There has been and continues to be much discussion about RVing at a time like this. Lots of comments that state we are already pretty much self contained and no threat as we travel, it's not a communal kind of life style, you can stay away from people, etc. But even so, more and more federal, state, city, and county parks and campgrounds are closed. Numerous private campgrounds are closed, some have even asked the people there now to get out. Now if you are a part time Rver, no problem, yes your trip might have to be cancelled, but you can always sit it out at home, but what if you are a full-timer like we are? This coach is our home, and we can be self contained and shelter in place, or socially distance like anyone else, but where should we do it? What about the fact that your reservation is running out where you are and your upcoming reservations are now becoming questionable, the state parks where you had reservations and intended to stay for several weeks have closed, where do you go? I happen to think that traveling in an RV is a very safe way to move about, you can fuel without contact, check in to a park without contact, sites are usually spaced apart from one another, you can stay a safe distance from neighbors, does it really matter where you are? But on various social media along with the banding together to beat this thing, I am seeing little indications here and there of another sentiment, I hope no one is coming to my state, town, village, area and bringing the virus, maybe we shouldn't allow anyone in? I read a post where someone had gone for a hike in a national park and was appalled there were out of state plates in the parking lot! Come on, this we do not what we need right now when we all should be banding together to beat this thing. So what have we decided to do?
Jan and I, with a lot of discussion with her sister Karen and Tom, our neighbor here, and planned caravan partner up through Maine this year, have decided to pause our count down clock for up to 30 extra days. We have extended here in Florida and are very confident that with this pause it will give us enough time to see where this is going one way or another. That way we will be here in a known environment, surrounded by people we know, our doctors, should it come down to that, are here, it seems to be a pretty safe area as to the virus, we can maintain our distancing, and it gives us the luxury of time. We have cancelled most of our plans in the Atlanta area, medical items that aren't absolutely necessary, so are still very hopeful with a good outcome we will still be able to resume our plans of heading to Maine for 6-8 weeks. We'll see.
So now that I have bored you to tears with all my pontificating about a subject you are probably already sick of, I'll move on to more mundane stuff.
Just so I don't disappoint you I'll start with food, little did we know it was essentially our last lunch out.
|Delicious fried clam strips and shrimp!|
If you remember last year our awning over the front passenger side slide had a problem. When a service center adjusted the fabric they inadvertently broke the extrusion and with the wind and wear it released the fabric on the end.
|The broken end|
|You can see how the extrusion slides in,|
and the fabric slides into the extrusion
|My custom tool to hold the awning fabric while doing the repair|
|You can see where I cut it|
|Slipping the new piece in|
|Jan doing her best to show the repair before I secured it in place|
|Jan starting the job|
|My expression reflects the bug trying to drink my bourbon:-)|
|Our companion in solving the issues of the world, BIL Tom|
|One of the new fixtures going in|
|The lit switch is the culprit|
|The brains of the system in our back closet|
|The bad module|
|New one going in|