Monday, March 29, 2010

Brrr!

It was 34 degrees outside when I got up this morning. I'm in Las Cruces, NM, at about 4,000 ft.

Nice view from my current parking space. It's especially lovely at night with city lights sparkling in the distance.
It's quiet up here. Having lived in apartments for many years, I'm still getting accustomed to the whole quiet thing. It's kind of nice I guess, but I really think that quiet is highly overrated. Let's see how I feel about that six months or a year from now.

On Sunday, I walked around an outdoor market square and decided I should get a tshirt from the various places I visit, provided I see one that I like. There were several here that really appealed to me and it was tough making a decision on which to get. Here's the one I ended up buying.
The design on the tshirt is actually a copy of a painting by Ginny Hogan. I've since found her website and really like her paintings.

Oh, by the way, you can click on any of the pictures here to see a larger version.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Zipping along the bike paths

While visiting Herb and Martha in Scottsdale, I zipped between their place and my RV on my new bike. I bought this just before I left California. It's an EZ-GO, electric, folding bike.



This bike went the 6 miles fairly well, though I did pedal part of the way. I don't think it would have gone all the way strictly on the battery, though it's advertised as going up to 10 miles. Still, it's a great addition to the RV since it folds up nicely and fits in the shower where it rides while we're on the road. When stopped, I keep the battery indoors in a closet and chain the bike to the back of the RV.

I considered towing my car in my travels, but since the RV is only 24' long, it's easy enough to drive and park and I really didn't want to shell out the $$ for all the tow hardware. I found the bike shortly before leaving (on sale at Walmart online) and consider it a good alternate solution to tranportation while the RV is parked.

Oh, the bike paths in Scottsdale are plentiful and very scenic. A good part of the ride was alongside golf courses. Here's one part of the path I rode several times. Nice, huh?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Successful launch!

On Friday morning, March 19, 2010, at precisely 5:26am, I pulled away from the curb at the house in southern California and was on my way.

First stop: Scottsdale, AZ to visit Herb and Martha.

Debbie drove with me on Friday and flew back home on Sunday afternoon.
Here's Debbie with Herb and Martha. They're quite the photogenic lot, aren't they?


Here's Debbie driving Martha's car. Now THAT'S a fun ride!! Debbie has decided she wants one of her own!
I've met several of my new neighbors and joined some of them for cocktails and dinner last night. RV parks are a gathering place for some of the neatest people you'll ever meet.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Oh my goodness! I bought a motorhome!!

I'd been looking at RVs for a couple years when I finally decided what I wanted. I decided on a small Class C and would buy one used to limit the expense and the loss if I decide that I hate it and want to sell it.

In September 2009, I found a very well cared for 1998 Lazy Daze 23.5' Front Lounge and decided to take the plunge.

Since then, I've moved from my apartment in southern California and into the RV. Well, I'm ALMOST all moved in. I've gotten rid of most every THING I own, put a few things in storage, obtained a mail forwarding service, changed addresses, gone paperless in most accounts, etc.

Launch date is Friday, March 19, 2010 - a day and a half from now. Somewhat scarey, but mostly just very, VERY exciting.

Stay tuned.