, we check the hook-up just to make sure. Sir Fit the White Knight can’t really come off Dolly-Part-0n, but we check anyway. You may not believe this, but we can from start to finish, be ready to hit the road in 1/2 to 1 hour! We accepted a workamping job one summer, and when our nerves became so inflamed they were about ready to burst, it took less than the 1/2 hour to pack and leave.
The most important thing we do is take Miranda to see her Doctor for a check up. We have a favorite place called Precision Tire and Auto but they work on RVs too. They do an 18 point check and give us a written report. They do not try to get us to do un-needed repairs.
We drive 55 to 60 mph, we do not drive until we are exhausted, and we switch drivers ever hour to one and a half hour. This is supposed to be fun, so why would we drive 10 or 12 hours at break-neck speed, and not see anything on the way and fall into bed the minute we arrive? If we sound dull, think about this; we have never had an accident and never had a ticket! We get to our resort in time for a swim, have a relaxing dinner, and meet new friends.
If you see us, on the road, wave and smile. Happy traveling!