If I were to describe the most important attributes needed to be a full-time RVer, they would be flexibility and compromise. I suppose a third one would be patience, but that word and I aren’t speaking to one another right now!
I thought with six kids I already had flexibility and compromise mastered but it has been 10 years since they were all living at home and I’m afraid those skills have become rusty. Well, no more! There have been three times already when our plans have gone seriously awry, including our start up date which ended up being pushed back almost a month.
So here we are again with a new plan. We were hoping to go to Houston for two weeks to help with hurricane relief but the timing wasn’t good with the mission we chose as they are still setting up to have groups in. We hope to try again in February on our way to California.
From Houston we were headed to the Austin area to visit my sister and her family so we just pushed those dates up. Anne works part-time and I had some hours to fill so she found me another way to help through the Austin Disaster Relief Network. I guess since the flooding a lot of people have moved from Houston to Austin and so Austin is distributing food and supplies. Not sure what it’s all about yet but I signed up!
Brent will be in Orlando for a week while I’m in Austin. He does some consulting for a company there and this is a good time and place to leave me. We plan/hope to be in Texas until the 12th of November and then will head back to Fort Wayne, getting there by Thanksgiving.
I thought it would be fun to spend our first real holiday on the road but it made more sense to push straight through. Can’t stop thinking how cute Cornish hens would have looked in our little RV oven but there is always next year and I’m excited to see four of our kids who live in Fort Wayne or nearby Indy.
We need to get Fred in to a Camping World for some much-needed repairs but that has been a difficult proposition. I won’t bore you with the gory details, but you need at least 3-4 weeks lead time and Winnebago has to get involved and sign off on everything since he is under warranty and it has just been a big pain in the butt. I guess we will get through Thanksgiving and then figure it out.
The good news is that our Jeep, Riley, is in Fort Wayne and so when we pull out in December we will have an escape vehicle which is super exciting.