Getting all our worldly stuff sorted out -- what to take, to leave, to give away, to sell, or to just trash -- is not an easy task. But that is only part of the battle. Where to store everything is the second part of the stuff battle, but we found that was easier than the first part and we are just about finished. Hooray!
Now there are only tons of other things to get accomplished before the big day to shove off to see this Great Country of ours! Getting all of our bills and banking fixed so it will be easy to do on the road is easier than first thought, so that was pretty easy.
On to the next item of getting the motorhome in tip-top shape to go on our Great Adventure. We have to make sure all the routine maintenance is taken care of, because we don't want any unpleasant surprises on the road; or, we at least want to minimize the chance. This calls for making a nice checklist with all the required maintenance and the proper scheduling. I love lists to make sure all is done and nothing is left to chance.
Along with the mechanical maintenance, the inside and outside of the motorhome must be clean and protected. DW does the inside and I concentrate on the exterior. Get the roof washed and waxed (NuFinish) so the roof looks bright white. Next, wax and buff the sides, front and rear. This is time consuming but helps to protect the fiberglass and gelcoat.
Oops! Gravity works! I fell off the ladder while waxing it and broke my right heel bone! It has been a month after the operation, during which a plate and some screws were inserted. So far, all is going well, but it will be at least another eight weeks before I can drive the motorhome. With any luck, we will be able to head out full-timing by the middle of August.
DW now has to learn to drive the motorhome a little quicker than she thought, but I know she will be great at it once she gets over the initial nervousness of first driving it. We hired a professional driver/instructor, which made things a lot nicer for DW and she did an excellent job. It really helped bring up her confidence level and I gained a few good pointers as well. As they say, â€œHalf the fun is getting there!â€
I also had to retire from teaching a month early as I had to stay off my broken heel, which is not quite the way I wanted to finish my teaching career. Not being mobile is driving me crazy and not doing much for DW, who is doing all the moving of stuff into the motorhome. But all and all we are getting there.
We did have the ABS light come on during the driving lessons, so our next step is to have the motorhome serviced a Freightliner this week. Hopefully, the ABS system will be fixed in time for our three-chapter rally over the 4th of July.
Have a great and safe holiday weekend, all!